The American Legion in Washington is hosting a meeting with the Office of the Secretary of the Army Senate Liaison Division. The division’s chief, deputy and five liaison officers will be briefed on the Legion’s legislative priorities, programs and activities by the Legion’s Legislative director and staff, Economic director, director of Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, and acting director of National Security/Foreign Relations.
Economic Division staffers Mark Walker and Denise Williams are giving a webcast “Military Student Day” presentation today. Their talk concerns American Legion programs available to veterans and their families. It is being broadcast to over 60 U.S. colleges and universities by an organization called CollegeWeekLive (http://www.collegeweeklive.com/).
Tim Tetz and Ian de Planque of the Legion’s Legislative Division are monitoring a Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing on VA mental health care. The senators are concerned with the access to such care and the wait times experienced by veterans seeking it.
Shaun Rieley of the Legion’s Legislative Division is attending a House Education and the Workforce Committee (HEW) subcommittee hearing titled “Keeping College within Reach: Discussing Ways Institutions Can Streamline Costs and Reduce Tuition.” The Legion is concerned with the how the high cost of higher education impacts veterans receiving GI Bill benefits.
It’s Day 2 of the Legion’s Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Division is conducting a women veterans focus group. The focus group is the second part of The American Legion’s Women Veterans Survey that was launched Jan. 5. The Legion is conducting the focus group in effort to further improve its delivery of women veterans’ benefits, programs and services.
Legion staff and volunteers are in the midst of System Worth Saving site visits in Missouri. The the focus being on rural health care. A roundtable discussion on the topic – open to the public – is scheduled at The American Legion Post 21 in Independence at 6:00 p.m. today. Area veterans are encouraged to participate.
Meanwhile, House Veterans Affairs subcommittee members are conducting a follow-up hearing on the VA’s Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) certification process in which the Legislative Division’s Shaun Rieley has submitted written testimony.