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VA COALITION AUGUST 2014 MEETING

 

 

 

The VA Coalition will hold it’s monthly meeting for AUGUST on:  THURSDAY, 28TH 2014 at the South Regional Library Branch located off Johnston St. in Lafayette @ 7:00pm.

Meetings last 60-90 minutes.

During our meeting we will have an update on the future of the CBOC, discuss the recently passed bill, and hear from guest speakers Congressman Charles Boustany, and Alexandria VA Medical Center Director, Martin “Marty” Traxlar.

All public is invited and urged to attend.

Please note that these meetings are not only limited to Veterans but all concerned for the healthcare of Veterans. These meetings are very beneficial to Veterans, their families, friends, etc.

Hope to see you there 

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VA COALITION OCTOBER 2014 MEETING

UPCOMING VA COALITION MEETING: OCTOBER 2014

The VA Coalition will hold it’s monthly meeting for OCTOBER on:
THURSDAY, 23 OCTOBER 2014 at the South Regional Branch Library ( located off Johnston St.) in Lafayette at 7:00pm.

During this month’s meeting we will have an update on the future of our CBOC. In addition our guest speaker will be Senator David Vitter.

Meetings last 60-90 minutes.

Please note that these meetings are not only limited to Veterans but all concerned for the healthcare of Veterans. These meetings are very beneficial to Veterans, their families, friends, etc.

Hope to see you there

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VA COALITION SEPTEMBER 2014 MEETING

 

The VA Coalition will hold it’s monthly meeting for September on:
 THURSDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER 2014 @ 7:00PM at the South Regional Branch Library 
(located off Johnston Street) in Lafayette.

Meetings last 60-90 minutes.

During this meeting we will have an update on the future our CBOC, and a medical presentation given by an area doctor.

Please make all efforts to attend and bring a friend and fellow Veteran.

Please note that these meetings are not only limited to Veterans but all concerned for the healthcare of Veterans. These meetings are very beneficial to Veterans, their families, friends, etc.

Hope to see you there 

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Remarks by Secretary Robert McDonald during AM VETs National Conference

Remarks by Secretary Robert McDonald during the AM VETS National Conference in Memphis, TN 8/13/14

For the full article click the link below:

Remarks by Secretary Robert McDonald during AMVETS Conference (1)

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President Obama likely to sign VA Reform Bill Next Week

8/1/14

Obama likely to sign VA Reform Bill Next Week

For the full article please visit:

Obama likely to sign VA Reform Bill

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Congratulations letter from VA Affairs Secretary David LaCerte

Congratulations Letter to USDVA from Veterans Affairs Secretary David Lacerte

For the letter please click on the link below:

 

Congrats Letter to USDVA Secretary.Aug1’14

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Clinic Bill UPDATE 7-31-14

7/31/14:
Senate approved this evening by vote of 91-3.
Goes to the President next to be signed.
Senator Vitter will go to new VA Secretary McDonald to plead our case for speeding up the process of awarding contracts to successful bidders.
I’ll assume Senator Landrieu will do likewise as well as Congressman Boustany.
Four years & seven months ago we began our journey & quest. Two years & four months since the first process exploded. Time flies went you are having fun. What a trip.
Here’s to the shovel hitting the ground before Christmas. That gives the VA four plus months to do the deal.
 What a Christmas present!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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The Truth About the Vietnam War

A 5 minute film by Prager University on the Vietnam War..

Click the link below

 

The Truth About the Vietnam War

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Veterans Bill 7/29/14

For a copy of the Veterans Bill please click on the link below.

It is 132 pages.

 

Veterans Bill

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SW LA VA Clinics Included in Final Vets Bill, House and Senate expected to vote on final bill this week

7/28/14

From Senator Landrieu’s Office

Landrieu: SW La. VA Clinics Included in Final Vets Bill House and Senate expected to vote on final bill this week

Clinics originally included in Senate bill, now in final version after request by Landrieu

WASHINGTON —U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today announced the final comprehensive veterans reform legislation includes the green light needed to construct the long-delayed veterans clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles after she included it in the original Senate bill and requested it remain in the final version by House and Senate negotiators. The House and Senate are expected to vote on the bill by the end of this week.

“While it has taken longer than it should have or any of us hoped, I’m proud to announce that we have changed the light from red to green to build the Lafayette and Lake Charles veterans’ clinics. The 50,000 veterans who call the greater Lafayette and Lake Charles region home will soon have quality health care in their local communities, and I urge members from both parties in both chambers to vote in favor of this legislation that keeps the promises we have made to our veterans,” Sen. Landrieu said. “I’ll continue to work with Rep. Boustany to get this bill across the finish line, so that we can keep the promises we made to our veterans.”

Earlier this month, Sen. Landrieu met with Louisiana Veterans Affairs Sec. David LaCerte to coordinate state and federal efforts to reduce health care wait times, increase the number of doctors and nurses and thanked LaCerte for his service to Louisiana and its 300,000 veterans.

In September 2012, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) changed its characterization of Major Medical Facility leases, requiring the Veterans Administration to pay for a full 20 years of rent upfront for health clinics. While the leases would have normally cost just more than $126 million, they are now scored at almost $1.4 billion. Due to these costs, 27 clinics across the country could not be authorized in fiscal year 2013, including clinics in Lake Charles and Lafayette.

Since then, Sen. Landrieu and Rep. Boustany have partnered to pass legislation and find solutions to construct the two clinics in Southwest Louisiana. Earlier this year, Sen. Landrieu and Rep. Boustany led an effort of the entire Louisiana congressional delegation to demand answers from the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on the delayed completion of the two veterans’ clinics in Southwest Louisiana.