Magazine article VFW Magazine

Transition Assistance Commission Begins Work

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Transition Assistance Commission Begins Work

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How well does the government help armed forces personnel and their families return to civilian life? That is the question the Commission on Servicemembers and Veterans Transition Assistance will answer over the next year.

The commission met for the first time on Feb. 26 and, according to Public Law 104-275, is to submit a report outlining its activities, findings and recommendations within 18 months of that date, or by August 1998. The report will be sent to the Senate Veterans Affairs and Armed Services committees, the House Veterans Affairs and National Security committees, and the secretaries of defense, labor and VA.

The 12-member commission is composed of individuals with backgrounds in military and veterans affairs. They elected as chairman Anthony Principi, a former deputy secretary at VA and presently a practicing attorney. Kim Wincup, a former assistant secretary for the Air Force and the Army and current vice president for corporate development at Science Application International Corporation, was elected vice chairman.

This commission's job is to provide us with an independent analysis on how well the package of programs and benefits is doing the job," said Rep. Bob Stump (RAriz.), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. "I am confident its members can meet the challenge."

VFW staff members plan to watch the commission closely

"We will track the commission's progress to make sure it accomplishes its mandate;' said Sid Daniels, VFW's director of Veterans Employment. …

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