Politics, politics! I would like to ask our chapter members to stay informed on what happens on our Nation’s Capital steps. As you know a few months ago myself Jemal Williams and Jacki Baskett went to Washington DC as your PVACC representatives. We rolled through the Capital halls advocating for your rights. We advocated for the “Appropriation Bill”which will better help funding for your health benifits, furthermore causing change to new laws and Bills in discriminatory policies. For a Reminder of what we covered in out point papers:
PROTECTION OF SPECIALIZED SERVICES
EXPAND ELIGIBILITY FOR THE VA COMPREHENSIVE FAMILY CAREGIVER PROGRAM
REFORMING THE BENEFITS CLAIMS AND APPEALS PROCESS
IMPROVE BENEFITS FOR CATASTROPHICALLY DISABLED VETERANS
AIR CARRIER ACCESS ACT
ENTITLEMENT REFORM TARGETS SAFETY NET PROGRAMS
PROVISION OF IVF
National PVA was represented in some very important legislated bills recently. It was our own PVA Executive Director Sherman Gillums Jr. sitting next to Mr. Trump while signing key legislation. One was the long overdue “Appeals Improvement & Modernization Act.” This Act assists Veterans, caregivers, and dependents in the appeals process. More laws:
Washington, August 12, 2017
House, Senate Leaders: Legislation to Continue Veterans Choice Program Signed into Law
The VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 passed the House by a vote of 414-0 on July 28, and it was approved by the Senate on August 1.
Washington, August 16, 2017
Chairman Roe’s Legislation to Expand, Extend GI Bill Signed into Law
The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 would remove time restrictions to use the GI Bill
These are just a few updated Bills laws that you should be concerned about. I know this is alot but if you require more information on any Law or Bill being voted on or passed through the Capital walls please go to PVA.org or Google it. Because of limited space on the chapter website and bulliten we will provide snippets of news.