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 Congress:
Help Improve VA Appeals Process for Disability Claims
Oppose TRICARE Fee Increases
Support Veterans First Act in Senate
Oppose Big Cuts in BAH
Support Agent Orange/Blue Water Navy Legislation (H.R. 969/S. 681)
Extend Assistance for Military Widows
Support Bills to Streamline VA Claims Appeals
Quicker Benefits for Veterans
Support Extension of Agent Orange Act (HR 3423)
Support Coast Guard Coin for Museum
Support Caregivers Expansion and Improvement Act
Support Concurrent Receipt Expansion
Don't Cut Commissary Benefit
Support the.Military Retiree Survivor Comfort Act (H. R. 454)
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 Congress:
S.3976 Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act of 2010
S.3447 Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010
S.3340 A bill to improve the programs of DoD and the VA regarding suicide prevention and behavioral health disorders (S. 3340).
S.3313 Support Bill to improve the assistance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs to women veterans, to improve health care furnished by the Department, and for other purposes.
S.3203 A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to limit increases in the certain costs of health care services under the health care programs of the Department of Defense, and for other purposes.
S.2921 Veterans First Act
S.2679 3/15/2016--Introduced.Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish a center of excellence in the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation of health conditions relating to exposure to open burn pits and other environmental exposures in Afghanistan or Iraq. The VA shall, in selecting the center's site, consider entities that: are equipped with the specialized equipment needed to study, diagnose, and
S.2473 1/28/2016--Introduced.Express Appeals Act of 2016 This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to: (1) carry out a five-year pilot program to provide the option of an alternative appeals process to determine appeals of claims for disability compensation more quickly, and (2) inform claimants about such program. Appeals filed under the pilot program are described as "fully developed appeals." A claimant may elect to file a fully developed appeal by filing with the VA:
S.2410 Carl Levin National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015
S.2299 A bill to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and title 38, United States Code, to improve the provision of civil relief to members of the uniformed services and to improve the enforcement of employment and reemployment rights of such members, and for other purposes.
S.2128 Protecting the Health Care of Veterans Act of 2012
S.2065 Exclude DoD from Automatic Spending Cuts (S. 2065)
S.1963 Support Bill to Repeal COLA Cuts for Military Retirees! (S. 1963.
S.1950 Support COLA Cut Repeal and other VA Improvements! (S. 1950)
S.1939 'A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes.'
S.1867 Take Action on Amendments to Senate NDAA
S.1685 'A bill to provide an emergency benefit of $250 to seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities in 2010 to compensate for the lack of a cost-of-living adjustment for such year, and for other purposes.'
S.1629 A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes.
S.1415 A bill to Streamline Military Overseas Voting (S. 1415)
S.944 Support Veterans' Ominbus Legislation (S. 944)
S.871 Support the "Combating Military Sexual Assault Act" (S. 871)
S.815 Support dignity at military funerals (S. 815).
S.815 A bill to guarantee that military funerals are conducted with dignity and respect.
S.724 Support the Ensure Pay for Our Military Act
S.657 3/4/2015--Introduced.Caregivers Expansion and Improvement Act of 2015 Extends to all veterans with a serious service-connected injury the eligibility to participate in the Department of Veterans Affairs program of comprehensive assistance to family caregivers of such veterans. (Under current law, such eligibility is limited to those veterans who incurred such an injury on or after September 11, 2001.)
S.644 Senator Chambliss Introduces bill (S. 644) to include Reserve service after September 11, 2001, as service qualifying for reduced eligibility age for receipt of Reserve retired pay.
S.546 'A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to permit certain retired members of the uniformed services who have a service-connected disability to receive both disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs for their disability and either retired pay by reason of their years of military service or Combat-Related Special Compensation.'
S.423 'A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize advance appropriations for certain medical care accounts of the Department of Veterans Affairs by providing two-fiscal year budget authority, and for other purposes.'
S.344 Support Concurrent Receipt Bill in Senate (S. 344)
S.294 Support Bill to Streamline Evaluation of PTS Claims from Sexual Assault
S.234 Support Comprehensive Concurrent Receipt (S. 234)
H.R.5987 Seniors Protection Act of 2010
H.R.5707 Support Legislation to Make Doc Fix Permanent (H.R. 5707)
H.R.4923 Support Bill To Help Military Families and Retirees Extend Health Care Coverage to Children
H.R.4640 2/26/2016--Introduced.Veteran Suicide Prevention Act This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to complete a publicly available review of the deaths of all covered veterans who died by suicide during the preceding five-year period. Such review shall include: the total number of veterans who died by suicide during the five-year period; a summary that includes age, gender, and race; a list of the medications prescribed to, and found in the systems of, such veterans at t
H.R.4593 Support Keeping Faith With the Greatest Generation Military Retirees Act HR 4593
H.R.4427 HR 4427 introduced by Rep. Wilson (SC) waives, during FY2011, the military pay increase tied to increases in the Employment Cost Index. Increases pay by 1.9%.
