On Monday, VFW Commander-in-Chief John Hamilton sent an “all hands” call to VFW advocates in an effort to muster support for the Inhofe/Hagan amendment.
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(Madison , WI ) – Senator Sheila Harsdorf ( R-River Falls ) is announcing listening sessions focusing on veterans and veterans’ issues on March 20th. Secretary John Scocos of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) is scheduled to attend the listening sessions at Senator Harsdorf’s invitation.
National VFW Commander Richard L. DeNoyer advises joint panel against the temptation to balance the budget on the backs of disabled Veterans and the Military.
On Wednesday, VFW testified before the House VA Committee as part of an Independent Budget (IB) panel on the FY 2013 VA budget. The IB, now in its 26th year, captures the full picture of what VA needs to care for veterans. VFW is responsible for the construction portion of the IB, and our testimony centered on major and minor construction project funding.
The location of our Washington, D.C., office allows us to monitor all legislation affecting veterans, alert VFW membership to key legislation under consideration and to actively lobby Congress and the administration on veterans issues.
All military retirees and active duty service members will see increases in their health care costs under the proposed Department of Defense (DOD) FY 2013 budget.
All existing fees and copays will drastically increase over the next five years. Fees and copays will nearly double for lower retirement pay earners; however, because the budget proposals include tiers which tie future increases based on retired pay, many will pay more than four times the current amount within five years. In addition to increasing existing fees and copays (starting Oct 1, 2012), the budget proposal would also institute entirely new and costly enrollment fees for TRICARE Standard and TRICARE for Life (TFL).
WASHINGTON (February 13, 2012) — The national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is appreciative of the fiscal year 2013 budget President Obama proposed Monday for the Department of Veterans Affairs.