Blasts May Cause Aging in Troops’ Brains

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Black WWI Veteran Honored

Henry Johnson, all 5-feet-4 of him, was given the name "black death" for his valor in the Argonne forest during World War I. Click Image to Read More

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Rules on Transfer of G.I. Bill Benefits

Congress may tighten rules for troops who want to share Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits with their family members. Click image to read more.

The Veterans Affairs Department says more than 928,000 spouses and dependents used GI Bill funds to attend schools in the first five years that the Post-9/11 version was offered. That added $5.6 billion to the cost of the education benefits.
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New Co-sponsors added to H.R. 1769 and S.901, the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 - 52 in the House and 10 in the Senate and we need your support to keep pushing for MORE

Take Action NowCongressman Dan Benishek, (MI-1), introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives H.R.1769, the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 co-sponsored by Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17th). Senators Jerry Moran (KS) and Richard Blumenthal introduced S.901 companion bill in the U.S. Senate. This bi-partisan legislation when passed would establish within the Department of Veterans Affairs a national center for the diagnosis and treatment of the health conditions of the descendants of veterans exposed to toxic substances during service in the Armed Forces.

Passage of the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 into law is one of the most important efforts that you, your family and friends can do to collectively assure that future military service generations learn from our experience and that our offspring receive the respect and consideration for the sacrifices and pain that they will endure from illnesses due to our service in Vietnam.

Our time is to act NOW!

If your member is not listed below VVA urges you to take action now! Go to our Legislative Action site at http://capwiz.com/vva/home/ and enter your Zip Code and send the prepared letters to your Representatives and Senators asking them to join their colleagues and co-sponsor H.R. 1769 and S.901, the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015.

Please follow-up your letter with a call or visit to their offices.

Thank you for your support.

Co-Sponsors in the House supporting H.R. 1769:
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1)
Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ-3)
Rep. Krysten Sinema (AZ-9)
Rep. Paul Cook (CA-8)
Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19)
Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-28)
Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33)
Rep. Jared Polis (CO-2)
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-7)
Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-2)
Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty (CT-5)
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12)
Rep. David Jolly (FL-13)
Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15)
Rep. Theodore Deutch (FL-21)
Rep. Lois Frankel (FL-22)
Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA-2)
Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (GU-AL)
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2)
Rep. Bobby Rush (IL-1)
Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-5)
Rep. Tammy Duckworth (IL-8)
Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
Rep. Kevin Yoder (KS-3)
Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME-1)
Rep. James P. McGovern (MA-2)
Rep. John Sarbanes (MD-3)

Rep. John Conyers (MI-13)
Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-5)
Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-6)
Rep. Mike Kelly (PA-3)
Rep. Glenn Thompson (PA-5)
Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-6)
Rep. Keith Rothfus (PA-12)
Rep. Pedro R. Pierluisi (PR-At Large)
Rep. David Cicilline (RI-1)
Rep. Jim Langevin (RI-2)
Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-9)
Rep. Beto O'Rourke (TX-16)
Rep. Gerald Connolly (VA-11)
Rep. Ann Kuster (NH-2)
Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-2)
Rep. Lee M. Zeldin (NY-1)
Rep. Peter King (NY-2)
Rep. Steve Israel (NY-3)
Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-4)
Rep. Charles Rangel (NY-13)
Rep. Nita Lowey (NY-17)
Rep. Joseph Crowley (NY-14)
Rep. John Katko (NY-24)
Rep. Brian Higgins (NY-26)
Rep. Chris Collins (NY-27)
Rep. Robert E. Latta (OH-5)
Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-2)

Co-Sponsors in the Senate supporting S.901
Sen Mike Crapo (ID)
Senator Richard Durbin (IL)
Sen Pat Roberts (KS)
Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand (NY)
Senator Charles Schumer (NY)
Senator Sherrod Brown (OH)

Senator Jeff Merkley (OR)
Senator Ron Wyden (OR)
Senator Jon Tester (MT)
Senator Steven Daines (MT)
Senator Joe Machin (WV)

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Vets’ Homelessness Not Over by 2015 Deadline

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald, shown in April discussing homeless veterans in San Francisco, said Monday that the government is focused on building a system that reduces the veterans homeless population to zero and making it last.(Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

According to a June 2 Military Times article by Leo Shane III, heads of the departments of Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Labor backed off the White House's stated goal of ending veterans’ homelessness by the start of 2016, instead emphasizing "sustainable" plans to permanently end the problem as soon as possible.

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Press Releases

Painkiller Safety Act to Help Control Over-prescription of Opioids to Veterans

(Washington, D.C.)–– “Marine Corps veteran Jason Simcakoski died as a result of mixed drug toxicity at the Tomah (Wisconsin)Veterans Affairs Medical Center, a place known as ‘Candyland’ to many of the veterans who are patients there, due to its clinicians’ liberal distribution of pain medication,” said John Rowan, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America.

“Because of the over-prescription by some clinicians of opioids, a class of highly addictive pain killers, VVA endorses and supports the enactment of the Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act, introduced today by Senator Tammy Baldwin (WI-D). We believe the passage of this important legislation will go a long way towards strengthening the VA’s opioid prescribing guidelines and will improve its pain-management services,” Rowan noted.

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Personality Disorder Discharges

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