Boozman Bulletin: Improving VA Benefits

Senator John Boozman
2017-05-26 11:16:00
<outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenBoozman/Enews_Heade r_640.jpg> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2f&redir_log=616062673605259> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fabout&redir_log=08127512762436 6> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fservices&redir_log=46309196017 389> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fissues&redir_log=1632977772643 75> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fnews%3fp%3dpress-releases&redi r_log=604307096242480> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2farkansas&redir_log=49131264311 7388> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fcontact&redir_log=012466986538 1> Boozman Bulletin: Improving VA Benefits Arkansans have a proud history of serving their country in the military. As a state that is home to thousands of active duty military personnel and more than 250,000 veterans, we have a unique understanding of the service and sacrifice made by the men and women who put their lives on the line in defense of our freedom. May is recognized as National Military Appreciation Month. As we celebrate our men and women in uniform, it's also a time to reflect on our commitment to our service members and veterans. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenBoozman/JB_Service_ members.JPG> During a visit to the 188th Air Wing in Fort Smith this spring, I talked with Wing Commander Col. Bobbi Doorenbos and Adjutant General of the Arkansas National Guard Maj. Gen. Mark Berry. Honoring our promise to the men and women who selflessly place themselves in harm's way has always been one of my highest priorities. As a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, I have worked to improve health care and access, expand educational opportunities and create more opportunities for our veterans to get and keep good, well-paying jobs. There's more work to be done. In a series of veteran listening sessions I hosted throughout Arkansas this spring, one of the top concerns I heard was the inequality of healthcare between men and women veterans. As a lead sponsor of the Deborah Sampson Act <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fpress-releases%3fID%3dCD95709 D-C580-4AB2-8F27-6AD3C3A1A601&redir_log=759677670056616> , I'm pushing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to support the hiring of more women's health providers to improve services and access for female veterans. This week I voted to make it easier to discipline bad employees at VA <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fpress-releases%3fID%3d6D212B8 2-02FB-41BB-B291-0EA96BBACE46&redir_log=834792169666618> . My colleagues and I on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee favorably reported out the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. This legislation I cosponsored would allow the secretary of the VA to dismiss bad employees while protecting those who expose wrongdoing. We must have measures in place that allow VA to hold responsible those employees who abuse their power and put our veterans in danger. This bill allows VA to better serve our veterans by creating a culture of accountability. Equally important, it protects employees who are committed to providing the best care and attention to these men and women. I am pleased the committee quickly approved this important legislation and I urge the full Senate to promptly pass this bill. To ensure that our veterans have access to education opportunities to help them succeed in civilian life, yesterday I introduced the Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%3fp%3dpress-releases%26id%3d691 D4411-8F1E-4B81-AD0C-3877A6D735F9&redir_log=876695596158658> (VET TEC) Act. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%3fp%3dpress-releases%26id%3d691 D4411-8F1E-4B81-AD0C-3877A6D735F9&redir_log=876695596158658> This bill would allow veterans to learn valuable 21st century workforce skills such as computer coding and programming as a VA educational benefit. By modernizing the VA's education model, we can open doors to training and jobs for veterans reentering the workforce. I am committed to improving the resources for our veterans and our service members. Please join me in celebrating the valor and courage of our Armed Forces and veterans by thanking a family member, friend or neighbor who selflessly sacrifices to defend our freedom. _____ Quick Takes: * Protecting National Security: Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) John Kelly testified before the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee about the administration's priorities for fiscal year 2018 on Thursday. As chairman of the subcommittee, I am working to ensure we have the resources we need to combat terrorism, protect our borders and safeguard the men and women <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fvideos%3fID%3d48D10849-0242-4 7E6-94D5-5E1509CBBC47&redir_log=905627096024558> who support the department's mission in a fiscally responsible manner. * Safeguarding Water Infrastructure: There is a growing need for repairs to our nation's