• Update to H.R. 4843 to Include Military Installations in Thailand with Herbicide Exposure

    In January 2018, Representative Bruce Westerman (AR) introduced H.R. 4843, a bill that would concede herbicide exposure to all veterans who served at any military installation in Thailand during the Vietnam Era for purposes of determining their eligibility for VA benefits. This measure is a companion bill to S. 2105, introduced by Senators John Boozman (AR) and Joe Donelly (IN).  DAV issued an alert in support of S. 2105 in December...

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Update to H.R. 4843 to Include Military Installations in Thailand with Herbicide Exposure

In January 2018, Representative Bruce Westerman (AR) introduced H.R. 4843, a bill that would concede herbicide exposure to all veterans who served at any military installation in Thailand during the Vietnam Era for purposes of determining their eligibility for VA benefits. This measure is a companion bill to S. 2105, introduced by Senators John Boozman (AR) and Joe Donelly (IN).  DAV issued an alert in support of S. 2105 in December 2017.

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While VA’s internal manual acknowledges herbicide exposure for specific military occupational specialties on the perimeter of eight specific Thai Royal Air Force Bases, Thai statutes and regulations do not automatically recognize veteran exposure to herbicides while serving in Thailand during the Vietnam Era.

H.R. 4843 would automatically concede herbicide exposure for all veterans who served at military installations in Thailand during the Vietnam Era, regardless of the base, duty on the perimeter or military occupational specialty.  As a result, the presumptive diseases currently associated with herbicide exposure, including spina bifida for children, would be applicable to all veterans who served at military installations in Thailand during the Vietnam Era.

Consistent with DAV Resolution No. 214, DAV supports the recognition of herbicide exposure to veterans who served at military installations in Thailand so that the presumption of service connection for Agent Orange related diseases would be available to service members exposed to include those who served in Thailand.  Please use the prepared electronic letter or draft your own to urge your Representative to cosponsor H.R. 4843.

Your advocacy makes DAV a highly influential and effective organization in Washington, D.C.  Your voice makes a difference and we would not be as effective without you.

Thank you for standing with veterans and participating in the DAV Commander’s Action Network.

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08 Jul, 2018  Posted by Beth   No Comments »
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A Bill that Requires the VA to offer Comprehensive Dental Care Has Been Introduced in the House

Representative Carol Shea-Porter (NH) introduced H.R. 4556, a bill that would require the VA to offer comprehensive dental care to all 9.1 million veterans enrolled in the VA health care system.

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Current law limits eligibility for VA dental care to veterans with a service-connected disability rated 100%; veterans with a service-connected dental condition; former prisoners of war; and homeless veterans. Dental care is also available if a dental condition is aggravating a service-connected condition or complicates treatment of that condition.

This bill would eliminate these restrictions on eligibility for VA dental care, allowing all veterans that are enrolled in the VA system to access in-house dental care. The bill phases in the new eligibility over five years to give the VA time to invest in and increase its capacity to provide dental care.

This bill is in accordance with DAV’s Resolution No. 013, which supports legislation for VA to provide dental care services to all enrolled veterans.

Please use the prepared letter to ask your Representative to support passage of H.R. 4556. Thank you for your efforts and support of the DAV Commander’s Action Network.

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01 Jul, 2018  Posted by Beth   No Comments »
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Chapter closed July 4th – July 8th, 2018

Chapter closed July 4th - July 8th, 2018

We will be closed July 4th thru July 8th, 2018.

We will re-open  on Monday July 9th at 9:00am.

Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July Celebration!!!

 

25 Jun, 2018  Posted by Carey Slade   No Comments »
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We Have a Winner!

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Mark Thornton for winning the M-1 Carbine 30 Caliber Rifle from our Rifle Raffle Drawing held June 14, 2018! Our Rifle Raffles are an important fundraiser for our chapter and we appreciate and thank everyone for their support!!

Congrats to the Winner!!

 

24 Jun, 2018  Posted by Beth   No Comments »
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Please Watch this Important Video from Arizona Dept. of Veterans’ Services Director Wanda Wright. Thank You!

11 Jun, 2018  Posted by Beth   No Comments »
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