Partnership to Help Influence Veteran Issues in Congress

Every day, lawmakers in Washington, D.C. make decisions on important issues impacting the health and welfare of veterans, yet only 18.7 percent of Congress and 1 percent of their staff members have served in the military.  HillVets and Disabled American Veterans (DAV) have partnered in a program that will bring more vets to Capitol Hill through a fellowship program.  Having staff members who served in the military and understand how policy and legislation will affect veterans can provide valuable insight for lawmakers.

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A Veteran’s Journey Through the VA Disability Claim Process

A veteran files a disability claim years after leaving the service.  See his journey through the process and the value of getting help from a National Service Officer of one of the Veteran Service Organizations.

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VA drops “net worth” as eligibility requirement for care

The Veterans Affairs Department no longer will include net worth as a factor in determining whether a veteran is eligible for VA health care. The change could lower health care costs for nearly 190,000 low-income and non-service connected veterans in the next five years, according to VA.

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Oldest Living Veteran and Former POW Honored in Austin, Texas

The oldest living United States veteran received a standing ovation at a ceremony last week on Veteran’s Day.   Richard Overton served in the Army during World War II and now lives in Austin.  He served in the South Pacific from 1942-45.  He was presented with a proclamation acknowledging and thanking him for his service in World War II.

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Email Alert: 9 July 2014 – Why Veteran and Military Associations Matter

Veterans Service Organizations and other similar associations have a significant positive impact on military and veterans benefits.  An MOAA article summarizes some of the benefits won through the lobbying efforts of such organizations since 2001 and the resulting financial impacts.  As the article says, membership in such associations matters.  The membership size of the organization can affect its influence on our lawmakers.

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