DAV Targets Congress in National Campaign to End Veterans Affairs Budget Delays

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U.S. Capitol rally features key congressional supporters and representatives from leading veteran service organizations

February 20, 2014 – WASHINGTON – DAV, a leading veteran service organization with over 1.2 million members, today announced Operation: Keep the Promise, a nationwide campaign to rally thousands of supporters and apply pressure on Congress to shield all of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) programs, benefits and services from Washington’s annual budget battles.

Key features of the campaign, which culminates on one day, February 25, 2014, include a rally in front of the U.S. Capitol (more details are included below) and coordinated grassroots advocacy through online applications that patch supporters by phone to their members of Congress and spread the word through social media. Ads will also be placed on the day of action in a series of publications that reach and influence Congress.

“Despite the best wishes and good intentions of many elected officials, our nation is not living up to its commitment to guarantee care for our nation’s disabled veterans. Through Operation: Keep the Promise, we urge Congress to vote on – and pass – the Putting Veterans Funding First Act, which would shield all of the VA’s programs, benefits and services from D.C.’s partisan gridlock,” said DAV National Commander Joseph W. Johnston . “Congress’ broken budget process, which is partly to blame for the massive backlog of veterans disability claims, is taking too high a toll on our nation’s veterans.”

The Putting Veterans Funding First Act (H.R. 813 and S. 932), which has already been overwhelmingly approved by the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees, would guarantee the VA receives timely funding through advance appropriations to manage disability claims processing and compensation benefits, information technology, construction, medical and prosthetic research and cemetery administration. Without such advance funding, VA officials are left to scramble not knowing when or how much they will receive to offer critical programs, benefits and services.



Congressman Mike Michaud (Maine), Senator John Boozman (Ark.), leaders from DAV, VFW and The American Legion, and hundreds of supporters



Operation: Keep the Promise rally calling for a vote on the Putting Veterans Funding First Act



Tuesday, February 25 at 12:00 Noon



The House Triangle on the House side of the Capitol’s East Front



Charity Edgar (DAV) 202-314-5221, CEdgar@davmail.org


About DAV

DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. DAV does this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a non-profit organization with 1.2 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. Learn more at www.dav.org.