Archive for December, 2017

Good news! Comprehensive VA health care bill approved!

Last week, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved S. 2193, a comprehensive VA health care bill, which includes provisions to overhaul the agency’s community care program, provide additional funds to improve the VA health care system and extend VA’s comprehensive family caregiver program to veterans of all eras.

On December 7, 2017 DAV joined with 25 other service organizations asking all Senators to push for approval of this landmark legislation (click here to read the letter), and we need everyone who cares about veterans make sure their voice is heard.

VA has been purchasing care in the community through the Choice Program, but this program has been troubled since its rocky implementation.  S. 2193 contains numerous provisions DAV supports based on our resolutions, including one that would leave the decision to receive community care between veterans and their clinicians.  To avoid implementation challenges, Choice would continue to operate as the new program is phased in and would provide additional funds for VA to fill thousands of clinical vacancies across the country.

One of DAV’s top legislative priorities for the past few years is addressing the inequity in access to VA’s comprehensive family caregivers’ assistance program, currently limited to veterans severely injured on or after September 11, 2001.  Veterans of other eras and their family caregivers have been left to their own devices without the critical and comprehensive support from VA’s caregiver program.

Please help DAV and our allies convince the Senate to move this important legislation forward.  We ask you to send the prepared email now.

As always, thank you for your support of the Commander’s Action Network.

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08 Dec, 2017  Posted by Beth   No Comments »
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The oldest living member,  Bobby (Boats) G. Davidson, of DAV Chapter 8 passed away on December 5th.  Visitation is at Queen Heaven Catholic Funeral Home, 1562 E. Baseline Road; Mesa, AZ  85204 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Tuesday Dec. 12th.  Mass will be at All Saints Catholic Church; 1534 N. Recker Rd.; Mesa, AZ  85205 at 11:00 am on Tuesday, Dec. 12th.  Burial is a Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, 1562 E. Baseline Road; Mesa, AZ  85204 at 12:30 pm.

Boats was a member of DAV chapter 8 in East Mesa.  His birthday was celebrated at the October meeting with a cake and the singing of Happy Birthday by all members.  Boats served in the Navy for 23 years.  He retired to Mesa and worked at the Mesa School District until retirement.  He loved to travel to visit friends and family.

08 Dec, 2017  Posted by Beth   No Comments »
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Bill to improve Service Disabled Veterans Insurance introduced in the House of Representatives

On October 26, 2017, Representative On October 26, 2017, Representative Stevan Pearce (NM) introduced H.R. 4146, the Disabled Veterans Life Insurance Act of 2017, a bill that would improve Service Disabled Veterans Insurance (S-DVI).
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Currently, premium rates for S-DVI are based on the Commissioners 1941 Standard Ordinary Table of Mortality.  This legislation would no longer use mortality rates from 1941 but would be based on the current industry standards and reduce premium payments.

To apply for S-DVI today, the application must be received within two years from the last date a service-connected disability is granted.  If enacted, this bill would change the period from two years to ten years.  H.R. 4146 would also increase initial life insurance coverage from $10,000 to $95,000.

Currently, supplemental coverage is available for additional costs.  If H.R. 4146 is passed, it will increase the amount of supplemental coverage from $30,000 to $115,000.

DAV supports this bill as it aligns with DAV Resolutions Nos. 218 and 220.  Please use the prepared email or draft your own to urge your Representative to be a co-sponsor of H.R. 4146.

We appreciate your support for DAV and your grassroots efforts in the DAV Commander’s Action Network.  Your advocacy makes DAV a highly influential and effective organization in Washington, DC.  Your voice makes a difference and we would not be as effective without you.

Thank you for all you do for America’s veterans and their families.

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https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/5HFRL9Ybp0v_55NkWiiMBw introduced H.R. 4146, the Disabled Veterans Life Insurance Act of 2017, a bill that would improve Service Disabled Veterans Insurance (S-DVI).

 

05 Dec, 2017  Posted by Beth   No Comments »
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