This week at American Veteran we will highlight this week's hearing in the House VA Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, discussing the VA's Office of the General Counsel and the hearing before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, where AMVETS' Independent Budget partners will testify on the VA claims process and current efforts by VA to streamline the system.
This week, AMVETS Deputy Legislative Director Christina Roof will be out in force on Capitol Hill, bringing together signatories from the Senate on a letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki asking for clarification on the veterans' assistance dog study authorized under the 2010 defense appropriations.
Similar to Roof's letter which had 14 signatories in the House, the Senate version also asks for clarification on VA's outreach efforts on current assistance dog benefits, which were unexpectedly stalled last month.
We will also discuss recent changes VA has made to the claims paperwork for veterans seeking service-connected compensation. VA recently released a 10 page version of the VA form 21-526, allowing first time claims applicants to use the more streamlined version.
We will also continue to follow the command transition in Afghanistan, as the Senate considers Gen. David Petraeus to replaces Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who resigned last week.
We will also post an update on the 2010 AMVETS Symposium for 21st Century Veterans, taking place this summer in Louisville prior to the 66th annual AMVETS National Convention. A quick reminder that the deadline for registering participants is close-of-business on Friday, July 2.
Finally, we are laying out the summer issue of American Veteran magazine in an effort to ensure that the issue is in your hands prior to the national convention in August. If you have letters to the editor, photos and stories that you would like to share for consideration in our letters section or Keeping Posted, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. The final deadline in Friday, July 2.
And, as always, please leave your comments on this blog and let us know what you think.