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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Live from Capitol Hill: AMVETS to Testify Before Senate; Meet with House Minority Leadership

Tomorrow AMVETS will deliver testimony alongside the Independent Budget partners before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and participate in a veterans' support and military support roundtable discussion with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki will sit on the first panel of the hearing, explaining the Obama Administration's budget proposal for VA in fiscal year 2012 and VA health care for 2013.

AMVETS National Legislative Director Christina Roof will then appear alongside IB partners Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars to discuss the 25th Independent Budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs--a roadmap for how Congress should fund VA, which has been developed by the nation's top veterans' organizations for a quarter century.

The hearing will commence at 10:30 a.m. in Russell Senate Room 418. To view a full list of participants and to read their prepared remarks, Click Here.

Live video should also be available on the committee's Web site at 10:30 tomorrow morning.

Roof appeared before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs two weeks ago alongside the IB partners and Secretary Shinseki, discussing how to best fund VA services in the coming fiscal year.

In the afternoon, AMVETS will also join the nation's leading veterans and military support organizations for a special roundtable discussion on issues facing today's military and veterans' communities with House minority leadership, chaired by Minority Leader Pelosi.

American Veteran will be on hand for both tomorrow's hearing and the roundtable. Check back for highlights from the day's events.

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3 comments:

  1. I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE CHRISTINA ROOF, DEPUTY LEGISTRATIVE DIRECTOR AT AMVETS. CHRISTINA HAS REALLY DONE A FINE JOB WITH A WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT VETERANS' AFFAIRS, LEGISLATION, AND PROBLEMS.
    CONGRATULATIONS CHRISTINA AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE YOU REPRESENT AMVETS ON THE HILL.

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  2. I have been trying to navigate through these organization as a female veteran who is homeless and pregnant at this time; searching for some kind of help, all I get is well we can't help you because you don't have some kind of substance abuse and since you are pregnant you don't qualify for the rest of the program we offer or we don't have that much program for women vets but if you were a male we would of been able to help. I hear of so call help for women veteran where is that who are they and what happen to women vets who are pregnant who don't fall in these obscene rules that makes it impossible to get help to those of us that don't fit the norm. I have been trying since I gotten pregnant now I am 9 months pregnant and all I still get is unfortunately we can cant help with your current situation,or there are no program out there for people like you in this situation. It looks like to me what these program are made for is not help those of us who just need a little help to get on our feet, to wait for you to loose all hope, self respect, pride, self-worth before they say well OK now we can help you since you no longer feel like a human being.

    West Palm Beach, Florida.

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