D.C. Legion staff are attending the International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma presented by The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. The purpose of the symposium is to cover many topics relating to mesothelioma, from scientific panels to community conversations, and educate and advocate for increased federal funding of mesothelioma.
Staff from the Legion’s Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Division are meeting with Annie Spiczak, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ assistant deputy under secretary for Health for Workforce Services. The topic: Spiczak’s biggest achievements and goals, how The American Legion can assist her, and what is in store for the future of VHA’s Workforce Services. Spiczak is responsible for advancing the Veterans Health Administration’s strategic position on state-of-the-art health-care delivery and clinical workforce management in the U.S.
American Legion staff will have a presence at three congressional hearings. The first, “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Veterans,” will focus on job opportunities resulting from the construction of the Keystone Pipeline.
The second is the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Oversight hearing on quality of life issues in the military.
Staff from the Legion’s Veterans Employment & Education Division is meeting with both majority and minority staff from the House Ways and Means Committee to stop efforts tp repeal the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.
Legion staff is attending a Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus briefing on the Departments of Labor and Defense veteran licensing and credentialing programs. Representatives from both departments will be there to brief VSOs and other organizations, and answer questions.
National Commander Daniel Dellinger will address a joint session of the South Carolina legislature to highlight issues of importance to military veterans and their families. He will also present awards on behalf of The American Legion Department of South Carolina to the outstanding legislators of the year for 2014.
Dean Stoline, the Legion’s Legislative Division deputy director, is attending a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing: “Defense Authorization: Overview” The committee will receive testimony in review of the Defense Authorization request for fiscal 2015 and the Future Years Defense Program.
Steve Gonzalez of the Legion’s Veterans Employment & Education Division is addressing the Association for Testing Publishers (ATP) conference. Gonzalez will address credentialing issues for veterans, barriers, solutions, and what does the future holds in credentialing for military and veterans alike.