Friday, November 07, 2008

Field Day...cleaning up the compartment.

Just a few items to put things in order.

First, the Haas case at the Supreme Court. There is some confusion in some corners about the schedule of events.

November 21st is NOT a drop dead decision day. That decision, to take on the case for review, or not, comes sometime after the first of the year...or later. November 21st is the date the Department of Veterans Affairs has to file their brief in response to Haas's filing. Based on past practices, the DVA will mail their response directly to the Supreme Court, and it will likely not show up anywhere until at least the middle or end of the following week, or possible even after Thanksgiving.

On another note, we really must pick up the pace now.

If you have gotten a pledge of support for the next version of HR 6562 as introduced last summer, first check to see if your Representative or Senator is returning to Congress, or has left office either voluntarily or by voters turning him or her out of office. If you have a new Rep or Senator, you must start from ground zero. Go get to them before they leave for DC.

If your Rep or Senator is not leaving office, and you have not already gotten a ledge of support from them, by all means grab them while they are still at home and elicit the support we need. Remember, the magic number is 357...combined Reps and Senators to guarantee a veto proof passage of the bills.

President-elect Obama as made a number of sweeping promises to Veterans, and some can be construed to include us. It remains to be seen how he will look on our efforts should the bills reach his desk for signing. While we are optimistic, we are guardedly so. Whatever you do, be assertive, yet polite. The best way to gain their help is to go see them.

In the mean time, make sure you take time to observe Veterans Day.

Perhaps you might see your Rep or Senator at your local Veterans Day events.

VNVets

”It is a stain on this nation's honor that the Department of Veterans Affairs has become a deadlier and more difficult adversary to the American veteran than any they have ever faced on a battlefield."-- VNVets

"The concept that Agent Orange, and its effects, stopped dead in its tracks at the shoreline is simply too illogical, and too ludicrous to accept. What does that say about the Bush Administration and his Department of Veterans Affairs?"--VNVets

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." --President Abraham Lincoln

"It follows than as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious."--President George Washington

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