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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

 

The Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Government Affairs Committee is committed to providing timely information on issues that are specific to the needs of veterans and their families. Citizens may show support by contacting their elected officials in person or via phone or e-mail, to keep the needs of our veterans and their families in the limelight as relevant acts impacting our membership are considered.

Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America does not pay professional lobbyists, nor do we lobby as an organization, for any legislative action. We do not support any political party or candidate on any level. The Government Affairs Committee merely provides information to the membership, solely for their use as individuals in grass roots actions at all levels of government.

 


 NEWSFLASH:

January 8, 2021

Please note, once proposed legislation has been signed into law, the Executive Branch is responsible for implementing it. VVA will work with Congress and the Department of Veteran Affairs to ensure that these new bills are fully implemented.


On January 1, 2021, H.R. 6395--the FY 2021 NDAA, containing the Tester/Harder Amendment—was passed into law. At long last, Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange who have been diagnosed with Parkinsonism, Bladder cancer, and/or Hypothyroidism will be deemed service-connected and be eligible for healthcare and compensation:

Title XCI—Veterans Affairs Matters, Section 9109 reads as follows: Additional Diseases Associated with Exposure to Certain Herbicide Agents for Which There is a Presumption of Service Connection for Veterans Who Served in the Republic of Vietnam. Section 1116(a) (2) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraphs: (I) Parkinsonism. (J) Bladder cancer. (K) Hypothyroidism.

  Highlights of H.R. 6395 - Title XCI—Veterans Affairs Matters View bill conference report athttps://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20201207/CRPT-116hrpt617.pdf

On Jan. 5, 2021, President Trump signed into law H.R. 7105, The Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvements Act of 2020. “This is the culmination of two years of bipartisan work,” noted Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.). “There is something in this bill for just about every one of our nation’s veterans and their loved ones.” 

View bill conference report at: https://republicans-veterans.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hr_7105_vets_division_section_summaries_final.pdf

Highlights of H.R. 7105 H.R. 7105 - the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvements Act of 2020
Benefits Services for Women Veterans Enhanced Healthcare Services Services for Homeless Veterans & Veterans at Risk of Homelessness
 

 

VA publishes final regulation for its Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

The final regulation can be found here. If necessary, search for RIN 2900-AQ48, Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers Improvements and Amendments under the VA MISSION Act of 2018

How to Apply

Download and print VA Form10-10CG (PDF), application for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.

Complete, sign, and date the form. The Veteran and caregiver(s) must sign.

If a Veteran has a court appointed legal guardian, representative or Durable Power of Attorney (POA) the court appointed representative  must sign on behalf of the Veteran. Provide a copy of the POA or Guardianship paperwork if signing for a Veteran
Mail the form and supporting documents to:

Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers
Health Eligibility Center
2957 Clairmont Road NE, Ste 200
Atlanta, GA 30329-1647

Please contact the Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274 or go to https://www.caregiver.va.gov/support/New_CSC_Page.asp  to find your state caregivers support liaison that will be able to answer any questions you may have before applying.

 


 

MARCH 27, 2020

Click here to read the comments regarding HR748, the COVID-19 Relief Bill

 


 

VA UPDATE - THE LATEST ON COMMUNITY CARE

Use the link below to read the article about improvements in VA Community Care:

https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/57722/va-mission-act-what-is-the-latest-on-community-care/

 


 

CONGRESS 101

Click here for an easy to follow listing of information that will make contacting congress as easy as 1 2 3!

 


 

 

FIND YOUR CONGRESS MEMBER: (**You can still find the names, but the info is no longer available. You can google your senator or representative once you find the names.  We are looking for alternative software)