Educating candidates, lawmakers on top DAV priorities

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DAV introduced its Vision for Veterans priorities list ahead of the 2020 elections to help presidential and congressional candidates, as well as current lawmakers, understand the critical challenges facing the veteran community.

The list establishes seven priorities that reflect both the most urgent needs of veterans and the issues that will have serious, long-lasting impacts on those who served. The document includes informative issue briefs and recommendations for a path forward through policy and systematic reforms that will:


  • Protect and strengthen benefits for ill, injured and disabled veterans.
  • Ensure timely and accurate delivery of all earned veterans benefits.
  • Sustain a comprehensive, high-quality veterans health care system.
  • Improve veterans mental health care and suicide prevention efforts.
  • Provide equitable benefits and services for women and minority veterans.
  • Expand support for families and survivors of disabled veterans.
  • Enhance veterans transition, employment and economic empowerment.

“In the years to come, lawmakers will face major decisions about the future for our nation’s veterans, and we have to be clear about the importance of the policies they’ll put in place to ensure the men and women who served receive the care and benefits they’ve earned,” said National Commander Butch Whitehead. “Vision for Veterans offers a roadmap for every candidate seeking federal office, and all those currently in office, to guide their decision-making process with the best interest of our nation’s heroes in mind.”

Throughout 2020, DAV will be reaching out to candidates for the House, the Senate and the presidency to share its vision of what the future for America’s veterans should look like. View the full Vision for Veterans list at