Posted on Nov 16, 2015
Sgt Spencer Sikder
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H.R.3471 : Veterans Mobility Safety Act of 2015. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the provision of automobiles and adaptive equipment by the Department of Veterans Affairs. H.R.3484 : Los Angeles Homeless Veterans Leasing Act of 2015. A bill to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into certain leases at the Department of Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Campus in Los Angeles, California, and for other purposes. 
H.R.3499 : Veteran Disability Rating Parity Act. A bill to amend titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act to provide for treatment of disability rated and certified as total by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs as disability for purposes of such titles. 
H.R.3547 : Lawrence J. Hackett Jr. Vietnam Veterans Agent Orange Fairness Act. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a task force on Agent Orange exposure. 
H.R.3549 : VA Billing Accountability Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to waive the requirement of certain veterans to make copayments for hospital care and medical services in the case of an error by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. 
H.R.3596 : Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2015. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend certain expiring provisions of law administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. 
H.R.3639 : Veterans Access to Care Act. A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to designate certain medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs as health professional shortage areas, and for other purposes. 
H.R.3686 : Veterans Care and Reporting Enforcement Act. A bill to direct the Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs to make certain reports publicly available and for other purposes. 
H.R.3709 : Helping our Rural Veterans Receive Health Care Act. A bill to make permanent the pilot program administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs regarding enhanced contract care authority for the health care needs of veterans located in highly rural areas, and for other purposes.  H.R.3739 : Veterans' Expanded Trucking Opportunities Act. A bill to provide for qualified physicians to perform a medical certification for an operator of a commercial motor vehicle who is a veteran, and for other purposes.  H.R.3789 : Honor Our Fallen Heroes Act of 2015. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish a memorial headstone or marker to commemorate an eligible individual whose remains are identified and available but the location of the gravesite is unknown. 
H.R.3849 : Acupuncture for Heroes and Seniors Act of 2015. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to ensure access to qualified acupuncturist services for military members and military dependents, to amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure access to acupuncturist services through the Department of Veterans Affairs, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of qualified acupuncturist services under the Medicare program; to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the appointment of qualified acupuncturists as officers in the commissioned Regular Corp and the Ready Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service, and for other purposes. 
H.R.3870 : Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the treatment of veterans who participated in the cleanup of Enewetak Atoll as radiation exposed veterans for purposes of the presumption of service-connection of certain disabilities by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. 
H.R.3879 : Enhanced Veteran Healthcare Act of 2015. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for covered agreements and contracts between the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and eligible academic affiliates for the mutually beneficial coordination, use, or exchange of health-care resources, and for other purposes. 
H.R.3883 : Veteran's Choice Accountability Act. A bill to improve the provision of health care by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. 
H.R.3884 : Veterans Collaboration Act. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to promote and encourage collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs and nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher learning that provide administrative assistance to veterans. 
H.R.3885 : Veterans Affairs Transfer of Information and sharing of Disability Examination Procedures with DOD Doctors Act. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to include a single comprehensive disability examination as part of the required Department of Defense physical examination for separating members of the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.  H.R.3909 : Veterans Health and Accountability Act. A bill to amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to expand the Veterans Choice Program, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on performance or misconduct, and for other purposes.  H.R.3936 : Veteran Engagement Team Event Pilot Program. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program under which the Secretary carries out Veteran Engagement Team events where veterans can complete claims for disability compensation and pension under the laws administered by the Secretary, and for other purposes. 
H.R.3951 : VA Office of Health Care Quality. A bill to establish in the Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs the Office of Health Care Quality. 
H.R.3954 : Camp Lejeune Reserve Component VA Medical Services. To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for access to hospital care and medical services furnished by the Department of Veterans Affairs for certain members of the reserve components who received training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and for other purposes. 
H.R.3958 : Veterans Health Care Stamp. A bill to provide for the issuance of a Veterans Health Care Stamp. 
H.R.3960 : Homeless Female Vet Survey. To provide for a survey regarding homeless female veterans, and for other purposes. 
H.R.3963 : Purple Heart Vet’s Commissary/Exchange Privilege. To amend title 10, United States Code, to extend military commissary and exchange store privileges to certain veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart and to their dependents. 
H.R.3970 : Abandoned Homes Renovation for Homeless Vets. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a pilot grant program to acquire and renovate abandoned homes for homeless veterans. 
H.R.3972 : Suicidal Vet Mental Health Services Enhancement. A bill to direct the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to more effectively provide mental health resources for members of the Armed Forces and veterans at high risk of suicide, and for other purposes. 
H.R.3974 : VA Physician Assistant Vet Training Educational Assistance. A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to provide educational assistance to certain former members of the Armed Forces for education and training as physician assistants of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to establish pay grades and require competitive pay for physician assistants of the Department, and for other purposes.
