The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the “VA MISSION Act” tomorrow, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, legislation that would expand the VA Comprehensive Family Caregiver Program to veterans injured in service before September 11, 2001. This historic legislation would finally provide fairness for thousands of family caregivers of seriously injured veterans from World War II, the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf Wars.
The bipartisan VA MISSION ACT, which was approved by the House VA Committee last week, would also consolidate and reform VA’s community care programs, as well as provide for the assessment and modernization of VA’s health care infrastructure.
Now, however, it is critical that the legislation pass the full House with a strong majority so that the Senate will take it up next week. To help build support in the House, DAV and other VSOs are organizing a National Caregiver Support Call-In Day TODAY to make sure our voices – and all those who support family caregivers of disabled veterans – are heard loud and clear.
So please take just a few minutes TODAY to call your Member of Congress and urge them to VOTE YES on the VA MISSION Act. And don’t’ forget to share this with your family and friends so that they can do the same!
Call Your Representative
You can find your Representative and their office phone number by entering your zip code at this website: www.house.gov/representatives/
Or you can call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 to be connected to your Representative. You can use our script to talk to the staffer you are connected with:
For Veterans/Caregivers/Family Members-
Hello, my name is [your name] and I live in Rep. [name] district.
I am calling to urge Rep. [name] to vote YES on the VA MISSION Act.
As a [veteran/caregiver/family member], I strongly support this legislation to expand VA’s comprehensive caregiver assistance program to veterans injured before September 11, 2001.
This legislation would also improve veterans’ health care by consolidating and reforming VA’s community care programs, as well as developing a plan for modernizing and realigning VA’s health care infrastructure.
Please let Rep. [name] know that the best way they can support veterans and their family caregivers is by voting YES on the VA MISSION Act.
OR you can simply call your Representative’s office and in your own words, ask them to VOTE YES on the VA MISSION Act. Typically they will take your name and message and will not ask you to answer any questions about the legislation. If they do, please feel free to refer them to DAV’s caregiver website: www.unsungheroesinitiative.org
Thanks once again for your continuing support of America’s injured and ill veterans, their families and caregivers.