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VA VETERAN LEGISLATION UPDATES

http://www.nhc-ul.org/06012020.html  (PDF Edition with ATTACHMENTS)

— http://www.veteransresources.org/2020/06/rao-bulletin-update-01-june-2020 (PDF/HTML Editions with ATTACHMENTS)

— http://frabr245.org (PDF Edition in Word format)

— http://veteraninformationlinksasa.com/emos-rao.html (PDF & HTML Editions with ATTACHMENTS)

— http://www.veteransresources.org/rao-bulletin (past Bulletins)

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Fate of America’s Aircraft Carriers

The Navy announced in July 2014 that it plans to pay International Shipbreaking, a company in Texas, $3 million to rip the vessel apart. According to the Kitsap Sun, the sea service decided it would cost too much to turn it into a museum, and no other countries were interested in buying the 1,073-foot, 61,981-ton vessel.

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VETERAN LEGISLATION

At present 9,849 bills and resolutions containing 4,948 amendments have been introduced the United States Congress. Of those, on average only about 5% will become  law. Those outstanding must be enacted before the end of the 2013-2015 session of the 113th Congress sometime before 3 JAN 2015. To date only 163 laws, of which only a few were veteran related, have been passed by both chambers and sent to the President for signature of which he has vetoed 6. This is only 1.7% of all introduced bills being signed 2 into law. On average about 5% become law. Thus the 113th Congress is often referred to as a “Do-nothing Congress”.

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VETERAN LEGISLATION

In each chamber of Congress, four forms of legislative measures may be introduced or submitted, and acted upon. These include bills, joint resolutions, concurrent resolutions, and simple resolutions. Resolutions are not laws but rather the statements of intent or declarations that affect the operations of Congress

  •  Joint resolutions are legislative measure that requires approval by the Senate and the House and is presented to the President for his approval or disapproval, in exactly the same case as a bill.
  • Concurrent resolutions are legislative measures adopted by both houses of a bicameral legislature that lacks the force of law (is non-binding) and does not require the approval of the chief executive (president). Concurrent resolutions are typically adopted to regulate the internal affairs of the legislature that adopted it, or for other purposes where authority of law is not necessary-such as awards or recognitions
  • Simple resolutions are used to delegate official internal Congressional business.

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RAO BULLETIN

DoD Pay and Benefits Update 02 ► New Electronic Notification Policy

To reduce cost and increase efficiency, the Department of Defense (DoD) is moving away from mailing letters with update information. This means that instead of a letter, you will get email notifications when there are important changes to your DoD benefits, including TRICARE. The email will link you to milConnect, a secure DoD website, where your personal information will be posted. The initial email you receive will give you an opportunity to “opt-out” of receiving emails and continue receiving paper notifications. Those who have not provided an email address or those who opt-out of receiving email notifications will receive a postcard stating that there is a change or update to their benefit. Even if you get a postcard you will still need to go to milConnect to read the letter because specific plan or protected health information (PHI) will not be printed on the postcard.

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VETERAN LEGISLATION

US-DeptOfVeteransAffairs-Seal-15-AugIn each chamber of Congress, four forms of legislative measures may be introduced or submitted, and acted upon. These include bills, joint resolutions, concurrent resolutions, and simple resolutions. Resolutions are not laws but rather the statements of intent or declarations that affect the operations of Congress. Joint resolutions are legislative measure that requires approval by the Senate and the House and is presented to the President for his approval or disapproval, in exactly the same case as a bill. Concurrent resolutions are legislative measures adopted by both houses of a bicameral legislature that lacks the force of law (is non-binding) and does not require the approval of the chief executive (president). Concurrent resolutions are typically adopted to regulate the internal affairs of the legislature that adopted it, or for other purposes where authority of law is not necessary-such as awards or recognitions.  Simple resolutions are used to delegate official internal Congressional business.   view or download full.pdf

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RAO BULLETIN

There are two concurrent receipt programs available to Navy and Marine Corps retirees who have VA-rated disabilities.  They are the Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments (CRDP) program and the Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) program.  Retirees who receive VA disability payments have their retired pay “offset” (reduced) by the amount of VA pay.  These concurrent receipt programs “restore” some or all of that retired pay.  The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) calculate and pay monthly CRDP and CRSC compensation. It is highly recommended that you have a myPay account set up with DFAS to manage your retired pay.

