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RED ALERT CORRECTED

The Vietnam Blue Water Navy Bill HR 299 goes to the floor for comment and vote on Monday, June 25th and we need everyone to call their Reps in DC and kindly ask them to Vote YES on the bill.

You do not have to be a Veteran to call, we’re asking everyone to please call, then if you would follow that up with going to your Reps website and send them an E-Mail as well asking they Vote YES on the bill!

There is a strong chance we can right a wrong of 50+ years once and for all, but we need you to help make it possible!

Then if you would share this information with all those on your E-Mail address book and ask they all do the same thing, then forward on to their lists.

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Our apologies for the error, and why we’re sending out again. We still have till 5pm DC time.

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Betty Hidalgo-Rabuse

For those who had been following, Betty passed away in her sleep this morning approximately 5:30am PST.

Please keep her husband, James Rabuse and their family in your prayers.

She might be gone, but she will never be forgotten!

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The full House voted and passed 14 bill supporting veterans and their families

The full House voted and passed 14 bill supporting veterans and their families
 
 

House Committee on Veterans Affairs

Chairman Phil Roe, M.D.

 

Press Releases

 

House Passes More Than a Dozen Veterans Bills Ahead of Memorial Day

 

Washington, May 21, 2018

 

Tiffany Haverly 202-225-3527

 

Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after the House passed 14 veterans bills:

 

“In the week leading up to one of the most solemn days of remembrance for our nation, it is fitting we take steps to honor the men and women who have served this country by passing legislation to improve the lives of veterans. These measures will provide a cost-of-living-adjustment for disabled veterans; bring increased accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs; and ensure veterans have access to the care and resources they have earned – to name a few of the provisions included in these important bills. As we honor the memory of the heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation, I am proud the House is coming together once again to move bipartisan legislation to keep our promises to the men and women who have served.”

 

The House passed the following bills:

 

H.R. 1972, VA Billing Accountability Act, as amended: H.R. 1972 authorizes VA to waive copayment requirements when the veteran is not billed in a timely manner.

H.R. 3642 , Military SAVE Act, as amended: H.R. 3642 would require VA to carry out a pilot program to furnish community care to veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma.

H.R. 3832, Veterans Opioid Abuse Prevention Act, as amended: H.R. 3832 would allow for the greater sharing of information between VA and State-based prescription drug monitoring programs.

H.R. 3946, To name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Statesboro, Georgia, the “Ray Hendrix Veterans Clinic”

H.R. 4245, Veterans’ Electronic Health Record Modernization Oversight Act of 2017: H.R. 4245 would strengthen Congressional oversight of VA’s electronic health record modernization program.

H.R. 4830, SIT-REP Act, as amended: H.R. 4830 would require that in order for a school or training program to be approved for GI Bill benefits they must adopt a policy that disallows the school or training program from imposing a late fee, denial of access to facilities or other penalty against the veteran or eligible dependent due to a late payment from VA. This would only apply if the payments have not been received within 90 days of the beginning of the term and the Secretary would have the authority to waive this requirement.

H.R. 4958, Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018: H.R. 4958 would provide a cost-of-living adjustment for veterans disability, additional compensation for dependents, dependency and indemnity, and clothing allowance for certain disabled veterans.

H.R. 5044, Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act: H.R. 5044 would address a technical issue that has arisen from legislation that was passed last Congress related to rules for surviving spouses’ ability to claim service disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB) status for the Vets First contracting program.

H.R. 5215, Veterans Affairs Purchase Card Misuse Mitigation Act: H.R. 5215 would strengthen controls over government purchase card misuse.

H.R. 5418, Veterans Affairs Medical-Surgical Purchasing Stabilization Act, as amended: H.R. 5418 would reform the VA Medical Surgical Prime Vendor (MSPV) purchase program.

S. 1282, To redesignate certain clinics of the Department of Veterans Affairs located in Montana

H.R. 4334, Improving Oversight of Women Veterans’ Care Act of 2017: H.R. 4334 would require VA to submit reports on access to gender-specific care in the community and environment of care standards for women veterans.

H.R. 3663, To designate the medical center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Huntington, West Virginia, as the Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center

H.R. 4451, Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act of 2018, as amended: H.R. 4451 would reauthorize the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) as well as the Homeless Women Veterans and Homeless Veterans With Children Reintegration Grant Program (HVRP-W) for five years. The bill would also clarify eligibility for both programs to include incarcerated veterans and veterans using a HUD-VASH voucher.

