United Veterans Committee of Colorado

Building a Better Future for Veterans

 

At the General Membership Meeting on February 13, 2018, there was a discussion and action on several Federal Legislative bills that have been introduced. They are:

General UVC 2017 Federal Legislative Goals :
1. Oppose any and all efforts to privatize the VA Healthcare System.

 

H.R.4457 - Veterans Empowerment Act. Seems to be an effort to privatize the VA Healthcare System. A Motion to oppose was made. A link to the bill is below:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4457

General UVC 2017 Federal Legislative Goals :
12. Support efforts to improve the VA Healthcare System, including reforms to the “Choice” program or other methods to utilize qualified private providers.

 

S.2168 - Veterans Improved Access and Care Act of 2017 Is in support of this goal. A motion to support was made. A link to the bill is below:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2168

General UVC 2017 Federal Legislative Goals :
12. Support efforts to improve the VA Healthcare System, including reforms to the “Choice” program or other methods to utilize qualified private providers.


S.2193 - Caring for our Veterans Act of 2017 Is in support of this goal and a motion to support was made. A link to the bill is below:
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2193

Specific UVC 2017 Federal Legislative Goals:
16. Support legislation that would make exposure to herbicide (Agent Orange) presumptive for all Veterans that served on Air Force Bases in Thailand that were boots on the ground, the same as boots on the ground veterans that served in Vietnam.

 

S.2105 - A bill to modify the presumption of service connection for veterans who were exposed to herbicide agents while serving in the Armed Forces in Thailand during the Vietnam era, and for other purposes. Is in support of this goal and a motion to support was made. A link to the bill is below:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2105

H.R.4843 - To modify the presumption of service connection for veterans who were exposed to herbicide agents while serving in the Armed Forces in Thailand during the Vietnam era, and for other purposes. Is in support of this goal and a motion to support was made. A link to the bill is below:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4843

Specific UVC 2017 Federal Legislative Goals:
15. Support legislation that returns presumptive and direct exposure to herbicide to qualified Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans who were exposed while serving in waters offshore Vietnam

H.R.299 - Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017 Is in support of this goal and a motion to support was made. A link to the bill is below:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/299

S.422 - Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017 Is in support of this goal and a motion to support was made. A link to the bill is below:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/422

Steve Rylant
United Veterans Committee of Colorado
Past President
Federal Legislation Liaison