Operation: Keep the Promise (OKTP) is a yearlong effort to mobilize DAV and supporters behind our legislative agenda. In 2015, we will strongly focus on two specific areas that have both the urgency and the momentum to bring about real, substantial change this year: caregivers and women veterans.
Last year, we focused our efforts on enactment of advance appropriations. We succeeded—this legislative provision was eventually signed into law as part of the year-end federal spending bill.
Help us enact change again this year by lending your voice to our campaign.
“Veterans, men and women alike, stand in harm’s way each and every day to protect our freedom. They, their spouses, and their children sacrifice so we may remain safe. It’s for these heroes – when they return injured and ill – that we ask Congress, and the American people, to keep the promise to our nation’s veterans and their families.”
- Ron Hope, DAV National Commander
Caregivers are one of the most valuable resources for our nation’s ill and injured veterans. These men and women dutifully perform the day-to-day caregiving tasks that save the VA both money and other resources, yet many veterans are ineligible for comprehensive caregiver support programs and services because of the dates during which they served.
Veterans from wars prior to September 11, 2001 do not have full access to the VA’s Comprehensive Caregiver Support Program. As these veterans become older and their conditions potentially worsen, DAV believes family caregivers of these severely disabled veterans should be allowed to receive the same comprehensive support to address fully the burdens and strains of caregiving. We need Congress to pass legislation to extend the caregiver program to veterans of all eras.
DAV’s extensive study Women Veterans: The Long Journey Home uncovered gaps in health care, transition services, disability compensation, employment and housing for the nation’s nearly 2.4 million women veterans.
The number of women veterans continues to steadily rise, and the VA has fallen behind in providing the unique, gender-specific care required by this growing population. In our report, DAV cites 27 specific policy recommendations to help improve the care, services and programs provided to women veterans. We need Congress to pass legislation to ensure that women veterans have equal access to all veterans benefits and services.