Saturday, June 27, 2015

This just in: Senate to send approved BWN Bill to floor for vote.

This just in from our good friends at the Fleet Reserve Association:
"VA Undersecretary for Health Confirmed After Delay on Agent Orange Info
The President’s nominee for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Undersecretary for Health, Dr. David Shulkin, president of the Atlantic Health System’s Morristown (N.J.) Medical Center, was confirmed by the Senate this week. Senator Kirstin Gillibrand (N.Y.), sponsor of Agent Orange Blue Water Navy reform legislation (S. 681), had put a “hold” on the Senate vote after the VA failed to provide her with information, which she was lifted after the requested information was provided...
"...In related news, SVAC Chairman Johnny Isakson (Ga.) has indicated that the “Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act” (S. 681), which would clarify a presumption for filing disability claims with the VA for ailments associated with exposure to Agent Orange herbicide during the Vietnam War, will be marked up, approved and sent to the full Senate for consideration. Members are urged to use the FRA Action Center (action.fra.org/action-center) to ask their legislators to support this bill and its House companion bill, HR-969. FRA NED Thomas Snee and HQ staffers Stephen Tassin and Ben Young met personally with Rep. Chris Gibson (N.Y.) concerning HR-969.  This bill is moving rapidly, and Congressman Gibson requested that FRA assist in ensuring that the bill gets passed swiftly."
There it is, folks.  Hit that CapWiz page NOW!

VNVets

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