FRA Meets with House Minority Leader
FRA's Director of Legislative
Programs John Davis and representatives from 24 other military and
veterans' organization participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.). The meeting focused on the
impact of sequestration, proposed increases in TRICARE fees for all
retirees, access to mental health treatment, and employment concerns for
veterans, Reservists, and military spouses.
FRA specifically asked
lawmakers to exclude DoD from sequestration and enact legislation (H.R.
812, H.R. 3612) that would amend VA policies that limit the ability of
"Blue Water" veterans to file for disability benefits for health
concerns resulting from Agent Orange exposure while they served off the
coast of Vietnam.
Eighteen other lawmakers
attended the event including House Minority Whip Rep. Stenny Hoyer
(Md.), ranking members of the
House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Rep. Susan Davis
(Calif); the House Military
Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee Rep.
Sanford Bishop (Ga.); and House Budget Committee Chris Van Hollen