Special Veterans Edition; August 2014

Senator Mike Crapo
2014-09-15 15:27:40
United States Senator Mike Crapo - Idaho [image = crapo.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-facebook-like.png] [link 1] [image = crapo.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-twitter-tweet.png] [link 2] *Please note:*� This* *email newsletter is coming from an unmonitored account. Please *do not reply* to this email address.�To reply to our office, click here [link 3]�to�use the contact form on our website. If you wish to change your email address or update your contact information, click here to update your profile [link 4]. If you wish to unsubscribe, click here [link 5]. *E-MAIL UPDATES* *Yes, please periodically send me e-mail updates.** Click Here [link 6] *By subscribing to my e-mail updates, you are authorizing me to send regular e-mail updates from my office to your e-mail account. *Privacy Policy* [link 7] Welcome! Thank you for subscribing to my monthly e-newsletter for August 2014. *Listening To Veterans, Addressing Health Care Shortfalls* Because of the unique challenges our veterans face and the solemn sacrifices they make, Congress must support the needs of service members both on the battlefield and upon their return.� The recent exposure of the shameful mistreatment of veterans seeking assistance through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) again underscores the need to improve the delivery of assistance to our nation�s veterans.� The scandals prove that the stakes are high: Congress must get VA reform right this time.� As I work with my congressional colleagues to address the needs of our nation�s veterans, the polices I advocate must have a meaningful impact on our veterans in Idaho.� I invite Idahoans to share their VA experiences, both positive and negative, with me through a brief survey.� The short survey contains questions about the level of satisfaction veterans have with the VA generally.� It also asks where veterans receive health care treatment if they use VA facilities. �� Idahoans in need of specific assistance in dealing with the VA or other federal agencies and navigating programs may also contact any one of my offices for further assistance through the survey or separately.� As of today, over 800 Idaho veterans have reached out and taken the survey.� This feedback is critical to meaningful, smart reforms to our VA system.� Thank you to all the veterans, their families and advocates for providing my office with this actionable information.� There is still time and there are multiple ways to complete the brief survey through whatever means is most convenient.� Veterans can take the survey online through my website at www.crapo.senate.gov/contact/survey.cfm [link 8] and through the Idaho Division of Veterans Services.� Veterans can also call one of my offices [link 9] to have a staff member administer the survey.� The following phone numbers can be used to reach my offices:� �Washington, DC (202) 224-6142; Idaho State Office (Boise) 208-334-1776; South-Central Idaho (Twin Falls) (208) 734-2515; North Idaho (Coeur d� Alene) (208) 664-5490; Eastern Idaho, North (Idaho Falls) (208) 522-9779; North-Central Idaho (Lewiston) (208) 743-1492; Eastern Idaho, South (Pocatello) (208) 236-6775. *August State Work Period* I had the great fortune of spending much of my time during the August state work period with Idaho veterans.� My time at care centers, VA facilities, homes and coffee shops with the veteran community, along with our recent survey, will help me to formulate common-sense solutions when I return to Washington, D.C., and continue addressing much needed VA reforms. [image = crapo.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Vets 1.jpg] Thank you, Mrs. Dauven, for joining me in Twin Falls to honor veterans! [image = crapo.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Vets 2.jpg] It was a privilege to sit down with several veteran in Twin Falls.� Your work is vital to the men and women who have served our great country. [image = crapo.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Vets 3.jpg] I had the opportunity to meet with a 2009 recipient of the Spirit of Freedom Award, Bob Jackson, when honoring veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Cold War.� Thank you to Genesis Health for hosting this event at their Twin Falls Care Center [image = crapo.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Vets 4.jpg] At a veterans recognition ceremony earlier this week in Twin Falls, I had the pleasure of presenting the Spirit of Idaho Award to Heidi Walker (pictured right), staff and administrators like Tom Mikesell and Tami Slatter (also pictured) of�Hospice Visions for going above and beyond in their service to Magic Valley veterans receiving end-of-life care.� Their commitment to the men and women who have served and their work to ensure they receive recognition for their service truly embodies the spirit of our great state. *World War II Veteran, Quentin Murdock, Receives Spirit of Freedom Award* [image = crapo.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/vets 5.jpg] On August 28, I had the honor of presenting the Spirit of Freedom Award to a true American Hero, Quentin Murdock.� Quentin served in the North Africa and Sicily Campaigns of World War II.� He was taken prisoner for ten days, was rescued from a sunken boat and became a seasoned combat soldier.� He went on to serve in the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings at Omaha Beach.� Quentin earned a number of medals for his outstanding service.� These include a Silver Star for gallantry in action, two Bronze Stars, three Presidential Unit Citations, a European Theater with five campaigns, a Combat Infantry Badge and the D-Day Commemorative Medal.� Upon his return home, he worked for three years as a County Agent in the Agriculture Extension Service of the University of Idaho and got married.� He then became a farmer and grew his farming operation to nearly 1,800 acres of potatoes, sugar beets and wheat, which he scaled back in 2001.� He also had a 3,000 head feedlot that he owned until 1980.� Quentin has given greatly for our nation.� I normally present Spirit of Freedom awards in November.� But, after hearing Quentin�s story of selfless service, finding a way to honor him now seemed most appropriate.� Presenting him with the 2014 Spirit of Freedom Award was an honor.� *Dedicating Idaho�s Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway* [image = crapo.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/vets 6.jpg] [image = crapo.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/vets 7.jpg] It is incredibly fitting for Idaho�s busiest freeway to now be designated as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway. It has been far too long for this recognition to come, and I appreciate the opportunity to have been included at the ceremony in front of the Capitol Building in Boise. *PRESS* 8.01.14 - Crapo Supports Final Veterans Care Bill [link 10] 8.01.14 - CRAPO, RISCH A �NO� ON THE PRESIDENT�S BORDER SPENDING BILL [link 11] 8.04.14 - Senator Crapo Seeks Help Of Idaho's Veterans [link 12] 8.05.14 - Veterans Issues Dominate Crapo August Agenda [link 13] 8.07.14 - Vietnam Veteran Waits 45 Years; To Receive Purple Heart Monday [link 14] 8.11.14 - Protecting Our Privacy [link 15] 8.13.14 - Crapo to Note Water Collaboration in Lewiston, Celebrate Solar Progress in Sandpoint [link 16] 8.15.14 - Crapo Staff Plan Office Hours In Nez Perce, Craigmont and Winchester August 20th [link 17] 8.15.14 - Affordable Wood Stove Heat May Be In Jeopardy [link 18] 8.18.14 - Preventing Ill-Gotten Rewards [link 19] 8.21.14 - Crapo to Present WW II Veteran With Spirit of Freedom Award; Keynote Economic Development Conference [link 20] 8.25.14 - Crapo Veterans Survey Passes 700 Mark [link 21] 8.25.14 - Wolf Predation And Livestock Loss Compensation [link 22] 8.28.14 - Idaho Delegation Urges Prompt Consideration of Agriculture Disaster Declarations [link 23] *Looking for more information?**�*Please visit�the�Issues and Legislation [link 24]�section of my website for information that addresses many issues important to all of us.� As always, I highly value�the�opinions and concerns of my fellow Idahoans.� With that in mind, we�continue to work to improve my website. Please do not reply to this e-newsletter.� We are set up to respond to your comments,�suggestions�or concerns at my official website,www.crapo.senate.gov/contact/contact.cfm. [link 25]� Also,�please let me know if�there�are other issues that you would like me to address. All the best, [image = crapo.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/mike_signature.gif] � [image = crapo.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-facebook-like.png] [link 26] [image = crapo.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-twitter-tweet.png] [link 27]
September 15, 2014
Please note:  This email newsletter is coming from an unmonitored account. Please do not reply to this email address. To reply to our office, click here to use the contact form on our website. If you wish to change your email address or update your contact information, click here to update your profile. If you wish to unsubscribe, click here.

