• Legal Services Access Improved!

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), together with the American Bar Association, The Veterans Consortium and National Law School Veterans Clinic Consortium, signed a Memorandum of Agreement aimed at improving Veterans’ access to free legal services. Veterans often face stressful legal problems — such as eviction, foreclosure, child support, or drivers’ license revocations — that can affect their ability to gain or maintain...

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Legal Services Access Improved!

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), together with the American Bar Association, The Veterans Consortium and National Law School Veterans Clinic Consortium, signed a Memorandum of Agreement aimed at improving Veterans’ access to free legal services.

Veterans often face stressful legal problems — such as eviction, foreclosure, child support, or drivers’ license revocations — that can affect their ability to gain or maintain employment and housing or focus on medical treatment. In VA’s annual Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups survey, legal assistance repeatedly tops the list of homeless Veterans’ unmet needs.

“We are encouraging VA Medical Centers and other VA facilities to engage with their local communities to establish legal clinics and Medical Legal Partnerships to address Veterans’ legal needs that threaten their health and well-being,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “By signing this agreement, we are documenting a shared commitment to better facilitate Veterans’ access to legal services.”

Currently, VA hosts at least 165 free legal clinics in its VA Medical Centers, Community Based Outpatient Clinics and Vet Centers across the country by partnering with external, legal-service providers, such as local bar associations, legal-aid organizations and law school clinics.

More information on VA’s coordination of legal services for Veterans at VA facilities may be found at https://www.va.gov/OGC/LegalServices.asp.

15 Nov, 2017  Posted by Beth   No Comments »
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Please support H.R. 3558, the Improve Access to Care for Our Female Veterans Act

Representative Susan Brooks (IN) introduced H.R. 3558, the Improve Access to Care for Our Female Veterans Act.  This bill would improve the VA’s procedures for ensuring that environment of care inspections are completed and deficiencies are reported accurately and timely by clarifying and strengthening roles and responsibilities for inspections in VA medical facilities.

The bill seeks to ensure all areas in VA facilities adequately meet privacy and security standards.  Safety and privacy accommodations can be made through simple investments such as installation of privacy curtains or locks on doors.  These minor modifications help create an environment that allows all VA patients, but particularly women, to fully engage in their treatment and recovery without privacy concerns.  Lack of these reasonable accommodations may be particularly troubling for veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress or other disorders related to military sexual trauma.

In addition, the measure would require VA to collect and monitor access data from women veterans seeking care through the Veterans’ Choice Program to ensure they have access to timely care when sent to a community provider.

Please ask your Representative to support H.R. 3558 by sending the prepared letter or composing one on your own.

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13 Nov, 2017  Posted by Beth   No Comments »
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Bill Passed Which Extends Critical Services for Vets:

On September 29, Public Law 115-62, the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2017, was enacted into law.  The bill extends a number of current authorities in veterans’ programs, including Health Care, Benefits, Homelessness, and other matters. The provisions discussed below are supported by resolutions approved by DAV’s membership at our national convention this summer.

DAV strongly supports this law, which extends, by two years, authority for VA to provide nursing home care to veterans with service-connected disabilities; to provide assistance and support services for caregivers; to continue a pilot program for child care for certain veterans in order to allow them to receive health care; to extend a pilot program offering women veterans counseling in retreat settings; and to support beneficiary travel and grants for innovative transportation for veterans living in highly rural areas.  It also allows VA to reimburse veterans for beneficiary travel to Vet Centers in the same manner as if they received services within VA health care facilities for one additional year.  A pilot program to provide neurobehavioral therapy and services to veterans with traumatic brain injuries was extended only by three months pending the submission of a final report to Congress due this December.

The Act also allows VA to continue to provide rehabilitation and vocational benefits to active duty service members with severe injuries for one more year. This authority allows VA to address immediate rehabilitative needs of service members while their probable medical discharges are pending.

The Act extends, by one year, many provisions to assist homeless veterans, including the Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) program administered by the Department of Labor, in addition to grants for child care for certain veterans participating in these programs.  It extends authority for referral and counseling services for certain “at risk” veterans and provides supportive services for very low income families in permanent housing to preempt homelessness.  It extends, by two years, “special needs” grants to homeless provider grantees who work with populations who require additional attention such as hospice services or intensive mental health care and authority for VA to continue to provide comprehensive community services to homeless veterans with serious mental illness.

In addition, the law authorizes, for two additional years, appropriations for adaptive sports programs for disabled veterans and service members. It also extends authority for specially adapted housing grant programs.

DAV commends Congress for acting quickly to ensure these important authorities for veterans were not allowed to lapse.  Service-disabled veterans depend upon these programs to reintegrate successfully into their families, communities and vocations.

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29 Oct, 2017  Posted by Beth   No Comments »
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If you like this bill, please support it at the link below!

If you like this bill, please support it at the link below!

 

Senator Bill Cassidy (LA), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, introduced S. 1261, the Veterans Emergency Room Relief Act of 2017.  This bill would require VA to contract with community urgent care providers and pay reasonable costs for such care provided to veterans who are enrolled in the VA health care system and have received care in the system within the preceding two years.It would also establish cost-sharing amounts for certain veterans receiving care at a VA emergency room.  However, veterans who are hospitalized as a result of their urgent care visit and veterans seeking care for a service-connected condition in addition to veterans meeting criteria for hardship exceptions would be exempt from copayments.

DAV Resolution 242 calls upon Congress to authorize urgent care as part of VA’s basic health benefits package.  Please write your Senators and urge their co-sponsorship and support for passage of S. 1261.

Thank you for your continued efforts and participation in the DAV Commander’s Action Network.

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24 Oct, 2017  Posted by Beth   No Comments »
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DAV supports S. 833, the Servicemembers and Veterans Empowerment and Support Act of 2017

18 Oct, 2017  Posted by Beth   No Comments »
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