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Legislation Impacting Veterans

May 25th, 2018 by Antoinette Bone

VA MISSION Act Approved by Committee Expands Caregiver Program 


The House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC) passed the “Department of Veterans Affairs Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act” (H.R.5674) also known as the VA MISSION Act. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (Tenn.) HVAC Chairman, includes three pieces of legislation that have been considered by either the House or Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees. The bill would expand the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Post-9/11 Caregiver Program to cover ALL badly disabled veterans, streamline VA’s duplicative community care programs into one cohesive program and create a non-partisan process for reviewing VA’s assets to ensure veterans can access the care they have earned.


The bill also includes funding for the VA Choice Program that is expected to last until the new program, authorized under the VA MISSION Act, is implemented. In April, Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie informed Congress that the current account would run out of funds in early to mid-June, ending the Choice Program and potentially creating another crisis for veterans trying to access care.



Bill approved by HVAC Expands Agent Orange Reform
Lawmakers on the House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC) approved the “Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act” (H.R.299), sponsored by Rep. David Valadao (Calif.). This bill would clarify that service members serving off the coast of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam conflict, have a presumption for filing disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for ailments associated with exposure to the Agent Orange herbicide. The bill was amended to further provide presumption to certain veterans that served in Korea near the demilitarized zone and in Thailand. FRA believes Congress should recognize these veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange and authorize presumptive status for VA disability claims.

“Today is a great day for Blue Water Navy veterans,” HVAC Chairman Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (Tenn.) said after the bill was approved by the committee. “We owe it to the brave veterans who served in the Vietnam War to provide benefits for conditions they may have developed because of exposure to Agent Orange. I’m also proud of our work today to send the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act to the full House, and I’m grateful for Rep. Valadao’s continued leadership on this important legislation.” The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.

Contact your Congressman and ask them to support this important legislation.

If you would like to learn more or would like help with your current situation, please do not hesitate to contact Euless, Veterans Law Attorney, Antoinette Bone, at (817) 462-5454 or email today and schedule an appointment to discuss how we can help you with your planning.


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