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VETERAN LEGISLATION

In each chamber of Congress, four forms of legislative measures may be introduced or submitted, and acted upon. These include bills, joint resolutions, concurrent resolutions, and simple resolutions. Resolutions are not laws but rather the statements of intent or
declarations that affect the operations of Congress

  • Joint resolutions are legislative measure that requires approval by the Senate and the House and is presented to the President for his approval or disapproval, in exactly the same case as a bill.
  • Concurrent resolutions are legislative measures adopted by both houses of a bicameral legislature that lacks the force of law (is non-binding) and does not require the approval of the chief executive (president). Concurrent resolutions are typically adopted to regulate the internal affairs of the legislature that adopted it, or for other purposes where authority of law is not necessary-such as awards or recognitions
  • Simple resolutions are used to delegate official internal Congressional business.

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Acting VA Secretary Sloan D. Gibson VFW Annual Convention Remarks 22 July 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs is in the midst of its most serious crisis in more than a generation. I know that, and I know you know that.

But here’s something I want to make sure you also know: The Department of Veterans Affairs has before it perhaps its greatest opportunity to enhance care for Veterans in its history.

I’m not the only one who thinks that. Two weeks ago, I met with Dr. Harvey Fineberg, the distin guished clinician and healthcare leader who just completed 12 years as the President of the Institute of Medicine. When I commented that we could accomplish more in the next two-to-three years than we could have in two-to-three decades, he immediately interrupted and corrected me, “No! VA can accomplish things now it never could have accomplished.”

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Suicides in the military dropped by 6 percent last year, a decline that Pentagon officials hope signals a reversal in a tragic trend — but that some advocates say does not reflect the true scope of the issue in the military and veterans’ community. According to data published 22 JUL by the Defense Department, 479 service members — 259 active-duty troops, 87 Reserve members and 133 National Guard members — died by suicide in 2013, down from 319 active-duty members and 203 non-activated Reserve and Guard members in 2012. The rate per 100,000 — a measure used to compare incidence across the services and the civilian population — also dropped for the active-duty force, from 22.7 to 18.7. The civilian rate, adjusted for demographics similar to those who serve in the military, is 18.8 per 100,000, according to calculations by the Army and the National Institutes of Mental Health.

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VETERAN LEGISLATION

In each chamber of Congress, four forms of legislative measures may be introduced or submitted, and acted upon. These include bills, joint resolutions, concurrent resolutions, and simple resolutions. Resolutions are not laws but rather the statements of intent or
declarations that affect the operations of Congress

  • Joint resolutions are legislative measure that requires approval by the Senate and the House and is presented to the President for his approval or disapproval, in exactly the same case as a bill.
  • Concurrent resolutions are legislative measures adopted by both houses of a bicameral legislature that lacks the force of law (is non-binding) and does not require the approval of the chief executive (president). Concurrent resolutions are typically adopted to regulate the internal affairs of the legislature that adopted it, or for other purposes where authority of law is not necessary-such as awards or recognitions
  • Simple resolutions are used to delegate official internal Congressional business.

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RAO BULLETIN

The United States isn’t trying to build a military force of centenarians. It just seems that way after the Selective Service System mistakenly sent notices to more than 14,000 Pennsylvania men born between 1893 and 1897, ordering them to register for the nation’s military draft and warning that failure to do so is “punishable by a fine and imprisonment.” The agency realized the error when it began receiving calls from bewildered relatives last week. Chuck Huey, 73, of Kingston, said he got a notice addressed to his late grandfather Bert Huey, a World War I veteran who was born in 1894 and died in 1995 at age 100. “I said, ‘Geez, what the hell is this about?’ It said he was subject to heavy fines and imprisonment if he didn’t sign up for the draft board,” he said. “We were just totally dumbfounded.”

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Washington State Veteran’s Benefits & Discounts

The state of Washington provides veteran benefits. This section offers a brief description of each of the following benefits.

  • Veteran Housing Benefits
  • Veteran Financial Assistance Benefits
  • Other State Veteran Benefits

Washington Veteran Housing Programs

Homeless Veterans Program

WDVA provides outreach services for homeless veterans in Puget Sound. These services are designed to assist homeless veterans to become employable and reintegrated back into the labor market. Services include needs assessments, enrollments in appropriate programs, shelter and transitional housing placements, employment and training support services.

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