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  • Interim Report on Federal Government’s Veteran’s Employment Initiative Syracuse University issued an interim report about the Federal Government’s Veteran’s Employment Initiative (VEI) in January 2017.
  • House Subcommittee Reviews VA Retention Problems The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Health recently held a hearing to address how best to recruit and retain a highly-qualified clinical workforce to treat veterans who have complicated health care needs.
  • Pass FY 2017 Defense Budget Now! Most of the federal government is currently being funded by a Continuing Resolution (CR), which was signed by President Barack Obama on December 10, 2016.
  • Future of Arlington Cemetery According to estimates from the Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery, the cemetery will run out of burial space by 2050. The Advisory Committee, established October 2010, is tasked with providing independent advice for extending the availability of Arlington National Cemetery (ANC).
  • Coast Guard Misses Out on Funding Boost for Defense It has been reported that the Trump Administration will substantially increase the Armed Services (Navy, Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force) spending by nine percent in their soon-to-be-released FY 2018 budget request.
  • Activated Reservists Should Receive Benefits During Deployment Many Reserve Component members (National Guard and Reservists) who have been activated since 2013 may not realize that they are no longer eligible for certain benefits.
  • Legislation Creating Vietnam Veterans Day Signed Into Law President Donald Trump recently signed legislation into law.
  • VA Budget Reviewed by Subcommittee The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and related agencies held a hearing to discuss the VA’s FY 2018 budget and advance appropriations for fiscal year 2019. The Trump Administration’s FY 2018 request will not be released until May 2017.
  • 100 Year Anniversary for U.S. Entering World War I This week marks the 100 year anniversary of the United States entering World War I. The war started almost three years earlier and has been known as the “Great War” and “the War to End All Wars.”
  • Navy Reserve Sailor of the Year 2016 FRA participated with the 16th annual Navy Reserve Sailor of the Year Recognition Ceremony held at the Navy Memorial in Washington, DC
  • HVAC Reviews VA Crisis Line The House Committee on Veterans Affairs recently held an oversight hearing about the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) VA Crisis Line.
  • VA Choice Bill Approved and Sent to President to Be Signed Into Law Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Senator Jon Tester (Mont.) introduced legislation (S.544) that has recently passed the Senate and House.
  • House Subcommittee Reviews Agent Orange Blue Water Navy Bill The House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs held a hearing this week on several legislative proposals that include the “Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act” (H.R. 299), sponsored by Rep. David Valadao (Calif.).
  • Bill Introduced to Improve VA Programs for Women Veterans Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Senator Jon Tester (Mont.) and Senator John Boozman (Ariz.) recently introduced the "Deborah Sampson Act" (S. 681) which seeks to improve and expand the VA's programs and services for women veterans.
  • Bill Introduced to Overhaul VA Appeals Process Senator Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) introduced the "Department of Veterans Appeals Modernization Act" (S. 712) to overhaul the broken appeals process at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
  • FRA NED Meets with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi FRA's National Executive Director, Thomas Snee, along with representatives from other military and veteran service organizations, met with Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), House Veterans' Affairs Committee Ranking Member Rep. Tim Walz (Minn.) and other Democratic legislators to discuss women veteran's issues.
  • NP Testifies Before House and Senate Veterans' Committees FRA National President Donald Larson testified before a joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees this week.
  • New TRICARE Contract Delayed During a recent meeting of the Military Health System (MHS) MSO/VSO Executive Council, attended by FRA National Executive Director Thomas Snee, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) announced the transition to the new TRICARE contract will be delayed from October 1, 2017, to January 1, 2018.
  • House Subcommittees Review Impact of Sequestration House Armed Services Subcommittees held hearings for the past two weeks on the consequences the Budget Control Act (BCA) that mandates across-the-board cuts (known as Sequestration) on the military.
  • Houses Passes VA Legislation The House of Representatives recently passed three bills that impact veterans.

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