H.R.4329 To amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for the payment of monthly annuities under the Survivor Benefit Plan to a supplemental or special needs trust established for the sole benefit of a disabled dependent child of a participant in the Survivor Benefit Plan.
H.R.4201 Servicemember Family Protection Act
H.R.3961 Urgent! Stop Medicare/TRICARE physician reimbursement cuts!
H.R.3895 Support Bill to Stop Automatic Cuts to VA Health Care (HR 3895)
H.R.3787 '10/8/2009--Introduced.Deems as active duty service, for purposes of benefits provided through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), service of a person entitled to retired pay for nonregular (reserve) service or, but for age, would be so entitled.'
H.R.3787 HR 3787 Provides Veterans Status for "Gray-Area" Retirees
H.R.3662 To amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to modify the discretionary spending limits to take into account savings resulting from the reduction in the number of Federal employees.
H.R.3628 9/28/2015--Introduced.Pay Our Military Act This bill provides FY2016 and FY2017 appropriations for military pay and allowances during any period in which interim or full-year appropriations are not in effect. In the event of a government shutdown, the bill provides continuing appropriations for pay and allowances of: members of the Armed Forces, including reserve components, who perform active service during the period; members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces who perfor
H.R.3612 Support H.R. 3612 that will clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of Vietnam, and for other purposes.
H.R.3577 'To amend title 38, United State Code, to provide authority for certain members of the Armed Forces who have served 20 years on active duty to transfer entitlement to Post-9/11 Educational Assistance to their dependents.'
H.R.3365 HR 3365 provides Medicare payments to VA medical facilities for Medicare-eligible veterans for non-service-connected conditions.
H.R.2901 'To amend title 14, United States Code, to improve benefits for members of the Coast Guard, and for other purposes.'
H.R.2838 Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2011
H.R.2810 Support Bill (HR 2810) to Make Doc Fix Permanent.
H.R.2447 HR 2447 Authorizes the award of a Congressional Medal to honor the Montford Point Marines dedication during World War II.
H.R.2433 Veterans Opportunity to Work Act of 2011
H.R.2254 Support HR 2254 to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam.'
H.R.2254 '5/5/2009--Introduced.Agent Orange Equity Act of 2009 - Includes as part of the Republic of Vietnam, for purposes of the presumption of service connection for diseases associated with exposure by veterans to certain herbicide agents while in Vietnam, such Republic''s inland waterways, ports, and harbors, waters offshore, and airspace above. Includes as veterans eligible for such presumption those who: (1) served on Johnston Island during the period beginning on April 1, 1972, and ending on Sep'
H.R.2243 Support Increases for Surviving Spouses.
H.R.1971 Stop Certain Retirees being Forced off TRICARE Prime (HR 1971)
H.R.1742 Support Presumption for a service connection, for veterans' benefits for any illness associated with contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune (HR 1742)
H.R.1592 Bill introduced (HR 1592) to guarantee a pay increase for members of the uniformed services for fiscal years 2011 through 2014 of one-half of one percentage point higher than the Employment Cost Index.'
H.R.1494 To direct the Secretary of Defense to review the operation of certain ships during the Vietnam Era, and for other purposes.
H.R.1383 Support Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act (HR 1383)
H.R.1360 Allow widow to Keep Retiree's Final Month's Pay
H.R.1203 Bill (HR 1203) introduced of 1986 to allow Federal civilian and military retirees to pay health insurance premiums on a pretax basis and to allow a deduction for TRICARE supplemental premiums.'
H.R.1092 Support Military Retirees Health Care Protection Act
H.R.1052 Bill Introduced to mandate minimum periods of rest and recuperation for units and members of the regular and Reserve Components between deployments
H.R.1026 Allow Military Recruiters Access to Students!
H.R.1016 Bill (HR 1016) Introduced for Advanced Funding for VA
H.R.975 Support Review of Veterans Discharged with Pre-existing Conditions (HR 975)
H.R.969 To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes.
H.R.816 Bill (HR 816) to Stop TRICARE Fee Increases
H.R.816 '2/3/2009--Introduced.Military Retirees Health Care Protection Act - Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) the Department of Defense (DOD) and the nation have a committed health benefits obligation to retired military personnel that exceeds the obligation of corporate employers to civilian employees; and (2) DOD has many additional options to constrain the growth of health care spending in ways that do not disadvantage beneficiaries, and should pursue such options rather than seeking large'
H.R.814 Medicare Subvention for VA Legislation Introduced (HR 814)
H.R.813 Support Advanced Funding for VA (H.R. 813)
H.R.812 To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam.
