Lawmakers and Veterans Groups Debate VA Choice Program’s Future

Lawmakers have all but assured that the Veterans Affairs Choice program will survive until 2018. But what happens after that will be a major legislative issue in the Fall. At issue are philosophical differences in the evolving role of VA, and whether the countrys pledge to cover veterans medical needs is better served by building up the existing system or outsourcing more care to the private sector.

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Veteran Appeals Bill Making Its Way Through Congress

In the last session of Congress, appeals reform legislation was introduced but not passed; now the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 has cleared critical hurdles in both the House and Senate and is well on its way to overhauling the current process for veterans appeals at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Disabled American Veterans Letters to Congress

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) submitted an open letter to all House and Senate members urging them to enact legislation that would strengthen and expand eligibility for the Veterans Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. In addition, they submitted a letter expressing “profound concerns” to the Joint Veteran Affairs Committee regarding a proposal that would restrict a total disability rating from being provided to veterans who are unable to maintain gainful employment and are provided Individual Unemployability.

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Disabled American Veterans Expands Mobile Service Office Program

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) believes that all veterans should have accessto the benefits they earned; that is why theorganizations Mobile Service Office (MSO) program treks thousands of miles each year to bring advocacy services directly to veterans. Since 2001, DAVs MSO program has traveled throughout the country to counsel, assist and educate veterans and their families on the benefits they are eligible for through their service. In 2016, they visited 845 sites, helping vets file thousands of claims.

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Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Legislative Priorities for New Administration

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) has provided a list of five key legislative priorities for the next administration in an effort to ensure key Veterans Affairs (VA) issues remain at the forefront of the administration’s objectives.

Read more at http://bit.ly/2gbrCSs and see the VA’s latest semiannual report on ongoing improvement initiatives at http://bit.ly/2h0FArA.

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Pending Legislation for Modernization of the VA Appeals Process

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is working with other Veteran Service Organizations to have the Senate and the House bring to the floor and pass legislation that would modernize the Veterans Affairs disability appeals process.  The goal is to have Congress pass the bill and send it to the President for his signature before the end of the year.

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Free Benefit Guidance Information Seminars for Veterans

With millions of veterans around the nation, every community could use more access to free, expert information on the benefits they’ve earned and need.  Disabled American Veterans (DAV) National Service Officers are increasing their outreach efforts in the New Year to provide more seminars to groups around the country.  These information seminars include a comprehensive rundown of what benefits are available through the Department of Veterans Affairs and other government agencies.

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Disabled American Veterans Executive Director’s comments on VA

Garry J. Augustine, Vietnam veteran and Executive Director of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Washington Headquarters, recently addressed the need to build a strong Veterans Affairs organization. In his address to the DAV National Convention, he said that what we have today is an opportunity to use the attention that Congress, the media and the American public have focused on veterans’ issues to finally create the VA that veterans need and deserve.

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Disabled American Veterans (DAV) announces VA reform proposals

The National Legislative Director of Disabled American Veterans (DAV), a key veteran service organization, recently spoke at the DAV’s national convention. Her address highlighted DAV’s proposed framework to “rebuild, restructure, realign and reform” the VA Health System. In the address, she encourages Congress and the VA leadership to work together to resolve any VA problems and to create a system that reflects our country’s true commitment to those who served.

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Tricare Choice Proposal: A Comprehensive Overview

Washington policymakers will soon begin consideration of the biggest overhaul of the military health care system since Tricare replaced CHAMPUS in the early 1990s — changes that would shift millions of beneficiaries to commercial, private-sector health plans.  The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, which proposed the Tricare Choice program in its recently issued final report, says the move would save the Pentagon billions of dollars while greatly enhancing health services for nearly 9.2 million active-duty family members, retirees and their dependents.  The Military Coalition, a group …

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