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AVVA 2021 Project Friendship

AVVA’S 2021 Project Friendship has opened up for donations! This is our annual big project that VVA always partners with us for, and we have always been able to be so successful. This year, we have chosen the Combat Female Veterans Family United as our recipient. Based in Greensboro, N.C., it’s a wonderful organization. Please use the link below to go to avva.org, and read our flyer to learn more, and make your donation. Our goal this year is to best ourselves, and raise $17,000.
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VVA National Convention

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Memorial Day Events

Know of any events, memorials, or things happening in your area in honor of Memorial Day? Please fill out our form to have your listing included on vva.org. 

 


Mammoth Toxic Exposure Push in Congress

As reported May 5 by Steve Beynon for Military.com, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) is aiming for a seismic move to open up care and disability to a half-century worth of veterans sickened by toxic exposure, in what could be one of the largest healthcare efforts on Capitol Hill in years. The House is looking at 15 bills, ranging from incremental improvements to help veterans navigate bureaucracy at the VA to expanding healthcare to those exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, radiation, and other toxic environments. Takano said the bills “offer a blueprint” for a legislative package.
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Veterans legislation introduced in the 117th Congress

H.R.1273 – 117th Congress (2021-2022) To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to study and report on the prevalence of cholangiocarcinoma in veterans who served in the Vietnam theater of operations during the Vietnam era, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Zeldin, Lee M. [R-NY-1] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (5Committees: House – Veterans’ Affairs Latest Action: House – 02/23/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

S.657 – 117th Congress (2021-2022) A bill to modify the presumption of service connection for veterans who were exposed to herbicide agents while serving in the Armed Forces in Thailand during the Vietnam era, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen. Boozman, John [R-AR] (Introduced 03/10/2021) Cosponsors: (7Committees: Senate – Veterans’ Affairs Latest Action: Senate – 03/10/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

H.R.1972 – 117th Congress (2021-2022) To amend title 38, United States Code, to expand the list of diseases associated with exposure to certain herbicide agents for which there is a presumption of service connection for veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam to include hypertension, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Harder, Josh [D-CA-10] (Introduced 03/17/2021) Cosponsors: (1Committees: House – Veterans’ Affairs Latest Action: House – 03/17/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

S.810 – 117th Congress (2021-2022) A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to expand the list of diseases associated with exposure to certain herbicide agents for which there is a presumption of service connection for veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam to include hypertension, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT] (Introduced 03/17/2021) Cosponsors: (18Committees: Senate – Veterans’ Affairs Latest Action: Senate – 03/17/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

H.R.234 – 117th Congress (2021-2022) Korean American VALOR Act Sponsor: Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41] (Introduced 01/06/2021) Cosponsors: (0Committees: House – Veterans’ Affairs Latest Action: House – 02/17/2021 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

H.R.342 – 117th Congress (2021-2022) PFC Garfield M. Langhorn Memorial Semipostal Stamp to Benefit our Veterans Act of 2021 Sponsor:Rep. Zeldin, Lee M. [R-NY-1] (Introduced 01/15/2021) Cosponsors: (3Committees: House – Oversight and Reform; Veterans’ Affairs Latest Action: House – 03/08/2021 Referred to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

H.Con.Res.13 – 117th Congress (2021-2022) Recognizing the difficult challenges Black veterans faced when returning home after serving in the Armed Forces, their heroic military sacrifices, and their patriotism in fighting for equal rights and for the dignity of a people and a Nation. Sponsor: Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3] (Introduced 02/01/2021) Cosponsors: (53Committees: House – Veterans’ Affairs Latest Action: House – 02/01/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

H.Res.49 – 117th Congress (2021-2022) Expressing the sense of the Congress that a commemorative postage stamp series should be issued honoring women veterans, and that the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee should recommend to the Postmaster General that such a stamp series be issued. Sponsor:Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26] (Introduced 01/19/2021) Cosponsors: (12Committees: House – Oversight and Reform Latest Action: House – 01/19/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform