Archive for July, 2017

The Veteran Tool Kit Program through the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services (ADVS) is available to help unemployed veterans get the supplies they need to start working!

The Veteran Tool Kit Program through the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services (ADVS) is available to help unemployed veterans get the supplies they need to start working!

The Veterans department has kicked off a pilot program called the Veteran Tool Kit Program that offers $150,000 over the next year, with a maximum of $750 per veteran.

The funding is only for veterans who don’t yet have a job and not for someone who already has a job.

Funding comes from a donation fund that is funded through the purchase of veterans’ license plates.

The ADVS is working with the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES Veteran’s Workforce Services) to find veterans who are seeking employment and need that extra bit of funding to get to work.

Qualifying veterans must:

• Live in Arizona
• Be enrolled in an Arizona Department of Economic Security employment program (via AJC www.azjobconnection.gov)
• Identify the job they need supplies for (a job offer is required/supplies will be ordered via Amazon.com and shipped directly to the veteran)

Find your local DES Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialist here:
https://eol.azdes.gov/EOLSearchResults.aspx?cat1=11

25 Jul, 2017  Posted by Beth   Comments Off on The Veteran Tool Kit Program through the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services (ADVS) is available to help unemployed veterans get the supplies they need to start working!
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Please Contact Your Representative and Urge a “NO” Vote on S. 114

 

Thank you for reading this and please spread the word!

Unless we act quickly, this Monday, July 24, the House plans to vote on unacceptable legislation that provides billions for private sector care, but nothing to modernize the VA health care system. We need to you contact your Representatives and urge them to vote “No” on S. 114, as currently written.

Earlier this year, VA informed Congress that the funding for the Choice program would soon run out, perhaps as early as August, and that without additional funding, many veterans might lose access to care. We have been working with Congress for weeks to find a solution that not only addresses the Choice funding shortfall, but also makes the investments to modernize and expand capacity at VA so that veterans who “choose” VA also have timely access to care.

Unfortunately, the legislation currently scheduled for a vote in the House on Monday, July 24 would provide $2 billion for private sector care through the Choice program, but make no comparable investment in VA-provided care.  In addition, it would require that “savings” or “offsets” be made from other veterans benefits in the future to “pay” for veterans health care. That is simply unacceptable.

Veterans health care benefits have already been “paid for” through the service and sacrifice of the men and women who wore our nation’s uniform, millions of whom suffered injuries, illnesses and lifelong disabilities.

This past week we joined with leaders of almost every other major national veterans organization to share out strong opposition to this legislation, just as we did last month in a jointly signed letter to veterans leaders in the House and Senate.

Now we are calling on Congressional leaders to work together, and with us, to develop better legislation that will address funding gaps in the Choice program, while also making the investments necessary to modernize the VA health care system.  After all, the reason that the Choice program was created in the first place was because veterans were unable to secure timely appointments inside VA facilities.

Please use the prepared letter to contact you Member of Congress to urge them to vote “No” on S. 114, as currently drafted.  Thank you for standing up for veterans.

Use the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/47oGMFpry7aeqk7dOt-0Iw

22 Jul, 2017  Posted by Beth   Comments Off on Please Contact Your Representative and Urge a “NO” Vote on S. 114
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Support S. 683, Keeping Our Commitment to Disabled Veterans Act of 2017

Please ask your Senator to cosponsor and to support passage of the Keeping Our Commitment to Disabled Veterans Act of 2017, S. 683.

Senator Mazie Hirono has introduced S. 683, the Keeping Our Commitment to Disabled Veterans Act of 2017.  This bill would extend the requirement for VA to provide nursing home care to veterans with service-connected conditions rated at 70 percent or more, as well as those who need such care for a service-connected disability, or who have a rating of total disability based on individual unemployability.

DAV Resolution No. 142 calls for support of legislation to expand the comprehensive program of Long-Term Support Services (LTSS) for service-connected disabled veterans irrespective of their disability ratings.  The resolution notes that there is a subset of service-connected veterans with chronic or terminal illnesses who need LTSS and will require institutional placements.  According to a recent DAV family caregiver survey, most caregivers indicated that their loved one would need care in an institution now (26%) or would need institutional care in the future without their support (49%). Without family caregivers, institutional care is the only alternative for many veterans with severe disabilities.

According to VA, there were around 21,300 veterans nationwide who met the legislative mandate for nursing home care in fiscal year (FY) 2016. VA estimates there will be over 21,800 veterans treated under this legislative mandate in 2017 and this number is projected to increase to over 22,200 in FY 2018 and over 22,600 in FY 2019. Without extension of the current mandate by Congress beyond December 31, 2017, VA would no longer be required to provide this critical LTSS coverage to service-disabled veterans.

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14 Jul, 2017  Posted by Beth   Comments Off on Support S. 683, Keeping Our Commitment to Disabled Veterans Act of 2017
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07 Jul, 2017  Posted by Beth   Comments Off on Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook and Twitter!
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