The Legislative Division is attending a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing entitled “Steps Needed for a Successful 2014 Transition in Afghanistan.” With the death of bin Laden and successes by the Afghanistan government and military, pressures will mount to change the role and mission of the United States within Afghanistan.
Staff of The American Legion Boys Nation and American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation programs are meeting to coordinate plans and procedures for making Congressional appointments for delegates during their programs this summer.
Jacob B. Gadd, deputy director for Healthcare, is attending an Easter Seals press conference in Silver Spring, Md. Easter Seals has partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs and has developed national training for VA’s caregiver program.
Attending NEC meetings, hearing reports from Americanism, National Convention, Veterans Affairs & Rehabilation, Foreign Relations, Children & Youth, Economic, Internal Affairs and National Security commissions.
Members of the Legion’s National Security/Foreign Relations Division are meeting with the White House national security staff. The Legion is urging the Obama administration to reopen negotiations with North Korea with regard to its POW/MIA accounting procedures. Cooperative talks between the U.S. and North Korea on this issue were suspended in May, 2005.
Legion Economic Division staff are attending a Department of Labor briefing on its VETS (Veterans Employment and Training Service) program. The program offers employment and training services to eligible veterans through a non-competitive Jobs for Veterans State Grants Program.
Jacob Gadd, deputy director for Healthcare, is participating in a conference call with the Government Accountability Office on barriers that may hinder veterans from seeking mental health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs and efforts VA has in place to address barriers.
Denise Williams, assistant director for Health Policy is attending the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans. The purpose of the committee is to review the post-war readjustment needs of combat veterans and evaluate the availability and effectiveness of VA programs to meet these needs.
A Legion “System Worth Saving” task force is visiting the Department of Veterans Affairs' Salt Lake City Health Care System this week. The VA Salt Lake City Health Care System maintains 11 health-care clinics in Utah and neighboring Nevada and Idaho.