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Legislation

Among the VFW's most recent and important legislative victories was making college education affordable for military service members with the signing of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and ensuring America's service members and veterans receive the care they deserve by passing the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act.

 

 

Our 2018 Priority Goals:

 

Budget

  • End budget sequestration and adjust outdated budget caps.

  • Authorize VA to receive reimbursements from TRICARE and Medicare.

  • Never reduce one veteran’s benefits to pay for another.

  • Ensure the POW/MIA Accounting mission is fully funded.

 

 Work Force Development and Accountability

  • Improve hiring authorities to recruit and retain a high quality workforce.

  • Provide quality training programs for employees and managers.

  • Quickly investigate, discipline and remove employees who underperform or endanger veterans’ lives.

 

 Health Care

  • Consolidate VA’s community care programs into a single, integrated system.

  • Modernize VA’s health IT systems.

  • Expand current caregiver benefits to veterans of all eras.

  • Strengthen VA and DOD health care and research for mental health and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

  • Further expand gender-specific programs and competencies.

  • Provide care and benefits to veterans and family members impacted by toxic exposures.

  • Prevent the increase of pharmaceutical co payments.

  • Conduct medical research on the benefits of medical cannabis.

  • Extend tele-health services.

  • Make nursing home eligibility part of the VA health care benefits package.

 

 Compensation and Benefits

  • Require treatment of presumptive conditions as a claim for disability compensation.

  • Extend presumptive conditions for hearing loss, tinnitus, TBI and for veterans exposed to toxic substances.

  • Increase burial allowances to account for inflation and include spouses’ information on all headstones.

  • Reform the Gulf War Illness Disability Benefits Questionnaire.

  • Address veterans’ homelessness by increasing the availability of affordable housing.

  • Adjust Grant and Per Diem Program rates for inflation.

  • Prohibit VA compensation and non-service-connected pension from being considered countable income for homeless programs.

 

 Education, Employment and Transition Assistance

  • High quality and sustainable education benefits.

  • Strong employment and training programs.

  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment services throughout their lifetime.

  • Small business development opportunities.

  • Civilian credentials or academic credit for the professional training they receive during military service.

  • Government hiring and contracting opportunities.

  • A national veterans treatment court advocate within VA.

  • Education and training in new and expanding career fields.

  • Proper knowledge and training in transition programs

 

 Defense and Homeland Security

  • Halt the development and/or proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

  • Fully fund and deploy a U.S. missile defense system.

  • Secure America’s borders.

 

 Military Quality of Life

  • Preserve the integrity of TRICARE.

  • Protect and improve on-base quality of life programs.

  • Pass full concurrent receipt of military retirement pay and VA disability compensation.

  • Eliminate the Survivor Benefit Plan/Dependency and Indemnity Compensation offset for surviving military retiree spouses.

 

 POW/MIA

  • Expand partnerships with host nations and private/public organizations to achieve the fullest possible accounting of U.S. military personnel missing from all wars.