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The Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015
Congressman Dan Benishek, (MI-1) has introduced H.R.1769 the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 co-sponsored by Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17th). Senator Jerry Moran, (KS) has introduced S.901 the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 co-sponsored by Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT).
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 Norcross, Donald (NJ-1)
|Co-Sponsors in the Senate supporting S.901|
|Sen. John Boozman (AR)
Sen Christopher Murphy (CT)
Sen. Chris Coons (DE)
Sen. Charles Grassley (IA)
Sen Mike Crapo (ID)
Senator Richard Durbin (IL)
Sen Pat Roberts (KS)
Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI)
Senator Gary Peters (MI)
Sen. Amy Klobuchar ( MN)
Senator Jon Tester (MT)
Senator Steven Daines (MT)
Senator Roy Blount (MO)
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According to an October 20 OWL post by David Lipschutz, Senior Policy Attorney for the Center for Medicare Advocacy, 2016 Medicare Part B premiums are projected to dramatically increase for some Medicare beneficiaries, and the Part B deductible is projected to dramatically increase for everyone – unless Congress acts to fix it. On October 15th – the same day that the Medicare Open Enrollment period began, which allows people to make changes to their Medicare Advantage and Part D plans – the Social Security Administration announced that there will be no Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2016. Although the Medicare program has not yet released the official 2016 Part B premium and deductible amounts, this announcement makes it much more likely that these unprecedented increases will occur.
41,500 Job Vacancies at VA
According to an October 18 Herald Independent story by Thomas Crisp, USA Todaydiscovered the 41,500 vacancies as of late June in data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. The full- and part-time positions include openings for 5,191 physicians, nearly 12,000 nurses, and 1,262 psychologists, according to the data. Four locations were short at least 100 doctors: Orlando, Portland, Baltimore, and Salt Lake City.
Insomnia, Another Hidden War Wound
According to an October 20 posting by Peter S. Green on The Skyline Task & Purpose website, combat-related insomnia is taking a toll on U.S. veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. A report from Van Winkle's cited it as the most unnoticed, under-prevented, and untreated injury that servicemembers face, a major problem when the best treatment for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is sleep.
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(Washington, D.C.)—Vietnam Veterans of America recognizes that the Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Benefits Administration has reduced the backlog of veterans’ benefits claims. “However,” said John Rowan, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America, “we assert this reduction came at a loss of accuracy.”
“This is evident by the fact that the claims appeals backlog has skyrocketed by 22 percent to over 307,700 appeals in the past three years. Furthermore, eighty percent of our cases brought before the Board of Veterans Appeals are won outright or returned to the Veterans Benefits Administration to be corrected. As a result, the veteran can wait for over five years for an accurate decision. To address the appeals backlog, it is imperative that the VA hire additional Decision Review Officers whose exclusive duties are to resolve appealed rating decisions at the VA’s Regional Benefits Offices,” said Rowan.
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Personality Disorder Discharges
The Department of Defense (DoD) has violated the law by failing to release records showing that it has wrongfully discharged nearly 26,000 service members on the basis of so-called "Personality Disorder."