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URGENT ACTION NEEDED TO PREVENT HEALTH CARE COST INCREASES

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) now being debated in the Senate, with voting expected to start Monday (18 September 2017), contains provisions that will hit military retirees hard.

The bill would triple TRICARE pharmacy fees over a decade and tie rates to an index expected to increase by almost 6 percent next year.

Because so many military retirees and their spouses take medications, these increases could easily wipe out whatever COLA increase is given each year – if there even is one.

It is critical that you immediately send the message below to your Senators and urge them to vote against these provisions.

 

Click the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/nvdGkyqq83DvWKnaJw9aBQ 

VA APPEALS REFORM NOW LAW: VFW proud of united Congress and White House

VA APPEALS REFORM NOW LAW

VFW proud of united Congress and White House

WASHINGTON (Aug. 23, 2017) — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is saluting President Trump for signing into law today the VFW-supported Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017.

“Today’s signing is the culmination of more than a year’s work by the VFW and other partner organizations with Congress and the VA to build consensus on how to better help veterans access their benefits,” said VFW National Commander Keith Harman. “Under the old system, appeals could take up to five years or longer to adjudicate, and veterans had no way out. Maintaining the status quo was unacceptable, so the VFW and our partners acted with a unified voice,” he said.

“As a former veterans’ service officer myself, I know first-hand that many of the veterans the VFW helps every day to access their earned benefits will be better served under this new framework,” said Harman. “We look forward to working with the Department of Veterans Affairs to make sure this new framework results in timely, understandable and accurate benefits decisions for veterans.”

The new law provides three options for veterans to appeal disability rating decisions made by the Veterans Benefits Administration. It also allows some veterans already in the appeals process to opt in to the new system. Under the new process, the three options available to veterans dissatisfied with their initial claims rating decisions are to seek a higher-level review by a regional office on the same evidence presented to the original claims processors; to file a supplemental claim with a regional office that would include the opportunity to submit additional evidence; or to opt for an expedited consideration of their appeal directly to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. The entire intent of the new law is to speed the appeals process, which the VFW wholeheartedly supports.

Harman noted that today’s signing was the third major veterans bill signed within the past two weeks. The other two were the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017, which provides six additional months of funding for the VA Choice Program, as well improves hiring VA authorities and authorizes the department to enter into 28 new leases for medical clinics and research; and the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2017, a beefed-up Post-9/11 GI Bill that protects the educational benefits veterans, service members and their families earned, expands access and eligibility, and removes the 15-year, use-or-lose restriction.

“Ending sequestration and fixing the VA are the VFW’s top two legislative initiatives,” said the VFW national commander. “The passage of all three bills are great leaps toward fixing the VA and restoring the faith of veterans in their VA — all thanks to a united Congress and a new president who vowed during the campaign trail that he would take care of veterans, service members and their families, and who has so far been true in both word and deed.”

Read the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 here.

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ABOUT THE VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation’s largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With nearly 1.7 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in almost 6,500 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at www.vfw.org.

Contact: Joe Davis, VFW Director of Communications, Publications and Public Affairs, jdavis@vfw.org.

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Action Alert: Expand Caregiver Benefits!

Expand Caregiver Benefits!
 
Background: Throughout history, there has been a need to care for veterans who have injuries which prevent them from living independently, without the assistance of others. Caregivers, the overwhelming majority of whom are family members, put their lives and careers on hold, often accepting great emotional and financial burdens to ensure their veterans have a meaningful quality of life and stay in their homes instead of having to receive institutional nursing home care. The family caregivers of Post-9/11 veterans are eligible for comprehensive support to include a living stipend to alleviate the financial burden of being a full-time caregiver. Unfortunately, veterans of previous eras including World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War are unjustifiably denied eligibility simply based on the era in which they served. The Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act of 2017 would correct this inequity by expanding eligibility for the Caregivers Program to veterans of all generations.

 
Take Action: Contact your members of Congress and tell them to pass the The Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act of 2017.  Let them know that Caregivers of previous era veterans currently receive virtually nothing, leading to desperate hardships for them and their families. The fact that caregivers of veterans of many conflicts are excluded from the full complement of program benefits implies that their service and sacrifices are not as significant, and we believe this must change immediately.

 

AMVETS LICENSE PLATE BILL SIGNED IN NEW YORK

GREAT NEWS, I just got a call from Assemblymen Angelo Santabarbara’s office. Advising that Governor Cuomo has just signed our AMVETS license plate bills in to law. It will now go to the DMV to design the plate and make it available to our Members. I will keep you all advised. I can’t wait to […]

Action Alert: Oppose Gradual Privatization of VA Health Care

Oppose Gradual Privatization of VA Health Care   Background: Congressional leaders have continually promised that they have no intent to privatize the VA health care system and do not intend to gradually erode VA’s ability to provide care in favor of sending veterans to private sector doctors. VA cannot be everything to everyone and private […]

AMVETS -IRS requirements

IRS is requiring DD214’s       This is the link to the complete IRS Examining Process for Veterans Organizations.       http://www.irs.gov/irm/part4/irm_04-076-026.html       The excerpt below gives inspectors the option of reviewing DD214s.           4.76.26.12 (01-27-2011) Field Examination Guidelines   Review the following to determine the composition […]