Thursday, January 12, 2017

HVAC Leadership Announced



 



Thursday, January 12, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tiffany Haverly

(202) 226-6340

 

Roe Announces Committee Leadership

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) announced the leadership for the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs for the 115th Congress.

 

Roe released the following statement:

"These incoming subcommittee chairmen have impressive backgrounds in public service, and many of them have served in the military. They've each been tireless advocates for veterans, and I'm confident they will keep fighting to improve the lives of our nation's heroes as chairmen of their respective subcommittees. I am also glad Rep. Bilirakis will continue serving as vice chairman. I look forward to working with Rep. Bilirakis and the subcommittee chairmen to pass meaningful legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs and continue the committee's diligent oversight."

115th Congress Leadership:

 

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL): Vice Chairman

 

Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL): Chairman, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs

 

Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX): Chairman, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity

 

Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH): Chairman, Subcommittee on Health

 

Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI): Chairman, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

VVA Message on Toxic Exposures HR 6416

President John Rowan

 

Early Saturday morning, the Miller-Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Act, H.R. 6416, 
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
 
My heartfelt congratulations go to all of you who answered the call and took action, organizing over
250 Agent Orange town hall meetings throughout our nation; 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 our military service­and in keeping with our founding principle, this 
legislation will ensure that our newer veterans will not have to wait 50 years for answers.
 
This is a milestone. Stand by. Our work is not done. 
 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

IG Reports keeping a eye on VA

OIG Monthly Highlights

07/31/2016 08:00 PM EDT

Read about our top reports and investigations in August 2016.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, after receiving a complaint letter, asked VA's OIG to investigate allegations that the Director of the Denver VA Regional Office was habitually absent from work during her designated duty hours and submitted incorrect timecards. OIG substantiated that she misused her official time when she arrived to her duty station late without taking the appropriate leave; when she was absent without leave; and when she improperly split her workday between her duty station, a non-VA location, and teleworking from home. OIG also found that she maintained an improper credit hour system for herself and her office staff. OIG did not substantiate an allegation that she was absent for several weeks at a time without taking sick leave, and OIG administratively closed that allegation. OIG discovered that VA's Office of Accountability Review (OAR) began an investigation concurrent to OIG's. To avoid any duplicative efforts, OIG accepted the misuse of time and timecard allegations, and OAR accepted all other allegations for investigation

Monday, August 08, 2016

VV- Glioblastoma-


---Alert to Vietnam Vets-----

> Hello! Sean,                                                                                                             I wanted to ask if you wouldn't mind posting this story on your group and to share with all your other connections- trying to track the numbers-names of Vietnam veterans with Glioblastoma- brain cancer-/tumors- Brain Tumors are not on agent orange presumptive list -read our story- Thank you! if, you have any further questions, please feel free to call me-Tiger Sheree # 417-766-5640- Back in Sunday, Feb. 20th, 2011- you had done my story- on your blog - I will share with you my journey- Thank you! brother Sean- -Your sister, friend, War Widow, Author, Tiger Sheree Evans
>
> www.saleminsider.com/2016/08/widows-band-together-help-agent-orange-victims-suffering-glioblastoma
> www.salem-news.com/articles/february182011/edward-evans-tk.php
> www.prweb.com/releases/2011/02/prweb5080394.htm
> https://youtu.be/_rfKscdaNqA
> http://yancycaruthers.com/2016/05/30/author-interview-sheree-tiger-evans/
>

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Surgical teams risk life and limb removing unexploded ordnance from patients
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Veterans would be allowed to use local doctors for disability examinations instead of having to travel to Department of Veterans Affairs facilities under a bill passed by the House last week. The bill would require the VA to compile information from local doctors and gauge progress on the bill's implementation. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (2/15)

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Some calls to the Department of Veterans Affairs' 24-hour suicide prevention hotline main call center in Canandaigua, N.Y., have gone to voicemail or to backup centers, where staff have left some calls unanswered, according to a VA Inspector General report. The VA said it will implement the report's recommendations, including setting specific expectations for backup centers and quality assurance criteria for all calls, by Sept. 30. Daily News (New York) (2/16)

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Health practitioners, community leaders and faith leaders should get involved in educating residents about the issues they face regarding the water crisis in Flint, Mich., said US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. "I understand that after everything that Flint residents have been through, that they would have some trust issues when it comes to the water and to the information that they're getting," he said. "That's why it's so important in this community that trusted voices speak out, and help people get the information they need." Detroit Free Press (2/15)

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IOM: Gulf War vets should be monitored for ALS, cancer
Despite spending more than $500 million on research between 1994 and 2014, the US government still has not definitely identified the health effects of serving in the 1990-91 Gulf War, an Institute of Medicine committee reported. Gulf War veterans appear to be at increased risk for chronic fatigue syndrome, digestive disorders, mental health conditions, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic pain and sexual dysfunction, the federally funded report said. The Department of Veterans Affairs should monitor Gulf War veterans for degenerative brain diseases, such as ALS, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, as well as for cancer, the IOM said. HealthDay News (2/11)

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§  Analysis suggests link between Agent Orange exposure and thyroid cancer
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