Articles Related to VA

Government Affairs Committee Update September/October 2021

October 4, 2021

BY PETE PETERSON, CHAIR The upcoming National Convention is happening at the most critical point of VVA’s existence. The Convention will either develop the method and means for us to pass on our knowledge to…

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Government Affairs Committee Update July/August 2021

July 15, 2021

BY PETE PETERSON, CHAIR VVA congratulates VA Secretary Denis McDonough for his decision to immediately implement provisions of the William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (P.L. 116-283) by adding bladder…

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Government Affairs Committee Update May/June 2021

June 28, 2021

BY PETE PETERSON, CHAIR Enacting a law is only part of the legislative process: After the President signs a bill into law, the Executive Branch departments and agencies must implement it. VVA works with Congress…

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Government Affairs Committee Update July/August 2020

June 29, 2020

BY PETE PETERSON, CHAIR Before you can fix the problem, you must first find out what caused the problem. Race problems have existed since biblical times, yet we in America think that we can solve…

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Chapter 944 Lobbies to Expand Agent Orange Coverages

March 9, 2020

Members of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 944 joined elected officials Feb. 17 in Utica, N.Y., to call for additional Agent Orange health care benefits. The VA currently recognizes more than a dozen illnesses as diseases…

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February 6, 2019

Alfred Procopio, Jr., v. Robert Wilkie: What Does This Mean for You?

(Washington, D.C.)--On January 29, in a 9-2 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in favor of the veteran in Alfred Procopio, Jr., v. Robert Wilkie, finding the intent of Congress…

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Chapter 96 Helps Hurricane Victims

October 26, 2018

Vietnam Veterans of America Big Bend Chapter 96 in Tallahassee, Fla., recently assisted veterans who have service-connected disabilities or claims and live in counties affected by Hurricane Michael access increases in benefits or expedited reviews of contested…

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May 18, 2018

VVA Applauds Nomination of Robert Wilkie as Secretary of Veterans Affairs

(Washington, D.C)—“VVA applauds the White House nomination of Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie to serve as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. We are confident that Wilkie, a veteran of both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air…

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September 19, 2017

RAND Study Finds ACA Repeal Will Strain VA; Any ACA Repeal Must Invest in VA Infrastructure

(Washington, D.C.)—“Last week, RAND Corporation, a widely respected, nonpartisan research institution, released the report, Veterans Health Insurance Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act and Implications of Repeal for the Department of Veterans Affairs,” said John…

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May 15, 2017

VVA Commends Sen. Isakson for Introduction of VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act

(Washington, D.C.) – “Vietnam Veterans of America commends Sen. Johnny Isakson, chair, Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, for his leadership in introducing the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act,” said John Rowan,…

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