May 2014 Legislative Update

DAV Legislative Webinars

In April, the DAV Legislative team hosted its first webinar of 2014, with Assistant National Legislative Director Paul Varela discussing the “Importance of DAV Resolutions.”

For those who missed the live webinar, the content can be viewed in its entirety at https://dav.wistia.com/medias/qv6w20z2wn.

The next Legislative Department webinar is slated for June, with additional sessions planned for September and November. Official topics will be announced at a later date.

 

2015 Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill Awaits Senate

The House of Representatives approved the fiscal year 2015 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill (H.R. 4486), which has been referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Highlights of the bill are a 5.4 percent increase (yielding $3.9 billion) in the VA’s information technology services, and $56 billion (an increase of $1.4 billion) in funding for medical care.

The bill also includes $403 million to enhance primary care for women veterans and $589.9 million for medical and prosthetic research (of which, a 3 percent carve out specified for women veterans prosthetic research).

Additionally, the bill calls for a nearly $50 million increase in funding for the operating expenses of the Veterans Benefits Administration, with a focus helping veterans gain suitable employment.

 

Caregivers Encouraged to Share Experiences at DAV website

As DAV continues the push to expand eligibility and improve the VA Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers Program, the Legislative team in Washington will soon begin collecting feedback from caregivers of both pre-9/11 and post-9/11 veterans.

The survey link will be sent in May to encourage caregivers to share their stories about the program’s benefits if they receive them, or to explain how those benefits would be helpful if they were eligible.