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Vietnam Veterans of America, August 5, 2021
 
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The U.S. Senate is in full session 
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House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and related agencies, Chairman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Before the August recess,  the House Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs released H.R. 4355,  the VA FY2022, an appropriations bill which provides $124.5 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of more than 10 percent, to protect national security. 
https://appropriations.house.gov/sites/democrats.appropriations.house.gov/files/documents/MilCon%20Factsheet.pdf
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https://www.congress.gov/117/bills/hr4355/BILLS-117hr4355rh.pdf
Chairman Takano Praises New VA Rule on Toxic Exposure, Urges Comprehensive Legislative Solution
House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) praised VA Secretary Denis McDonough’s action to begin processing disability claims for asthma, rhinitis and sinusitis on a presumptive basis based on presumed particulate matter exposures during military service in Southwest Asia and certain other areas in the following statement.
https://veterans.house.gov/news/press-releases/chairman-takano-praises-new-va-rule-on-toxic-exposure-urges-comprehensive-legislative-solution
Bost, Tester Urge VA to Improve Travel Reimbursement Program for Veterans 
The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Ranking Member Mike Bost (R-Ill.) and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) are urging the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to make critical improvements to its travel reimbursement program for the nation’s veterans.  
https://republicans-veterans.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=5886
Tester Secures Billions to Support Military Projects and Veterans Nationwide in Federal Funding Bill
The Senator’s provisions to tackle benefits claims backlog, increase oversight of community care, ensure accountability for the electronic health record odernization program, and expand medical care successfully clear the committee.
https://www.veterans.senate.gov/newsroom/majority-news/tester-secures-billions-to-support-military-projects-and-veterans-nationwide-in-federal-funding-bill
Senate VA Committee Passes Sen. Moran’s Legislation to Address Gaps in Veteran Health Care
The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee voted to pass the Guaranteeing Healthcare Access to Personnel Who Served (GHAPS) Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – ranking member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee (SVAC) – that would address gaps in veteran health care to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is serving veterans in hard-to-reach places.
https://www.veterans.senate.gov/newsroom/news/senate-va-committee-passes-sen-morans-legislation-to-address-gaps-in-veteran-health-care
VA in a new research agreement with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease,
https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/92682/
VA to start processing disability claims for certain conditions related to particulate matter
 The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin processing disability claims Aug. 2 for asthma, rhinitis and sinusitis on a presumptive basis based on presumed particulate matter exposures during military service in Southwest Asia and certain other areas— if these conditions manifested within 10 years of a qualifying period of military service.
https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5699
VA brings more appointees aboard
The latest Biden-Harris administration appoints three more leaders to the Department of Veteran Affairs.
https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5698
VA posts Under Secretary for Health job announcement 
Seeking assistance in creating a pool of viable candidates
 The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking for qualified candidates to fill the position of Under Secretary for Health. 
https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5695
VA Assistance to Help Avoid Eviction
https://www.va.gov/homeless/housingresources/index.asp
Veterans Health Administration
Challenges for Military Sexual Trauma Coordinators and Culture of Safety Considerations
https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/VAOIG-20-01979-199.pdf
 
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ORGANIZATION: Founded in 1978, Vietnam Veterans of America is the only national Vietnam Veterans organization congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA is organized as a not-for-profit corporation and is tax exempt under section 501 (c) (19) of the Internal Revenue Service code. Vietnam Veterans of America is a national service organization with 650 Chapters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, The Philippines, Guam and Puerto Rico, and only 48 state councils. GOALS: VVA’s goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to the Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans. About Us Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 432 represents a very active group of Veterans and assisting Veterans and their families in need, providing a helping hand to fellow vets and honoring Veterans of all wars. Our members help at the Veterans Hospital and provide an honor guard to parades, schools, holidays and events celebrating military history. Our mission and philosophy is simple: we honor, we represent, we serve, we share all in the name of Freedom. VVA 432 will never forget the sacrifice and duty of veterans for our blessed Nation, the United States of America! The Vietnam Veterans' Memorial consists of ten columns of black granite etched with the names of Arizonans killed or missing in action. A bronze sculpture entitled "The Fallen Warrior" by Jasper D'Ambrosi portrays young soldiers as war's victims as much as its heroes.
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