H.R.791 Support HR 791 to provide flexible spending arrangements for members of the uniformed services
H.R.775 '1/28/2009--Introduced.Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act - Repeals certain provisions which require the offset of amounts paid in dependency and indemnity compensation from Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuities for the surviving spouses of former military personnel who are entitled to military retired pay or who would be entitled to retired pay except for being under 60 years of age. Prohibits requiring repayment of certain amounts previously paid to SBP recipients in the form of a retire'
H.R.652 Support HR 652 that Limits TRICARE fee increases
H.R.648 2/10/2011--Introduced.Allows members of the Armed Forces not in uniform and veterans to render the military salute during the recitation of the pledge of allegiance.
H.R.613 A bill (HR 613) to provide for forgiveness of certain overpayments for military retirees following their death.
H.R.613 Support the Military Retiree Survivor Comfort Act (HR 613) Requires DFAS to forgive overpayments of military retired pay for the period after the death of the recipient through the last day of the month in which such death occurs
H.R.574 Support the Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act (H.R. 574)
H.R.543 Support Agent Orange Reform for "Blue Water" Navy Veterans (HR 543)
H.R.493 To amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for forgiveness of certain overpayments of retired pay paid to deceased retired members of the Armed Forces following their death.
H.R.454 Support the.Military Retiree Survivor Comfort Act (H. R. 454)
H.R.333 To amend title 10, United States Code, to permit retired members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability rated less than 50 percent to receive concurrent payment of both retired pay and veterans' disability compensation, to eliminate the phase-in period for concurrent receipt, to extend eligibility for concurrent receipt to chapter 61 disability retirees with less than 20 years of service, and for other purposes.
H.R.303 Concurrent Receipt Improvemnts for CRDP Introduced
H.R.303 Support Retired Pay Restoration Act with Concurrent Receipt
H.R.303 Support the "Retired Pay Restoration Act" that allows the receipt of both military retired pay and veterans' disability compensation with respect to any service-connected disability (HR 303)
H.R.303 Support the "Retired Pay Restoration Act" (HR 303) that provides Concurrent Receipt for all Disabled Retirees with 20 Years of Service
H.R.258 Support new.Stolen Valor Act that Prohibits Fraudulent Claims about Military Decorations
H.R.237 1/7/2011--Introduced.Amends the Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development Act of 1966 to expand access to Department of Defense (DOD) homeowners assistance for qualified members of the Armed Forces permanently reassigned during a designated mortgage crisis to allow the Secretary of Defense greater flexibility regarding the dates of the availability of such assistance. Directs the Secretary, in exercising such authority, to consult with the Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development
H.R.208 Legislation to ensure that members of the Reserve Component who have served on active duty since September 11, 2001, receive credit for early retirement
H.R.186 Support expansion of concurrent receipt of military retired pay and veterans' disability compensation to include those who are medically retired
H.R.186 1/5/2011--Introduced.Extends through 2013 eligibility for the concurrent receipt of military retired pay and veterans' disability compensation for veterans who were retired or separated due to physical disability, regardless of their disability rating or years of service.
H.R.178 Repeal the requirement for reduction of survivor annuities under the Survivor Benefit Plan for surviving spouses to offset veterans dependency and indemnity compensation (HR 178).
H.R.55 Pay Troops First if U.S. public debt limit is reached
H.R.32 Repeal military "Widows Tax" (H.R. 32)
H.J.RES.13 Constitutional Amendment - Grants Congress the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the U.S. flag.
H.CON.RES.261 '4/15/2010--Introduced.Expresses the sense of Congress that the Supreme Court should uphold laws that allow the families and friends of fallen members of the Armed Forces to mourn their loved ones in peace and privacy.'
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Key Votes
U.S. Senate:
Senate approves one-percent COLA cut every year for military retirees under age 62
Motion to Waive Sec. 302(f) of the CBA; To repeal the requirement for reduction of survivor annuities under the Survivor Benefit Plan by veterans' dependency and indemnity compensation.
Amendment to Limit Agent Orange Claims at the VA is Defeated
S. 1963; Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2009
Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2647; National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010
S. 3001 As Amended; National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009
U.S. House:
Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act of 2016
Border Jobs for Veterans Act of 2015
Veterans Information Modernization Act
Making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013
To direct the head of each Federal department and agency to treat relevant military training as sufficient to satisfy training or certification requirements for Federal licenses
House Passes Bill to Streamline Vets Appeals Process
Support Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act (HR 1383)
Senior Protection Act fails in House
To enable State homes to furnish nursing home care to parents any of whose children died while serving in the Armed Forces
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011
To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide assistance to caregivers of veterans, to improve the provision of health care to veterans, and for other purposes
Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act of 2009
FY 2011 Coast Guard Authorization
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009
Creates Post 911 GI Bill
National Defense Authorization Act, FY2008
National Defense Authorization Act
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