Peter Gaytan, executive director of the Legion’s Washington office, will represent the Legion at a roundtable discussion between the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and veterans service organizations. Committee Chairman Jeff Miller is bringing VSO leadership together for a frank discussion regarding the challenges facing America's veterans and how to overcome those challenges.
Legislative Division staff are attending four congressional hearings today: the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, “FY 2014 Defense Appropriations”; the House Armed Services Committee, “FY 2014 Defense Authorization”; the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs hearing on several pieces of pending legislation; and the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, “Army Readiness.”
A team from The American Legion’s System Worth Saving (SWS) Task Force is conducting a town hall meeting in St. Cloud, Minn., on the quality of health care for women veterans at the St. Cloud VA Healthcare System.
The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at American Legion Post 254 on 415 Benton Dr. N in Sauk Rapids, Minn. It is open to all veterans in the area. Women who have served in the Armed Forces and are currently receiving health care from the VA are especially encouraged to participate.
The American Legion and U.S. Chamber of Commerce are conducting hiring fairs in Wyoming and Louisiana. The events are open to veterans seekers, active-duty military members, Guard and reserve members, and military spouses. http://www.uschamber.com/hiringourheroes/events
Legion staff will testify before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs regarding the
Improving Job Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2013 and other bills. Legion staff also will attend an HVAC hearing, “Sustaining the Sacred Trust: An Update on our National Cemeteries.”
Staff from the Legion’s Economic Division will meet with Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) to discuss education policy and legislation, as well as military credentialing, current pilot programs and continued funding for these programs.
A team from The American Legion’s System Worth Saving (SWS) Task Force is conducting a town hall meeting in Spokane, Wash., on the quality of health care for women veterans at the Spokane VA Medical Center. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 9 on 300 W. Mission Ave. in Spokane. It is open to all veterans in the area. Women who have served in the armed forces and are currently receiving health care from the VA are especially encouraged to participate.
Members of the Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Division are participating in a conference call with Department of Veterans Affairs officials to discuss the department’s construction budget, the Capital Asset for Realignment for Enhanced Services program, and the Strategic Capital Investment Process.