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Dennis Werlein was one of those veterans who went to Washington, D.C. in 1978 to organize a veteran’s organization that would become Vietnam Veterans of America.  Dennis was a dedicated activist and supporter of veteran’s rights, the cornerstone of our VVA Chapter and a friend who will be greatly missed.  He never met a veteran he didn’t consider a brother.  Thank you to those who offered Dennis’ family their condolences at his passing.  A Legacy Stone has will be laid September 21st at The HighGround, Neillsville, Wisconsin honoring Dennis..

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Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017, H.R. 299 is scheduled for mark-up by the House Veterans Affairs Committee next week (i.e., week of May 7, 2018).  VVA Legislative Update.

Caregivers expansion benefits for post- 911 veterans included in bill introduced by the House Committee on Veterans Affairs today 

House Committee on Veterans Affairs

Roe Introduces Legislation to Reflect Bipartisan, Bicameral Agreement Reached Last Month

Washington, May 3, 2018 | Tiffany Haverly (202-225-3527)

Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, introduced legislation based on the agreement he proposed including in the omnibus spending package last month.

H.R. 5674, the Department of Veterans Affairs Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks, or VA MISSION Act, includes three pieces of legislation that have been considered by either the House or Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs. The bill would streamline the department’s duplicative community care programs into one cohesive program; create a non-partisan process for reviewing VA’s assets to ensure veterans can access the care they have earned and expand the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Post-9/11 Caregiver Program to all eras. These reforms are supported by major Veterans Service Organizations. The bill also includes funding for the Choice Program that is expected to last until the new program authorized under the VA MISSION Act is implemented. In April, Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie informed Congress that the current account would run out of funds in early to mid-June, ending the Choice Program and potentially creating another access to care crisis. 

Roe released the following statement:

“Today, I am introducing legislation that will ensure veterans have timely access to the care they have earned. These three important policies represent the pillars of a bipartisan, bicameral agreement reached last month, and I’d like to again thank Senators Isakson and Tester for their work and leadership on this package. This legislation must be passed, and if Congress fails to act veterans will pay for that failure. The VA MISSION Act is appropriately named, as it will put the department back on track to fulfilling President Lincoln’s promise to care for the men and women who have borne the battle. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to move this important package through the legislative process and to the president’s desk.”

Note: The committee is expected to consider this legislation at the markup on May 8, 2018. The bill broadly includes the Senate’s language on community care and caregivers and the House’s language on asset review, though the language has been changed slightly to address member concerns. The package also includes $5.2 billion to address the current funding shortfall in the Choice Program and fund the program until the new program is implemented next year. Additionally, the bill contains a number of provisions that would strengthen VA's internal capacity to provide timely, quality care to veteran patients within VA medical facilities by improving and expanding VA's ability to train, recruit and retain the very best providers.

You can read more about the legislation here. Click here for the bill text. 


What to do if you believe you, your spouse, your child(ren), or grandchild(ren) may have been effected by toxic exposure from your military service.  First, contact a Veteran Service Officer (VSO).  Throughout Wisconsin Veterans have access to County Veteran Service Officers (CVSO) and Tribal Veteran Service Officers (TVSO).  You can locate a CVSO or TVSO in your county by clicking here.  You can also seek out a VSO throughout the U.S. by clicking here.

Information on the effects of agent orange, toxic exposure, and dioxin exposure is available at VVA’s Faces of Agent Orange and the VVA Committee on Agent Orange.  Also, check VAantage Point, specifically “10 Things Every Veteran Should Know About Agent Orange” and the website “Agent Orange Record.”

Discover what VVA WSC is doing on Agent Orange and Dioxins by clicking here.

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