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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

The Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Government Affairs Committee is committed to providing timely information on issues that are specific to veterans and their families requiring support and advocacy. This committee keeps pertinent legislation in the forefront of our congressional leaders, while encouraging our members to become proactive by contacting their elected officials via phone or e-mail to keep the needs of our veterans and their families in the limelight as relevant acts impacting our membership are considered. AVVA members are voters, and together we are nearly 9000 members strong.


 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE!
OCTOBER 7, 2017

 

Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America
October 6, 2017
Legislative Update

Save the Date: October 12, 2017

The next call in day on the hill supporting passage of H.R. 299 and S.422, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act 2017, is October 12 at 9:00 am.

304 House members have signed on to H.R. 299 and 43 Senators have signed on to the companion bill, S.422. If, your member has not signed on to these bills, please make the call on October 12 requesting they join their colleagues in support of our Navy Vietnam Veterans.

Noncosponsors H.R. 299
Noncosponsors S.422
CallinScript for H.R. 299/S.422

We need your voices to get these bills out of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees and to the floor of both chambers for passage.


Thank you for your support.

AVVA Government Affairs Team


Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA) is a national, nonprofit Membership and Service Organization dedicated to advancing the awareness of issues affecting Vietnam Veterans, their families, and their communities




 


 

AVVA Legislative Priorities for 2017:

Click here to read the AVVA Legislative Priorities for this year. There is a great deal of background information as well, which will help you in your efforts to support these issues.

 


 

GREAT NEWS!

Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America - Legislative Update


December 12, 2016

Senate passes Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015


On Saturday, December 10, 2016, H.R. 6416, the Miller-Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Act of 2016, unanimously passed the Senate and is now on the way to the President's Desk for signature into law. Among the 76 separate provisions of the bill are measures aimed at improving veterans' access to care, benefits, education, and homeless assistance.

Also included in the legislation are the provisions of the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015, the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America top legislative priority. 

My heartfelt congratulations go to all of you who answered the call and took action activating your communities, and working with your representatives on Capitol Hill. Through your relentless perseverance, your voices have been heard.

This legislation, a necessary first step, will lay the groundwork for the research we need on the health of our children and grandchildren, whom we believe, have been impacted by exposures during their parents’ military service.

AVVA, also thank Senators Moran-KS and Blumenthal-CT for introducing the bill in the Senate S.901 and Representatives Benishek (MI-1) and Honda (CA-17) for introducing the bill in the House H.R. 1769 and their colleagues on both sides for ensuring that this bipartisan legislation was enacted into law.
This is a milestone. Stand by. Our work is not done.

Yours,
Sharon Hobbs,
AVVA National President

 


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Currently in Congress

Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America

September 5-9, 2016

The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate are in session

The legislative language of S.901, the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015, introduced by Senators Jerry Moran (KS) and Richard Blumenthal (CT), has been included in S.2921, the Veterans First Act, under Title II, Subtitle I, “Research and Toxic Exposure”. Senators Johnny Isakson (GA), Chairman, and Richard Blumenthal (CT), Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs introduced S.2921.

The bill has 44 cosponsors (16 R- 28 D)
Dan Sullivan (AK), John Boozman (AR), Barbara Boxer (CA), Dianne Feinstein, (CA) Michael F. Bennet

 


 

BASIC GUIDE TO ADVOCACY:

Click here for a Power Point guide designed to help you successfully advocate for Veterans' issues. (Depending on your browser, this may automatically download to your computer, or may open in your screen.)


 

CONGRESS 101

Click here for an easy to follow listing of information that will make contacting congress as easy as 1 2 3!


 

On April 16, 2016, Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) made an unannounced visit to the VVA Chapter 317, Kansas City, “Faces of Agent Orange” Town Hall. Click the red text above for a transcript of his uplifting address regarding the Toxic Exposure Research Act, S.901.

 


 

FIND YOUR CONGRESS MEMBER OR LOOK UP LEGISLATION:

 

 


CONTACT CONGRESS


Take Action NOW! Click on Action Center and send the prepared alert asking your Senators to support S.2921, the Veterans First Act

Go to VVA's Government Affairs Action Center to keep up on current legislative action and information.

 


VECI Report: (Sept. 2015)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the expansion of a program aimed at increasing education and employment opportunities to America’s Veterans to an additional to 25 new communities. The Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI) brings together local and national partners to coordinate services for Veterans, service members and military families.

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE