The official blog of American Veteran Magazine, the national quarterly publication of AMVETS.

Monday, September 21, 2009

This Week at American Veteran

This week at American Veteran, we will continue to follow implementation of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. AMVETS and American Veteran Online have received dozens of notes from veterans affected by the G.I. Bill delays around the country. AMVETS leaders will continue to discuss ways to remedy the situation with VA officials this week.

Last week, AMVETS National Service Director Denny Boller sent an "All Hands" message to AMVETS National Service Officers stationed around the country looking for veterans facing financial hardship as a result of the new G.I. Bill delays, sparking AMVETS to take action.

VA recently sent a letter to institutions of higher learning urging campus administrators to work with their student-veterans while payments continue to be processed. However, this letter does not serve as viable stop-gap measure for veterans with other expenses such as rent, groceries, mortages, and utilities.

AMVETS National Programs Department is investigating ways to ensure that veterans can make ends meet in the interim. Check back regularly with American Veteran Online for updates.

Also this week, American Veteran will be following several key hearings and round table discussions in the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. Tomorrow, the committee will discuss the pharmaceutical needs of veterans enrolled in the VA health care system. On Wednesday, they will discuss the VA's bonus award process, which recently came under fire in an OIG report.

Thursday will be the busiest day for the committee and AMVETS when more than a dozen pieces of veterans' legislation will be up for discussion in committee.

To view a listing of the hearings on the committee's Web site, Click Here. Be sure to check back with American Veteran Online before each hearing for more updates.

Finally, the fall issue of American Veteran magazine will go to the printer this week. We appreciate all who submitted content for the upcoming issue's "Keeping Posted" section.

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