VFW Legislative Alert: Urge Senate to Pass S. 1982 – Comprehensive Veterans’ and Health Benefits Package Today!
Background: S. 1982, the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014 is the most comprehensive veterans’ legislation to be introduced in decades. It addresses many of the VFW’s legislative priority goals, but remains stalled in the Senate.
While Congress is on recess, we ask all of our members and advocates to once again take action by sending a letter, calling or attending a town hall meeting with your Senators. Ask them to support and pass this sweeping legislation when they return to Washington.
If signed into law, the bill would expand and improve health care and benefit services to all generations of veterans and their families. Most notably, it would expand the current caregiver law to include all generations of veterans; offer in-state tuition protection for recently-transitioned veterans; reauthorize the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP); improve access to mental health and treatment for victims of sexual assault in the military; and authorize construction of more than 20 Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC’s) to serve veterans in their communities.
Action Needed: Send a letter, call or meet with your Senators – urge them to support and pass S. 1982, the Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014. Tell them that this historic legislation will provide vital services to all generations of veterans and their families. Remind them we are a nation still at war, and veterans are still in need of the critical services this legislation will provide.
For contact information, to include State office locations and DC phone numbers, visit our website – www.vfw.org and click on Action Corps – Get to Know Your Elected Officials.
To email your Senators, use the sample letter provided.