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AMVETS National HQ 2019-20 Proposed Resolutions

AMVETS 2019-20 Proposed Resolutions-1 Greetings AMVETS Department Leaders, As your National Legislative Affairs Associate, I look forward to meeting you at the upcoming AMVETS 75th National Convention, August 21-24 in Louisville, Kentucky. In the meantime, enclosed you’ll find 19 resolutions for your review and consideration at state-level department conventions. The resolutions  ​ are arranged by subject matter. The majority originated at headquarters (HQ) and are being sent in accordance with AMVETS Constitution and Bylaws. Most are current and expiring, because they were passed at the 2017 AMVETS National Convention, but need to be renewed after two years. Since the issues they deal with remain important to veterans and our work on Capitol Hill, I hope you’ll support their re-authorization. Only one of the resolutions is being proposed by HQ for the first time.  It deals with post-traumatic growth and promising new approaches to treating the mental health needs of veterans. Should you have any department-led resolutions you would like distributed to other states, please don’t hesitate to send them along. I would like to email them early next month, prior to the start of state conventions. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at or 301-832-2982. Respectfully, Thomas Himes AMVETS Legislative Affairs Associate

Urge Congress to Pass the Retired Pay Restoration Act

Background : Military retirees who have a service-connected disability rating below 50 percent have their retirement pay reduced, dollar for dollar, by the amount of disability compensation they receive. This demeaning tax, created by Congress to save money, forces those who have dedicated their careers to military service to make due without benefits they need to provide for their families. Take Action : Contact your members of Congress and urge them to cosponsor the Retired Pay Restoration Act. Our nation is still at war. We must ensure that benefits earned through honorable service to this country are improved, not eroded. CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION

Newsletter (3/22/2019) 75th Anniversary of the GI Bill

TREA “The Enlisted Association” Washington Update
• 75th Anniversary of the GI Bill — Submit a Video to be part of the Celebration
TREA “The Enlisted Association” Washington Update
75th Anniversary of the GI Bill — Submit a Video to be part of the Celebration
TREA Members Can Help VA celebrate
75th Anniversary of the GI Bill

For 75 years, the GI Bill has positively impacted the lives of generations of America’s veterans and families by promoting economic well-being through higher education, home ownership, and other benefits.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the GI Bill into law on June 22, 1944. The historic law provided benefits to veterans returning from World War II, including:
* Low-cost home loans;
* Education and vocational training;
* Unemployment payments; and
* Expansion of veteran’ health care.
Share your GI Bill Story!!
Tell VA how the GI Bill helped you get an education, buy a house or impacted your life. Submit a short video, no more than 90 seconds, any time between March 15 and June 22, 2019. VA will be featuring stories from March through June as VA celebrates this important milestone.
Upload your video here:
Since 1944, millions of veterans and family members have benefited from the programs created by the GI Bill.
Nearly half of World War II veterans took advantage of VA education programs.  Since 1944, VA has paid about $400 billion in education benefits to 25 million beneficiaries.
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)
VA provides employment and job-placement assistance to service-disabled veterans and service members, including career counseling, training, and services leading toward enhanced independence. In Fiscal 2018, there were nearly 126,000 VR&E participants.
Home Loans
Nearly 24 million home loans have been guaranteed by VA since 1944. In Fiscal 2018, VA guaranteed more than 610,000 loans totaling more than $161 billion.

Official Text of HR 566 Agent Orange

 Now the work begins to call all house members to get them on board as co sponsors. So contact your groups, coffee houses, VSO family and friends, make the call and ask for a follow up. In other words don’t give up and keep calling. Follow up on HR 566 to see which members […]

Call To Action!!!!

Please post this and let your members know that we need to call and leave a message that we want this bill to pass!! Thank you, Michelle Prazan-Mura Michelle Prazan-Mura Executive Office Manager 611 Beverly-Rancocas Rd. Willingboro, NJ 08046 (Ph)(609) 526-4356 (Fax)(609) 526-4659 AMVETS American Veterans Department of New Jersey What does AMVETS stand for? […]

AMVETS -IRS requirements

IRS is requiring DD214’s       This is the link to the complete IRS Examining Process for Veterans Organizations.       The excerpt below gives inspectors the option of reviewing DD214s.  (01-27-2011) Field Examination Guidelines   Review the following to determine the composition […]