drinking water and wastewater systems. That's why I joined with Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) to introduce legislation that would help rebuild this vital infrastructure <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fpress-releases%3fID%3dCB56AB5 C-17AE-4336-9134-89F0C2B59AB5&redir_log=363345202541617> . The Clean, Safe, Reliable Water Infrastructure Act, would amend the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to expand the availability of resources for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects. * Honoring Law Enforcement Officers: In recognition of National Police Week, I spoke on the Senate floor to t <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fpress-releases%3fID%3dD6D2711 4-426B-4931-9BC7-673C7A358941&redir_log=828279373323612> hank the men and women of our law enforcement communities <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fpress-releases%3fID%3dD6D2711 4-426B-4931-9BC7-673C7A358941&redir_log=828279373323612> and honor the lives of those tragically cut short in the line of duty, including Yell County Sherriff's deputy Kevin Mainhart who was shot and killed during a traffic stop earlier this month. I also introduced the Honoring Hometown Heroes Act <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fpress-releases%3fID%3dE13CA59 3-17F8-4429-B636-FDEC27681DCC&redir_log=927701754958618> . This legislation will amend the U.S. flag code to allow the governor of a state to order the American flag to be lowered to half-staff in the event that a local first responder dies while serving in the line of duty. * Recognizing the Success of Drug Courts: In recognition of National Drug Court Month, I spoke in support of drug treatment courts <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fpress-releases%3fID%3dF9B54F0 0-3B27-460E-BE96-8EA661440CA5&redir_log=418283310668616> and how their success in Arkansas changes lives, heals families and saves money. * Famine in South Sudan: The United Nations declared a famine in South Sudan, the first time since 2011 that the UN has used the term famine. A formal famine declaration means people have already started dying of hunger. In a speech on the Senate floor <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fvideos%3fID%3dE57762CD-5FB4-4 094-809A-F42B7B44AF80&redir_log=54563483265561> , I advocated for U.S. leadership in coordinating humanitarian relief and ending the corruption that is causing the suffering. * Recognizing Arkansas Veterans: The 'Salute to Veterans' series honors the service and sacrifice of Arkansas veterans who served our nation in uniform. In the latest edition, I recognized WWII veteran Frederick Beck <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww youtube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dPFsFl5nT5Lw&redir_log=244778297153293> who served in the Army. He was deployed to Europe where he served as an infantryman with the 65th Infantry Division (nicknamed the "Battle-ax") on an automatic rifle team. His memories of his military service are an important part of our history that have been submitted to the Veterans History Project. * Connect on Social Media: Stay up to date with what I'm doing for Arkansans via social media. You can find me on Facebook <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww facebook.com%2fJohnBoozman&redir_log=247918694906255> , Twitter <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2ftwi tter.com%2fJohnBoozman&redir_log=493792232315221> and Instagram <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fins tagram.com%2fjohnboozman%2f&redir_log=740563410159241> . <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww facebook.com%2fJohnBoozman&redir_log=247918694906255> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2ftwi tter.com%2fJohnBoozman&redir_log=493792232315221> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww youtube.com%2fuser%2fBoozmanPressOffice&redir_log=245432480277335> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2frss%2ffeed&redir_log=543235539 458384> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fins tagram.com%2fjohnboozman%2f%3fmodal%3dtrue&redir_log=227263047326320> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. boozman.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2funsubscribe&redir_log=14378558 8554412> Click here to open a plain text version of this email <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/view_newsletter_setup.aspx _text=Y&link=SenBoozman156157100165 - 05-25-2017 eNewsletter14500.6880588.6038604.7402899xxxFriendb xxx> Click here to forward this email to a friend <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/view_newsletter_setup.aspx rd=Y&link=SenBoozman156157100165 - 05-25-2017 eNewsletter14500.6880588.6038604.7402899xxxFriendb xxx> Click here to open this e-mail in its own window <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/view_newsletter_setup.aspx SenBoozman156157100165 - 05-25-2017 eNewsletter14500.6880588.6038604.7402899xxxFriendb xxx> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenBoozman/iqtrk.gif rop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenBoozman/iqtrk.gif rop=14500.6880588.6038604.7402899>
 