Source: https://veterans.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=2169

The full House voted and passed 14 bill supporting veterans and their families
 
 

House Committee on Veterans Affairs

Chairman Phil Roe, M.D.

 

Press Releases

 

House Passes More Than a Dozen Veterans Bills Ahead of Memorial Day

 

Washington, May 21, 2018

 

Tiffany Haverly 202-225-3527

 

Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after the House passed 14 veterans bills:

 

“In the week leading up to one of the most solemn days of remembrance for our nation, it is fitting we take steps to honor the men and women who have served this country by passing legislation to improve the lives of veterans. These measures will provide a cost-of-living-adjustment for disabled veterans; bring increased accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs; and ensure veterans have access to the care and resources they have earned – to name a few of the provisions included in these important bills. As we honor the memory of the heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation, I am proud the House is coming together once again to move bipartisan legislation to keep our promises to the men and women who have served.”

 

The House passed the following bills:

 

H.R. 1972, VA Billing Accountability Act, as amended: H.R. 1972 authorizes VA to waive copayment requirements when the veteran is not billed in a timely manner.

H.R. 3642 , Military SAVE Act, as amended: H.R. 3642 would require VA to carry out a pilot program to furnish community care to veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma.

H.R. 3832, Veterans Opioid Abuse Prevention Act, as amended: H.R. 3832 would allow for the greater sharing of information between VA and State-based prescription drug monitoring programs.

H.R. 3946, To name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Statesboro, Georgia, the “Ray Hendrix Veterans Clinic”

H.R. 4245, Veterans’ Electronic Health Record Modernization Oversight Act of 2017: H.R. 4245 would strengthen Congressional oversight of VA’s electronic health record modernization program.

H.R. 4830, SIT-REP Act, as amended: H.R. 4830 would require that in order for a school or training program to be approved for GI Bill benefits they must adopt a policy that disallows the school or training program from imposing a late fee, denial of access to facilities or other penalty against the veteran or eligible dependent due to a late payment from VA. This would only apply if the payments have not been received within 90 days of the beginning of the term and the Secretary would have the authority to waive this requirement.

H.R. 4958, Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018: H.R. 4958 would provide a cost-of-living adjustment for veterans disability, additional compensation for dependents, dependency and indemnity, and clothing allowance for certain disabled veterans.

H.R. 5044, Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act: H.R. 5044 would address a technical issue that has arisen from legislation that was passed last Congress related to rules for surviving spouses’ ability to claim service disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB) status for the Vets First contracting program.

H.R. 5215, Veterans Affairs Purchase Card Misuse Mitigation Act: H.R. 5215 would strengthen controls over government purchase card misuse.

H.R. 5418, Veterans Affairs Medical-Surgical Purchasing Stabilization Act, as amended: H.R. 5418 would reform the VA Medical Surgical Prime Vendor (MSPV) purchase program.

S. 1282, To redesignate certain clinics of the Department of Veterans Affairs located in Montana

H.R. 4334, Improving Oversight of Women Veterans’ Care Act of 2017: H.R. 4334 would require VA to submit reports on access to gender-specific care in the community and environment of care standards for women veterans.

H.R. 3663, To designate the medical center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Huntington, West Virginia, as the Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center

H.R. 4451, Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act of 2018, as amended: H.R. 4451 would reauthorize the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) as well as the Homeless Women Veterans and Homeless Veterans With Children Reintegration Grant Program (HVRP-W) for five years. The bill would also clarify eligibility for both programs to include incarcerated veterans and veterans using a HUD-VASH voucher.

Source: https://veterans.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=2169

 

Action Alert: Call on Senate to Fix VA Health Care

Background: The House of Representatives recently voted to support veterans by passing the VA MISSION Act 2018. Now it’s the Senate’s turn to show they support veterans and their caregivers. The VA MISSION Act would make significant improvements to the VA health care system, such as improving VA’s ability to hire and retain high-quality health care professionals, expand caregiver benefits to pre-9/11 veterans, and establish a process to evaluate and improve VA buildings across the country to better serve veterans.
Take Action: Call your Senators and urge them to vote YES on the important and urgently needed VA MISSION Act of 2018.
Please show your support on social media:
On Facebook (copy and paste): The Senate must #CompleteTheMISSION by passing the #VAMISSIONAct. Veterans and their caregivers are counting on your support.

 

Action Alert: Tell Congress to Fix the Caregiver and Choice Programs!

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