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VFW WASHINGTON WEEKLY

March 16, 2012



In This Issue:
1. Senate VA Committee Discusses Homelessness Goals
2. Field Report: New Mexico Congressional Town Hall
3. Field Report Form Now Available
4. Tricare Lawsuit
5. DOD Budget Impact in Review


1. Senate VA Committee Discusses Homelessness Goals: This week, the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee held a hearing to discuss homelessness and VA's goal to end it by 2015. Much of the hearing centered on programs and services available to women veterans -- a growing number among the homeless veteran population. Several female veterans told their stories of being homeless and looking to VA and community based organizations for help. Committee Chairman, Patty Murray referenced a recent GAO report that found many facilities not providing gender specific privacy, safety or security within the housing units. Other items discussed included oversight on the grant and per diem programs and its providers, matching grants with successful community-based programs and providing funding for services that meet the unique needs of women veterans. http://veterans.senate.gov/. For the GAO report go here: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-182


2. Field Report: New Mexico Congressional Town Hall: Members of Congress are home in their districts this week, and VFW advocates have taken the opportunity to meet directly with their leaders on veterans' issues. On Tuesday, VFW Post 7686 in Alamogordo, N.M., hosted a veterans' town hall forum where post members and area veterans had an opportunity to meet with Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., and State Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-Alamogordo, to candidly discuss a variety of veterans' issues like VA benefits-delivery and health care. To learn more about the town hall, click here: http://www.vfwonthehill.org/2012/03/field-report-new-mexico-vfw-hosts.html


3. Field Report Form Now Available: The VFW Capitol Hill blog, www.vfwonthehill.org, wants to tell the stories of our advocates from coast to coast through our "Field Report" features, like this week's story from New Mexico. In an effort to simplify the process, we introduced an easy-to-use "Field Report" form this week, hosted on the VFW national website. To submit your stories of advocacy for consideration on the VFW Capitol Hill blog, click here: http://www.vfw.org/Forms/Capitol-Hill-Blog-Submissions/, or simply continue sending your photos and stories to the VFW Action Corps inbox, vfwac@vfw.org.


4. Tricare Lawsuit: Unencrypted backup data tapes were stolen from the car of a government contractor last September that contained personal information on almost 4.9 million Tricare patients, which is more than half of all authorized users. Tricare Management Activity officials said the risk of compromise was low due to the sophistication of the software, but soon afterwards, some alleged victims discovered unauthorized bank transactions and bogus credit card charges. Eight class action lawsuits have now been filed charging the government and contractor SAIC with negligence in the care of sensitive personal and health information. A motion to consolidate all eight cases was made March 9. Concerned patients can call the SAIC Incident Response Call Center toll-free at 855-366-0140; international callers can call collect to 952-556-8312.


5. DOD Budget Impact in Review: The Defense Department's fiscal year 2013 budget includes recommendations to reduce military pay raises and significantly increase Tricare enrollment fees and copays on military dependents and retirees over the next five years. For a complete list of all the proposed increases click here: http://www.vfw.org/uploadedFiles/VFW.org/VFW_in_DC/FY%202013%20DOD%20Proposals.pdf VFW is asking everyone to urge their elected officials to defeat. Send your representatives and senators a powerful message today at:http://capwiz.com/vfw/issues/alert/?alertid=61030611.

 

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