Boozman Bulletin: Improving VA Benefits

Arkansans have a proud history of serving their country in the military. As a state that is home to thousands of active duty military personnel and more than 250,000 veterans, we have a unique understanding of the service and sacrifice made by the men and women who put their lives on the line in defense of our freedom.

May is recognized as National Military Appreciation Month. As we celebrate our men and women in uniform, it’s also a time to reflect on our commitment to our service members and veterans.

During a visit to the 188th Air Wing in Fort Smith this spring, I talked with Wing Commander Col. Bobbi Doorenbos and Adjutant General of the Arkansas National Guard Maj. Gen. Mark Berry.

Honoring our promise to the men and women who selflessly place themselves in harm’s way has always been one of my highest priorities. As a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I have worked to improve health care and access, expand educational opportunities and create more opportunities for our veterans to get and keep good, well-paying jobs.

There’s more work to be done.

In a series of veteran listening sessions I hosted throughout Arkansas this spring, one of the top concerns I heard was the inequality of healthcare between men and women veterans.

As a lead sponsor of the Deborah Sampson Act, I’m pushing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to support the hiring of more women’s health providers to improve services and access for female veterans.  

This week I voted to make it easier to discipline bad employees at VA. My colleagues and I on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee favorably reported out the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. This legislation I cosponsored would allow the secretary of the VA to dismiss bad employees while protecting those who expose wrongdoing.

We must have measures in place that allow VA to hold responsible those employees who abuse their power and put our veterans in danger. This bill allows VA to better serve our veterans by creating a culture of accountability. Equally important, it protects employees who are committed to providing the best care and attention to these men and women. I am pleased the committee quickly approved this important legislation and I urge the full Senate to promptly pass this bill.

To ensure that our veterans have access to education opportunities to help them succeed in civilian life, yesterday I introduced the Act. This bill would allow veterans to learn valuable 21st century workforce skills such as computer coding and programming as a VA educational benefit.  By modernizing the VA's education model, we can open doors to training and jobs for veterans reentering the workforce. 

I am committed to improving the resources for our veterans and our service members. Please join me in celebrating the valor and courage of our Armed Forces and veterans by thanking a family member, friend or neighbor who selflessly sacrifices to defend our freedom.


Quick Takes:

  • Protecting National Security: Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) John Kelly testified before the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee about the administration’s priorities for fiscal year 2018 on Thursday. As chairman of the subcommittee, I am working to ensure we have the resources we need to combat terrorism, protect our borders and safeguard the men and women who support the department’s mission in a fiscally responsible manner.
     
  • Safeguarding Water Infrastructure: There is a growing need for repairs to our nation’s drinking water and wastewater systems. That’s why I joined with Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) to introduce legislation that would help rebuild this vital infrastructure. The Clean, Safe, Reliable Water Infrastructure Act, would amend the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to expand the availability of resources for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects.
     
  • Honoring Law Enforcement Officers: In recognition of National Police Week, I spoke on the Senate floor to thank the men and women of our law enforcement communities and honor the lives of those tragically cut short in the line of duty, including Yell County Sherriff’s deputy Kevin Mainhart who was shot and killed during a traffic stop earlier this month. I also introduced the Honoring Hometown Heroes ActThis legislation will amend the U.S. flag code to allow the governor of a state to order the American flag to be lowered to half-staff in the event that a local first responder dies while serving in the line of duty.
     
  • Recognizing the Success of Drug Courts: In recognition of National Drug Court Month, I spoke in support of drug treatment courts and how their success in Arkansas changes lives, heals families and saves money.
     
  • Famine in South Sudan: The United Nations declared a famine in South Sudan, the first time since 2011 that the UN has used the term famine. A formal famine declaration means people have already started dying of hunger. In a speech on the Senate floor, I advocated for U.S. leadership in coordinating humanitarian relief and ending the corruption that is causing the suffering.
     
  • Recognizing Arkansas Veterans: The ‘Salute to Veterans’ series honors the service and sacrifice of Arkansas veterans who served our nation in uniform. In the latest edition, I recognized WWII veteran Frederick Beck who served in the Army. He was deployed to Europe where he served as an infantryman with the 65th Infantry Division (nicknamed the “Battle-ax”) on an automatic rifle team. His memories of his military service are an important part of our history that have been submitted to the Veterans History Project.
     
  • Connect on Social Media: Stay up to date with what I’m doing for Arkansans via social media. You can find me on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.
                                                                       

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