H.R.3975 : First-Time Vet Homebuyers Tax Credit. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit for veteran first-time homebuyers and for adaptive housing and mobility improvements for disabled veterans, and for other purposes. 
H.R.3980 : Eliminate Veterans Choice Program Sunset Date. A bill to eliminate the sunset date for the Veterans Choice Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to expand eligibility for such program, and for other purposes. 
H.R.3989 : Vet Caregiver Benefits Eligibility. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the process for determining the eligibility of caregivers of veterans to certain benefits administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
S.1955 : Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act. A bill to amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to provide for equitable allotment of land to Alaska Native veterans. 
S.1982 : Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance Act of 2015. A bill to authorize a Wall of Remembrance as part of the Korean War Veterans Memorial and to allow certain private contributions to fund the Wall of Remembrance. 
S.1991 : Permanent Department of Veterans Affairs Choice Card Act of 2015. A bill to eliminate the sunset date for the Choice Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to expand eligibility for such program, and for other purposes. 
S.2000 : Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to allow the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into certain agreements with non-Department of Veterans Affairs health care providers if the Secretary is not feasibly able to provide health care in facilities of the Department or through contracts or sharing agreements, and for other purposes. 
S.2013 : VA West Los Angeles Campus Leasing Authority. A bill to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into certain leases at the Department of Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Campus in Los Angeles, California, and for other purposes. 
S.2052 : Department of Veterans Affairs Billing Accountability Act of 2015. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to waive the requirement of certain veterans to make copayments for hospital care and medical services in the case of an error by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. 
S.2062 : VARO Manila Operation Extension. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend authority for operation of the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Manila, the Republic of the Philippines. 
S.2081 : VA Presumption Of Service Connection for Exposure to Herbicide Agents Extension. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend authorities for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to expand presumption of service connection for compensation for diseases the Secretary determines are associated with exposure to herbicide agents, and for other purposes.  S.2082 : Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2015. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend certain expiring provisions of law administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. 
S.2106 : VA VOCHAB Action Plan Development. A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to develop and publish an action plan for improving the vocational rehabilitation services and assistance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. 
S.2120 : Veterans Justice Outreach Act of 2015. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a program to support veterans in contact with the criminal justice system by discouraging unnecessary criminalization of mental illness and other nonviolent crimes, and for other purposes. 
S.2170 : Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2015. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the ability of health care professionals to treat veterans through the use of telemedicine, and for other purposes. 
S.2175 : Department of Veterans Affairs Provider Equity Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the role of podiatrists in the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. 
S.2179 : Veteran CARE Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to allow the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into certain agreements with non-Department of Veterans Affairs health care providers if the Secretary is not feasibly able to provide health care in facilities of the Department or through contracts or sharing agreements, and for other purposes.  S.2210 : Veteran Partners' Efforts to Enhance Reintegration Act. A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a program to establish peer specialists in patient aligned care teams at medical centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. 
S.2229 : Veterans Scheduling Accountability Act. A bill to require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct audits relating to the timely access of veterans to hospital care, medical services, and other health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs. 
S.2265 : Improve Rural Area VA Health Care. A bill to improve the provision of health care by the Department of Veterans Affairs to veterans in rural and highly rural areas, and for other purposes. 
S.2279 : VA Health Care Worker (Vet) Recruitment. A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a program to increase efficiency in the recruitment and hiring by the Department of Veterans Affairs of health care workers that are undergoing separation from the Armed Forces, to create uniform credentialing standards for certain health care professionals of the Department, and for other purposes.
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LTC Stephen F.
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Generally yes Sgt Spencer Sikder. I keep track through my Congressmen and Senators emails and letters, DoD and VA email, MOAA and Army mailings.
Thanks for providing an extensive list of bills of interest to Veterans.
I also pay attention to DoD bills because they impact our nation in many ways and also impact me.
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Sgt Spencer Sikder
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As you know, LTC Stephen Ford, too many times our citizenry just don't take the time. I'm just as guilty. But having seen how these bills have affected me personally some years ago, I began taking a more assertive interest. The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee seems to have grown tired of calling me each time I voice an opinion. But, not to be deterred, I will continue.
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LTC Stephen F.
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Sgt Spencer Sikder - you are not alone, thankfully. I know a number of veterans who send emails and sign petitions to there congressmen and senators. It seems man of us live in areas where are communications are not well received. I hope the congressional makeup will shift significantly by January 2017 and that we will elect a President who is interested in this nation more than in making a place for himself in history.
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TSgt John Temblador, PI, CIPA
TSgt John Temblador, PI, CIPA
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I HAVE THE ANSWER~...

