Leading Veterans Groups Respond to the Administration’s Proposed VA Budget

Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Veterans of Foreign Wars have responded to the Administration’s proposed budget for the delivery of health care for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Fiscal Years 2018-19.

Read the VA’s overview of the proposed budget: ( http://bit.ly/2qpgOSe ) and the assessment of it by the veterans groups: ( http://bit.ly/2qhTuL8 ).

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Bipartisan Support for Veterans Affairs Accountability Legislation

The Veterans of Foreign Wars and other veteran fraternal organizations are praising leadership of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees for their bipartisan deal that will increase options to hold VA personnel accountable for their performance.  House VA Committee leaders commended their Senate counterparts for reaching agreement on accountability legislation, and they look forward to working with members in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle to get the bill signed into law.

Read more:  http://bit.ly/2r7MsFx  AND  http://bit.ly/2pq64av

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House Considers Measure to Trim Years off the VA Appeals Process

Veterans unhappy with their benefits payouts have a five-year average wait today if they appeal the decision.  House of Representatives lawmakers are hopeful that soon they can take years off that wait.  Members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee have debated draft legislation that would radically overhaul the Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits appeals process.  Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and other vet service organizations have addressed the Committee showing strong support for the legislation.

Read more:  http://bit.ly/2p34POm  AND  http://bit.ly/2pMuZUK

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Leading Veteran Service Organizations Release Their Proposed Budget for VA

Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars  have released their proposed federal budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs for this year.  The collaborative report outlines legislative and policy issues for veterans.   Topping the list of six critical issues for the 115th Congress to address is the need to “strengthen, reform and sustain the VA health care system.”

Read more:  http://bit.ly/2lpyDT5

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Congress Approves Full Year Funding for VA

Congress has approved full-year funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs, a significant achievement in support of veterans.  As the Veterans of Foreign Wars national commander said, “we are glad that Congress agreed and acted on full-year appropriations for the VA, which will allow it to properly plan and execute its numerous programs to better serve wounded, ill and injured veterans, as well as their families and survivors.”

Read more:  http://bit.ly/2doYZAe

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VA Secretary Tells VFW Convention Transformation is Underway

In addressing the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) convention, VA Secretary McDonald highlighted the progress VA is making on transforming the department to better serve Veterans.

View his comprehensive and informative presentation:

http://bit.ly/2aUUiOv

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Veterans Affairs Commission on Care Report

A new report from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Commission on Care has called for a significant overhaul of the Veterans Health Administration, to include the expansion of private care options, but stopped short of recommending the complete privatization of the entire health network.

Read more about the report and comments on it by two key veteran organizations, Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars:

http://bit.ly/29AugAd , http://bit.ly/29BKSas , AND http://bit.ly/29oYTU4 .

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Agent Orange Affecting Vietnam Veterans Decades Later

Decades later, Agent Orange is catching up with Vietnam veterans, leading to health problems that range from heart disease to various forms of cancer.  Veterans are finding help through veteran service organizations such as Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and others.

Read More: http://bit.ly/1LF0dUm

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VFW Delivers Testimony Focused on Fixing the VA

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) national commander recently delivered testimony to Congress focused on recommendations for transforming the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide America’s veterans with a more effective and efficient health care system.

Read More: http://bit.ly/24GgeQj

and see a video of the testimony: http://www.vfw.org/VFWDC2016/

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Survey Indicates Veterans Prefer VA Health Care

The majority of veterans surveyed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) prefer to use the VA for several reasons: (1) because they receive high quality care, (2) they regard VA health care as an earned benefit, and (3) they consider VA’s ability to treat service-connected conditions to be unmatched anywhere in the private sector. A detailed VFW report called “Our Care” covers veterans’ options, preferences, and expectations in health care.

Read More: http://bit.ly/1FSBWHp and http://bit.ly/1OfOfip

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