This week Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance is highlighting the following bill for
OPPOSE ON POPVOX
H.R. 4078: Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act of 2012
To provide that no agency may take any significant regulatory action until the unemployment rate is equal to or less than 6.0 percent.
PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE OPPOSING THIS BILL FOR THE FOLLOWING REASON
Compensation for veterans. Agent Orange left many returning soldiers returning from Vietnam with lifelong debilitating illnesses. In 2010, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expanded the list of ailments58 attributable to Agent Orange and for which veterans could receive benefits. The VA also decided that it should create a schedule of back benefits for Vietnam veterans still suffering from these newly added diseases and for widows of sufferers. More than 85,000 Vietnam vets and their families will be eligible for these benefits.59 The rule written by the VA will give retroactive payments to sufferers of these newly added diseases and will allow 69,957 previously denied living veterans to receive payments that will greatly improve their living conditions. This is a significant regulatory action that would have been caught in the Regulatory Freeze net.
Please use the form link below to sent your email letter
directly to your State Representative
58 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans’ Diseases Associated with Agent Orange. Retrieved 23 February, 2012, from: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/diseases.asp
59 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (31 August 2010). Diseases Associated with Exposure to Certain Herbicide Agents. Federal Register. Retrieved 23 February, 2012, from: http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2010/08/31/2010-21556/diseases-associated-with-exposure-to-certain-herbicide-agents-hairy-cell-leukemia-and-other-chronic#p-81
How POPVOX Works
All Legislation Endorsed and/or Opposed Has Been Approved and Reviewed by Kelly L. Derricks
Please view our POPVOX Legislative Agenda for all updated information
Kelly will also be endorsing and opposing legislation that will affect our veterans and their families, as well as areas regarding health, environment, agriculture, education.
It has never been easier to write your State Representative and share your position on current legislation. C.O.V.V.H.A. has been making it even easier for members, fans and followers!! The days of getting your pens and papers out to send your letters are over!!!
Each week Kelly highlights a bill on behalf of Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance that has been endorsed and/or opposed after careful review.
An “action page” link, that she has set up for each specific bill, takes you directly to the specific legislation as well as an area for your Name, Zip Code, and YOUR VOTE!!
That’s it!!! You hit enter and your information is sent directly to your State Representative in letter form which you will receive a copy of via email.
Your VOICE does count, PLEASE, use it!!!
Kelly L. Derricks
Director of Operations & Legislative Affairs