Archive for September, 2017

Please consider supporting the Run for the Fallen

Please consider supporting the Run for the Fallen

Please consider supporting the Run for the Fallen – It starts October 13 and finishes October 15. It is a 146 mile run with the families of the fallen waiting at each mile marker. It takes three days and each mile honors a fallen soldier. The route is from Tucson to Phoenix and goes through Globe and Gilbert. The website has many ways you can show your support. We appreciate anything you can do!

25 Sep, 2017  Posted by Beth   No Comments »
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Please Support: Legislation to Improve Access to Child Care for Veterans In Need of VA Mental Health Care Services

Legislation to Improve Access to Child Care for Veterans In Need of VA Mental Health Care Services

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY) introduced H.R. 3368, a bill that would improve access to child care services for veterans receiving certain Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care treatments including intensive or regular mental health care services or other types of health care deemed appropriate by the Secretary.

Veterans who are the primary caretakers of their children often cite lack of child care as a significant barrier to accessing needed medical care services-especially specialized services for war-related mental health conditions.  H.R. 3368 would authorize VA to provide child care at an on-site VA facility, reimburse a private licensed child care agency for such care or collaborate with other federal agencies for the service helping to remove a known barrier for ill and injured veterans with child care responsibilities to access essential VA health care services.

Please use the letter below to urge your Representative to cosponsor and support passage of H.R. 3368-legislation to improve access to child care for veterans in need of VA mental health or other critical medical care services.

Thank you for your efforts and continued support of the Commander’s Action Network.

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21 Sep, 2017  Posted by Beth   No Comments »
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Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom Vets exposed to burn pits:

Representative Elizabeth Esty, ranking member of the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability and Memorial Assistance, introduced H.R. 1279, the Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act. The bill would establish a Center of Excellence in preventing, diagnosing, mitigating, treating and rehabilitating conditions related to veterans’ exposure to burn pits during Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.  The Center would be charged with using data from the registry to study whether exposure is associated with long-term health effects in veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan in addition to improving diagnosis and treatments for those exposed.

VA’s website states that exposure to toxins found in the burn pits may be associated with skin, eye, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, or internal organ problems.  Exposure to burn pits is generally associated with short-term effects, such as eye irritation, acute respiratory symptoms, and skin itching or rashes.  However, according to a 2011 Institute of Medicine report, fine dust particles and pollution in Iraq and Afghanistan may actually be more responsible for respiratory illness claimed by veterans who served there.

DAV Resolution No. 237 supports improvement of care and benefits for veterans exposed to toxins and environmental hazards, including a rigorous research agenda to identify any associations between such exposures and adverse health outcomes.

Please write your elected officials and urge their co-sponsorship and support for passage of H.R. 1279.  Thank you for your continued efforts and participation in the DAV CAN (Commander’s Action Network).

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13 Sep, 2017  Posted by Beth   No Comments »
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For World War II veterans with mustard gas and lewisite exposure claims, please read.

The recently passed Forever GI Bill (Public Law 115-48), signed by the President on August 17, 2017, includes a provision that requires the VA to reconsider previously denied claims for World War II veterans who were exposed to nitrogen mustard gas, sulfur mustard gas or lewisite as a result of government testing.

The provision directs the VA to reconsider all previously denied mustard gas and lewisite exposure claims of World War II veterans who were exposed during tests at 22 recognized locations.  The VA is instructed to consider that supporting documentation of the testing may be unavailable as these tests were classified, or the records may have been destroyed and veterans who participated were sworn to secrecy.

Unless there is evidence to establish otherwise, the VA is directed to presume full-body exposure of veterans who participated in these tests at the recognized locations and VA shall resolve any doubt in the veteran’s favor.

The acknowledgement of these exposures is significant as VA regulations list several presumptive diseases due to exposure to nitrogen mustard gas, sulfur mustard gas, and Lewisite.  To see those diseases as listed in 38 C.F.R. 3.316, Click Here!

Sen. Claire McCaskill, the measure’s original sponsor, first introduced the legislation in 2016 and again at the start of 2017, when the 115th Congress convened in January. But it was not until the measure was appended to the Forever GI Bill that it made a significant move forward.

This provision of the law is in accordance with a long-standing resolution (DAV Resolution No. 025), which calls for the VA’s expeditious handling of veterans’ claims and the payment of fair and just compensation for conditions associated with all veterans’ service and related exposures to toxic and environmental hazards.

In the near future, the VA will implementing this reconsideration and will be reaching out to those veterans concerned.  If you have any questions on the reconsideration of mustard gas claims for World War II veterans, please contact your local DAV National Service Office.  To find your local NSO Office, Click Here! To view Public Law 115-48, Section 502, Click Here!

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10 Sep, 2017  Posted by Beth   No Comments »
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