Sunday, January 31, 2016

Garcetti Attacks Homeless Vet problem in LA

Hi Sean,

Here's a quick rundown of what we've been up to this week. 

In Case You Missed It:

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This week, I helped unveil two innovative tools to make life in L.A. smarter and easier. The Go L.A. app allows users to choose between cheaper, faster, or greener ways to get around the city, on everything from a bicycle to Lyft. Our brand-new Geo Hub centralizes data about L.A. for everyday Angelenos and City departments — using GIS technology to map everything from recreation programs to newly-filled potholes and fire hydrants. The Geo Hub will also ease the way for developers looking to build apps for everything from parking to permits.

I had the honor of hosting the first-ever White House Regional Convening on New Americans right here at City Hall. It was inspiring to hear so many great ideas for making the American Dream real for everyone in our city.

I was with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald to unveil the V.A.'s new master plan for the West L.A. campus, which will provide permanent supportive housing and other resources for our city's veterans. Later that day, I joined thousands of volunteers to take part in our annual homeless count — a vital tool to ensure that we get more Angelenos off the streets.



 Sean Eagan

 Life Member VFW NY Post 53
 American Cold War Veterans, Inc.
Blog: Cold War Veterans Blog
Phone:  716 720-4000 
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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Helpful Resource For Veterans Filing Their Taxes Online


As many of you may already know, disabled Veterans are eligible for tax exemptions — and with tax season occurring, there's no better time to start thinking about how you want to file them. According to the IRS, more than 50 million people do their taxes themselves. Since doing your taxes online can range from easy to very complicated, wanted to inform the public of the different options of online tax software programs. They spent 80 hours digging into this industry to develop a resource to help families choose which tax service is best suited for their needs.

With the help of three tax professionals, scouring through dozens of articles and reviews, hours spent researching IRS data and personally testing out the finalists, the Reviews team found three leading programs out of 22 competitors. The top contenders all have top of the line customer service, easy-to-understand design and language that anybody could comprehend.

Because the last thing you want to do is make an error when it comes to your finances, they also complied a comprehensive guide and detailed comparisons, while also offering critical information on filing taxes.

To read their top choices for the best online tax software programs:

Saturday, January 23, 2016

President Expresses Sympathy to Families of Marines Lost in Helicopter Collision

01/22/2016 04:25 PM CST

President Expresses Sympathy to Families of Marines Lost in Helicopter Collision

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2016 — President Barack Obama issued a statement today expressing his condolences and those of the first lady to the families of 12 Marines lost in an apparent helicopter collision off the Hawaiian coast last week.

The Coast Guard called off its search for possible survivors Jan. 20, and officials announced yesterday that the Marines had been officially declared dead and that their families had been notified.

"As we mourn this loss, we are reminded of the sacrifice men and women of our armed forces make each day for the freedom and security of their fellow Americans," the president said in his statement. "The willingness of our troops to complete dangerous training to prepare for any mission our nation asks of them will not be forgotten."

The spirit of the missing Marines was reflected in the actions of the many dozens of service members and others in Hawaii who searched day and-night for the downed helicopters, Obama added.

"Communities from coast to coast are mourning these Marines, and our nation is forever grateful for their patriotism, service, and sacrifice," the president said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones at this difficult hour."

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

IU Under Attack , Alert ! Individual Unemployability

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From: Moses McIntosh, DAV National Commander, Linda Stake, DAVA National Commander 

Subject: Individual Unemployability

Over the past few months, the issue of Individual Unemployability (IU) has been both a topic of discussion and one of rising concern for DAV and its members. A hearing regarding IU was held before the House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Disability and Memorial Affairs on July 15, 2015.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), for eligibility to IU, a veteran must be unable to maintain substantially gainful employment as a result of his or her service-connected disabilities. Marginal employment, such as an odd job, is not considered "substantial gainful employment" for VA purposes. In addition to the employment barrier, a veteran eligible for IU must have one service-connected condition ratable at 60 percent or more disabling, or two or more service-connected disabilities, at least one condition that is ratable at 40 percent or more disabling, with a combined rating of 70 percent or more disabled.
Reports published by the Congressional Budget Office in August 2014 and the General Accountability Office in June 2015 made recommendations for substantial changes to the IU program. If implemented, these changes would cause significant financial harm to wounded, ill and injured veterans, their survivors and dependents.
Many of the views expressed within these reports are quite  troubling,  particularly the notions of restricting, limiting, or eliminating entitlement to IU on the basis of age and offsetting IU benefits when veterans are in receipt of other earned federal benefits such as military compensation or Social Security benefits ;  concepts that DAV vehemently opposes. 
No legislation has been introduced to address IU, but discussions are underway. DAV wants the voice of DAV members, the auxiliary and other DAV supporters who are concerned about the preservation of veterans' benefits to be part of this discussion. DAV asks you to contact your elected officials with the letter provided, or please write your own letter for the same purpose.

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 Sean Eagan

 Life Member VFW NY Post 53
 American Cold War Veterans, Inc.
Blog: Cold War Veterans Blog
Phone:  716 720-4000 
Network: My Fast Pitch! Profile