Information and Press Releases from The American Legion Department of Michigan headquarters in Lansing, Michigan. Contact Mark Sutton, Public Relations Director, (517)371-4720 ext 16 or email@example.com
On March 8, the House Veterans Affairs Committee sent three bills to the full House which The American Legion supports. They will be voted on later this week. Please take a moment to send the prepared e-mail to your legislators to seek their support for these bills.
H.R. 1181,the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act, introduced by Chairman Phil Roe, M.D., would prohibit the Department of Veterans Affairs from considering any beneficiary who is assisted by a fiduciary as "mentally defective" without a magistrate or judicial authority ruling that the beneficiary is a danger to themselves or others.
The American Legion has always been a stalwart defender of 2nd Amendment rights and believes it is wrong for veterans and beneficiaries who need help managing their financial affairs to lose their 2nd rights without due process. Veterans deserve the best mental healthcare available, but the threat of losing their 2nd Amendment rights is a disincentive to those who would benefit from treatment.
H.R. 1259, the VA Accountability First Act of 2017, introduced by Chairman Roe, would provide the VA Secretary increased flexibility to remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee, including Senior Executive Service employees, for performance or misconduct.
H.R. 1367, introduced by Rep. Wenstrup, would improve the authority of the VA Secretary "to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes." It would establish a recruiting database to make high-quality potential employees aware of positions at VA and create opportunities for career training and advancement for current VA employees through fellowship positions and a promotional track for technical experts.
The American Legion also supports efforts to provide the VA secretary the authority to better manage all employees, and hold them accountable when they fail to perform their duties in a manner befitting of a federal servant. Just as essential are continued efforts to address the recruitment and retention challenges at VA. We're pleased to see both of these bills move together because VA can't fire its way to excellence, but must also be given the tools to hire and retain a workforce worthy of this nation's veterans.
All Legionnaires, concerned citizens, veterans and their families are asked to contact their representatives and urge them to support this legislation.
(If received by email, scroll up and click the Take Action link, otherwise see below and send a prepared message to your representative.)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE from www.defense.gov
DoD Announces New Outreach Efforts to Veterans Regarding Discharges and Military Records
Press Operations Release No: NR-459-16 Dec. 30, 2016
The Department of Defense today announced a renewed effort to ensure veterans are aware of the opportunity to have their discharges and military records reviewed. Through enhanced public outreach, engagement with Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs), Military Service Organizations (MSOs), and other outside groups, as well as direct outreach to individual veterans, the department encourages all veterans who believe they have experienced an error or injustice to request relief from their service’s Board for Correction of Military/Naval Records (BCM/NR) or Discharge Review Board (DRB).
Additionally, all veterans, VSOs, MSOs, and other interested organizations are invited to offer feedback on their experiences with the BCM/NR or DRB processes, including how the policies and processes can be improved.
Listed below are the events I have for the next 30 days here in the Metro Detroit area, of which there are 12 new items. You can also go to the Legion 328 website to download any flyer for these future events at http://www.legionpost328.org/events.html If your group has an event benefiting veterans, or you hear of an event, please share with me so I can share with the veteran community. I would rather get an event 3 times than not at all! Please make sure any flyer lists address of event and a contact person!
Fisher House Michigan/Build It For The Brave, Inc. is a 501c3 organization formed last May to assist with the development, approval, and fundraising of the $3.5 million project for the FY18/19 construction at the VA in Ann Arbor. This facility is for the families and caregivers of our veterans receiving care at the VA. A no charge lodging facility supported by our group, the VA and Veterans Service Organizations in Michigan like you. We plan to have literature specific to our mission which we would like to have you send to all chapters, posts, and organizations in a month (mid-Jan).
Please forward this to your commanders and state officers/staff members. We would like to see State level donations as well as post/chapter projects to be developed now and over the next two to three years. More information will follow in a few weeks.
Please join us to make this a highly successful campaign for our veterans and families in need. This project should be highly promoted within all communiti…