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TN VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL TO BE DISPLAYED
AT HAMILTON PLACE MALL

National Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Day is Friday March 29th. On March 29 and 30 Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 203, will officially recognize and celebrate the day by displaying the Tennessee Vietnam Memorial Wall at Hamilton Place Mall 10:00a. to 9:00pm. On Friday at 1:00pm a small ceremony will be held in front of the Wall to honor those Vietnam Veterans who are present. From the mall corridor on the ground floor the Wall can be found in front of the JC Penny's entrance.

 

 

 

UPDATE
Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017, H.R. 299 is scheduled for mark-up by the House Veterans Affairs Committee next week

Vietnam Veterans of America Legislative Update
 
May 4, 2018
 
On May 8, 2018, the House Veterans Affairs Committee is expected to mark-up the following pending legislation before the committee. https://veterans.house.gov/
 
H.R.299 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017
Sponsor: Rep. Valadao, David G. [R-CA-21] (Introduced 01/05/2017) Cosponsors: (329)
Committees: House - Veterans' Affairs
Latest Action: House - 04/05/2017 Subcommittee Hearings Held. 
 
H.R.1972 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
VABilling Accountability Act
Sponsor: Rep. Smucker, Lloyd [R-PA-16] (Introduced 04/06/2017) Cosponsors: (47)
Committees: House - Veterans' Affairs
Latest Action: House - 09/26/2017 Subcommittee Hearings Held. 
 
H.R.2147 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act of 2017
Sponsor: Rep. Coffman, Mike [R-CO-6] (Introduced 04/26/2017) Cosponsors: (50)
Committees: House - Veterans' Affairs
Latest Action: House - 09/26/2017 Subcommittee Hearings Held. 
 
H.R.3642 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Military SAVE Act
Sponsor: Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6] (Introduced 08/04/2017) Cosponsors: (74)
Committees: House - Veterans' Affairs
Latest Action: House - 08/04/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. 
 
H.R.3832 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Veterans Opioid Abuse Prevention Act
Sponsor: Rep. Dunn, Neal P. [R-FL-2] (Introduced 09/26/2017) Cosponsors: (36)
Committees: House - Veterans' Affairs
Latest Action: House - 04/17/2018 Subcommittee Hearings Held. 
 
H.R.4245 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Veterans' Electronic Health Record Modernization Oversight Act of 2017
Sponsor: Rep. Walz, Timothy J. [D-MN-1] (Introduced 11/03/2017) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House - Veterans' Affairs
Latest Action: House - 03/07/2018 Subcommittee Hearings Held. 
 
H.R.4334 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Improving Oversight of Women Veterans' Care Act of 2017
Sponsor: Rep. Correa, J. Luis [D-CA-46] (Introduced 11/09/2017) Cosponsors: (35)
Committees: House - Veterans' Affairs
Latest Action: House - 04/17/2018 Subcommittee Hearings Held. 
 
H.R.4451 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act of 2017
Sponsor: Rep. Wenstrup, Brad R. [R-OH-2] (Introduced 11/16/2017) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Veterans' Affairs
Latest Action: House - 04/11/2018 Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee in the Nature of a Substitute (Amended) by Voice Vote . 
 
H.R.4635 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to increase the number of peer-to-peer counselors providing counseling for women veterans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Coffman, Mike [R-CO-6] (Introduced 12/13/2017) Cosponsors: (27)
Committees: House - Veterans' Affairs
Latest Action: House - 04/17/2018 Subcommittee Hearings Held. 
 
H.R.4830 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
SIT-REP Act
Sponsor: Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12] (Introduced 01/18/2018) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House - Veterans' Affairs
Latest Action: House - 04/11/2018 Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee in the Nature of a Substitute (Amended) by Voice Vote . 
 
H.R.4958 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018
Sponsor: Rep. Bost, Mike [R-IL-12] (Introduced 02/07/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Veterans' Affairs
Latest Action: House - 03/20/2018 Committee Hearings Held. 
 
H.R.5044 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act
Sponsor: Rep. Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1] (Introduced 02/15/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House - Veterans' Affairs
Latest Action: House - 04/11/2018 Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote . 
 
H.R.5215 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Veterans Affairs Purchase Card Misuse Mitigation Act
Sponsor: Rep. Bergman, Jack [R-MI-1] (Introduced 03/08/2018) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House - Veterans' Affairs
Latest Action: House - 03/08/2018 Referred to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. 
 
H.R.5418 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Veterans Affairs Medical-Surgical Purchasing Stabilization Act
Sponsor: Rep. Bergman, Jack [R-MI-1] (Introduced 03/29/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House - Veterans' Affairs
Latest Action: House - 03/29/2018 Referred to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. 
 
H.R.5520 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2018
Sponsor: Rep. Walz, Timothy J. [D-MN-1] (Introduced 04/16/2018) Cosponsors: (39)
Committees: House - Veterans' Affairs
Latest Action: House - 04/16/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. 
 
H.R.5674 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish a permanent community care program for veterans, to establish a commission for the purpose of making recommendations regarding the modernization or realignment of facilities of the Veterans Health Administration, to improve construction of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to make certain improvements in the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs relating to the home loan program of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Roe, David P. [R-TN-1] (Introduced 05/03/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House - Veterans' Affairs, Rules
Latest Action: House - 05/03/2018 Referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

 

 

 

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VVA applauds passage of H.R. 299 Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans
Act with 382-0 vote in the House

 

PRESS RELEASE
VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA

IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2018 No. 18-15
Mokie Porter
301-996-0901

VVA Applauds House Passage of Blue Water Navy Act; Calls on Senate to Follow Suit ASAP
(Washington, D.C.) -- "VVA applauds the passage of H.R. 299, The Blue Water Navy Vietnam
Veterans Act of 2018, and we call on the Senate to delay no further and pass the companion bill, S.422. For far too many years, despite the overwhelming support of House members on both sides of the aisle, Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans have been thwarted in their quest to be accorded the same service-connected healthcare and benefits as their fellow 'boots-on-the-ground Vietnam veterans,' " said John Rowan, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America.

"Now, after today's vote on H.R. 299, these 'forgotten' sailors and Marines can see the light at the end of their tunnel growing bright for the first time in a long while," said Rowan. This bill, introduced by Rep. David Valadao (R-CA), would restore eligibility for VA healthcare and disability compensation for some 90,000 Blue Water Navy veterans, ensuring that those who served in the Navy off the coast of Vietnam will receive the medical treatment and compensation due to their exposure to Agent Orange.

"We have long maintained that the service of sailors and other personnel in Yankee and Dixie Stations should be equated with the service of boots-on-the-ground troops in Vietnam," said Rowan. "Now the ball is in the Senate's court, where passage of companion legislation remains in doubt. Our nation can no longer ignore the demonstrated need of thousands of veterans who served with honor and who are suffering from the same health conditions as their in-country comrades.

"Caring for veterans is part of the continuing cost of the national defense," Rowan noted. "Regrettably, Congress has fallen down on its responsibility to these veterans and their families. Now, however, with the House in overwhelming endorsement of the Blue Water Navy Act, it's time for the Senate to follow their lead. There can be no excuse for them not to."