FROM MY GENERATION.. OLD FARTS!  From a Friend on Facebook...




Tony Rose
I am over 60 and the Armed Forces thinks I'm too old to track down terrorists. You can't be older than 42 to join the military. They've got the whole thing backwards.
















Instead of sending 18-year olds off to fight, they ought to take us old guys. You shouldn't be able to join a military unit until you're at least 35. 
















For starters, researchers say 18-year-olds think about sex every ten seconds. Old guys only think about sex a couple of times a month, leaving us more than 280,000 additional seconds per day to concentrate on the enemy.
















Young guys haven't lived long enough to be cranky, and a cranky soldier is a dangerous soldier. 'My back hurts! I can't sleep, I'm tired and hungry.' Were bad-tempered and impatient, and maybe letting us kill some ***hole that desperately deserves it will make us feel better and shut us up for a while..... 
















An 18-year-old doesn't even like to get up before 10am. Old guys always get up early to pee, so what the hell. Besides, like I said, I'm tired and can't sleep and since I'm already up, I may as well be up killing some fanatical son-of-a-bitch. 
















If captured we couldn't spill the beans because we'd forget where we put them. In fact, name, rank, and serial number would be a real brainteaser.
















Boot camp would be easier for old guys.... We're used to getting screamed and yelled at and we're used to soft food. We've also developed an appreciation for guns. We've been using them for years as an excuse to get out of the house, away from the screaming and yelling. 
















They could lighten up on the obstacle course however..... I've been in combat and never saw a single 20-foot wall with rope hanging over the side, nor did I ever do any push-ups after completing basic training. 
















Actually, the running part is kind of a waste of energy, too..... I've never seen anyone outrun a bullet. 
















An 18-year-old has the whole world ahead of him. He's still learning to shave or to start a conversation with a pretty girl. He still hasn't figured out that a baseball cap has a brim to shade his eyes, not the back of his head. 
















These are all great reasons to keep our kids at home to learn a little more about life before sending them off into harm's way. 
















Let us old guys track down those terrorists..... The last thing an enemy would want to see is a couple million hacked off old farts with bad attitudes and automatic weapons, who know that their best years are already behind them. 
















HEY!! How about recruiting Women over 50.... in menopause! You think MEN have attitudes? Ohhhhhhhh my goodness!!! If nothing else, put them on border patrol. They'll have it secured the first night! 
















Send this to all of your senior friends in big type so they can read it.
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PO3 Julia Perry
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letters from your Congressman and Senators are selected to hit homes with the greatest likelihood of good PR. I used to train Congressional staffers on the Hill and in District Offices for how to run their systems. I get awfully good updates on Facebook, both official ones, and then the ones from us Vets who really have to tangle with the system and know about what we are writing. I am one of the very few veterans who has ever won, without a lawyer, an 1151 claim for disability compensation on a diagnosis proven to be the fault of the VA.
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Thanks for sharing.
Peace!
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