Magazine article VFW Magazine

VFW's Priority Goals

Magazine article VFW Magazine

VFW's Priority Goals

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Listed below are VFW's official positions on national veterans issues for 2006-07. They are based on national convention resolutions and rated as priorities by their respective committees.

LEGISLATIVE

VA BUDGET

* Ensure full, timely funding for VA health care to meet the growing demand for services, particularly as more vets return from overseas.

* Establish a new funding mechanism that matches demand and arrives on time, unimpeded by political conflict.

VA BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION

* Ensure the VA disability compensation program is preserved in its current form to protect the needs of current and future veterans.

* Oppose any change to current definitions of "line of duty" or "programs for disability and survivors benefits."

* Oppose fee-for-service attorneys at the initial level of claims processing.

EDUCATION

* Secure authority and full funding for a GI Bill for the 21st century that covers the full costs of tuition, fees and living expenses for attendance at any educational institution for which the veteran is eligible.

MILITARY RETIREES

* Ensure that Congress enacts legislation that authorizes and fully funds a law that allows all disabled military retirees to receive their full military retirement pay and full disability compensation without offset.

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT

* Oppose attempts to reduce or circumvent veterans preference in government hiring.

* Support an effective and efficient Veterans Employment and Training Service.

* Urge national standardization of licensing and certification.

* Support programs that ensure National Guard and Reserve members and their families have access to education and training to provide opportunities in the occupations of their choice.

* Support reauthorization and full funding for the Service Members Occupational Conversion and Training Act.

* Support expansion of the Defense Department's Pre-separation Counseling and the Labor Department's Transition Assistance Program. …

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