Archive for December, 2017

Congratulations Thomas Lines, winner of the gun raffle!

Congratulations Thomas Lines, winner of the gun raffle!

Thomas Lines, pictured here with Tom Rogers is the lucky winner of our latest gun raffle! If you didn’t win, don’t worry, we will have another raffle soon!

 

24 Dec, 2017  Posted by Beth   Comments Off on Congratulations Thomas Lines, winner of the gun raffle!
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The latest gun raffle winner may be you!

The drawing for the Mossberg Rifle was held at the General Meeting on Dec. 14th. Dr. Applewhite drew ticket number 0689. The winner has been called but hasn’t claimed his prize yet. Please check your numbers and contact us if you are the lucky ticket holder!

17 Dec, 2017  Posted by Beth   Comments Off on The latest gun raffle winner may be you!
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Bill introduced for Vets who served in Thailand during the Vietnam era….

On November 8, 2017, Senators John Boozman (AR) and Joe Donelly (IN) introduced S. 2105, 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.
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Currently, statutes and regulations do not automatically recognize veteran exposure to herbicides while serving in Thailand during the Vietnam Era.  VA’s manual does acknowledge herbicide exposure for specific military occupational specialties on the perimeter of eight specific Thai Royal Air Force Bases.

S. 2105 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 those exposed to include those in Thailand.  Please use the prepared electronic letter or draft your own to urge your Senator to cosponsor S. 2105.

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

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17 Dec, 2017  Posted by Beth   Comments Off on Bill introduced for Vets who served in Thailand during the Vietnam era….
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News about the Restore Veterans Compensation Act of 2017

On October 11, 2017, Representative Ruben Gallego (AZ) introduced H.R. 4016, the Restore Veterans Compensation Act of 2017. This bill aims to eliminate the Department of Veterans Affairs policy of recouping the separation pay, special separation benefits, and voluntary separation incentive payments from veterans who are receiving disability compensation. It also seeks to impose limitations on the authority of the Secretary of Defense to recover such pay from eligible service members’ military retirement pay or retainer pay by requiring retirees to only repay the net amount of separation pay instead of the gross amount and allowing the Department of Defense (DoD) a maximum recoupment rate of 25 percent of a veteran’s paycheck, instead of the current 40 percent.
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Many service members qualify for separation pay when they leave the military.  Often, service members’ separation is not voluntary and due to no fault of their own. If they have more than six years of service and meet the requirements of reenlistment, but are not allowed to reenlist they may receive separation pay. The DoD has used separation pay as an incentive to service members to leave the military to downsize its workforce. Unfortunately, under current law, these same veterans are required to pay back this money if they later receive VA disability compensation pay or DoD retirement pay.

DAV Resolution No. 098 states that DAV supports legislation to clarify that Special Separation Benefits (SSB) are in no way related to a veteran’s service-connected disability benefits and therefore should not be recouped from VA disability compensation payments.

Please use the prepared letter to write to your Representative to cosponsor and support passage of H.R. 4016, the Restore Veterans Compensation Act of 2017. Thank you for your efforts and support of the Commander’s Action Network.

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11 Dec, 2017  Posted by Beth   Comments Off on News about the Restore Veterans Compensation Act of 2017
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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   Comments Off on Good news! Comprehensive VA health care bill approved!
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