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 2007 08. They are based on national convention resolutions and rated as priorities by their respective committees.

LEGISLATIVE

VA BUDGET

* Ensure a sufficient VA budget that properly fills the health care demands of all veterans, especially those accessing their benefits for the first time.

* Establish a funding mechanism that guarantees a full, timely and predictable funding stream for veterans health care annually.

* Ensure that the unique health care and benefits needs of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans are met.

* Ensure more funding for research on traumatic brain injury, and improved access to care for veterans suffering from mental illness.

VA BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION

* Reduce VA's backlog of pending claims.

* Ensure VA's disability compensation program is fully funded and preserved in its current form.

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

EDUCATION

* Secure a comprehensive GI Bill for the 21st century that covers the total cost of tuition, books, fees and living expenses for attendance at any educational institution.

* Support legislation that invests in the future of the nation's veterans.

MILITARY QUALITY OF LIFE

* Ensure that active-duty, National Guard and Reserve troops receive increased pay, affordable health care, and adequate housing and work facilities for themselves and their families.

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT

* Ensure that provisions of the Uniformed Service Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA) are strictly enforced.

* Support the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to educate employers on the importance of hiring National Guard and Reserve troops and the employer's responsibilities as mandated by USERRA.

* Urge Congress to re-enact the Service Members Occupational Conversion and Training Act (P. …

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