Members of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees are hearing presentations from eight veterans and military service organizations today. The VSOs and MSOs are outlining their legislative priorities for the coming year. Legion staffers are monitoring the session. National Commander Jimmie Foster made the Legion’s presentation to the joint committee last September.
The Legion is monitoring a hearing by the Senate Appropriations Committee as its members consider the U.S. Navy’s budget request for the next fiscal year. Meanwhile, the House appropriations Committee is scrutinizing the Department of Veterans Affairs fiscal 2012 budget request with the Legion looking on.
Legion staff are attending the second of two House Armed Services subcommittee hearings on the topic of the Military Health System and Defense Health Program Cost Efficiencies. Today’s focus will be from the health care beneficiaries’ perspective. Representatives from a number of military service organizations will testify.
Legion representatives are attending the first of two House Armed Services subcommittee hearings on Military Health System and Defense Health Program Cost Efficiencies. The panel will hear testimony from senior Pentagon officials from each of the service branches.
Legion staff making final preparations for a March 22 press conference at the National Press Club in Washington to announce the results of The American Legion Women Veterans Survey, conducted online in January. Nearly 3,000 women veterans responded to the survey, which focused on VA and private practitioner health-care issues.
Legislative Director Tim Tetz and other Legion staff are attending a joint session of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees as their members consider the legislative presentations of fellow veterans service organizations. The American Legion’s congressional presentation was made by National Commander Jimmie Foster last September.
The Legion System Worth Saving Task Force begins a two-day tour of the VA medical center in Gainesville, Fla. Legion inspectors will examine the facility’s physical plant and medical treatment areas, and interview its administrators and staff to determine the level of care being offered to its patients.
“System Worth Saving” task force members, including Past National Commander Ron Conley, will be assessing the facilities and operations of the VA Caribbean Healthcare System. The system provides care for 150,000 veterans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It has just begun a $47.5 million renovation and expansion of its outpatient-clinic building in San Juan, Puerto Rico.