Monday, April 08, 2013

News and a note from the FRA


There is not much happening in Congress except the threat to change the current COLA formula [the same one Social Security uses] to a new “Chained CPI” formula that would, you guessed it, reduce COLA for Veterans as much as a half to two thirds what they would get if they left the formula alone.  

We certainly do not know where this is coming from, but it displays the current Congressional mindset toward Veterans: “go away!”

Funny, they didn’t say that to the troops they’ve been abusing with multiple deployments over the past ten years. 
 
It is the same Congressional lack of respect the Blue Water Navy Veterans have been getting since 2002. 
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While that has been simmering since the session started in January, our good friends from the Fleet Reserve Association paid a visit to Fox News Channel.  Here is what they report in their weekly newsletter:

FRA on Fox News Channel
"John Davis, FRA's director of Legislative Programs, shared FRA's concern over  the growing backlog of veterans' disability claims during an interview that  aired on the Fox News Channel this week.  This is a top FRA priority and was addressed by FRA National President Mark Kilgore when he testified before a joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees in March.

"Davis cited shipmates' concerns about claims processing delays and the Association’s continuing interaction with members of Congress and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials on this issue.  He also spoke about VA efforts to improve training for claims personnel, streamline the claims process, and leverage technology to speed up the adjudication process.  He also called for added benefits for "blue water" veterans, who were exposed to Agent Orange while serving off the coast of Vietnam, and expressed the FRA's disappointment with the recent announcement that the VA and Department of Defense (DoD) are abandoning efforts to create a single electronic health record for active duty military personnel and veterans.

"To view the interview, visit

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If you are not a member of this fine organization you should be.  They have not forgotten us, and stand out front on the Blue Water Navy issue.  They, along with the VVA, and the American Legion, have consistently brought our plight up to Congress and in the media. 


Join the Fleet Reserve Association today and support them in their efforts to support all Veterans, in addition to those of us in the Blue Water Navy predicament. 

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 Obama 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

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