E-MAIL UPDATES

Yes, please periodically send me e-mail updates.*

Click Here

*By subscribing to my
e-mail updates, you are authorizing me to send regular e-mail updates from my office to your e-mail account.


Welcome! Thank you for subscribing to my monthly e-newsletter for August 2014.

Listening To Veterans, Addressing Health Care Shortfalls

Because of the unique challenges our veterans face and the solemn sacrifices they make, Congress must support the needs of service members both on the battlefield and upon their return.  The recent exposure of the shameful mistreatment of veterans seeking assistance through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) again underscores the need to improve the delivery of assistance to our nation�s veterans.  The scandals prove that the stakes are high: Congress must get VA reform right this time. 

As I work with my congressional colleagues to address the needs of our nation�s veterans, the polices I advocate must have a meaningful impact on our veterans in Idaho.  I invite Idahoans to share their VA experiences, both positive and negative, with me through a brief survey.  The short survey contains questions about the level of satisfaction veterans have with the VA generally.  It also asks where veterans receive health care treatment if they use VA facilities.   

Idahoans in need of specific assistance in dealing with the VA or other federal agencies and navigating programs may also contact any one of my offices for further assistance through the survey or separately.  As of today, over 800 Idaho veterans have reached out and taken the survey.  This feedback is critical to meaningful, smart reforms to our VA system.  Thank you to all the veterans, their families and advocates for providing my office with this actionable information. 

There is still time and there are multiple ways to complete the brief survey through whatever means is most convenient.  Veterans can take the survey online through my website at to have a staff member administer the survey.  The following phone numbers can be used to reach my offices:   Washington, DC (202) 224-6142; Idaho State Office (Boise) 208-334-1776; South-Central Idaho (Twin Falls) (208) 734-2515; North Idaho (Coeur d� Alene) (208) 664-5490; Eastern Idaho, North (Idaho Falls) (208) 522-9779; North-Central Idaho (Lewiston) (208) 743-1492; Eastern Idaho, South (Pocatello) (208) 236-6775.

August State Work Period

I had the great fortune of spending much of my time during the August state work period with Idaho veterans.  My time at care centers, VA facilities, homes and coffee shops with the veteran community, along with our recent survey, will help me to formulate common-sense solutions when I return to Washington, D.C., and continue addressing much needed VA reforms.

Thank you, Mrs. Dauven, for joining me in Twin Falls to honor veterans!

It was a privilege to sit down with several veteran in Twin Falls.  Your work is vital to the men and women who have served our great country.

I had the opportunity to meet with a 2009 recipient of the Spirit of Freedom Award, Bob Jackson, when honoring veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Cold War.  Thank you to Genesis Health for hosting this event at their Twin Falls Care Center

At a veterans recognition ceremony earlier this week in Twin Falls, I had the pleasure of presenting the Spirit of Idaho Award to Heidi Walker (pictured right), staff and administrators like Tom Mikesell and Tami Slatter (also pictured) of Hospice Visions for going above and beyond in their service to Magic Valley veterans receiving end-of-life care.  Their commitment to the men and women who have served and their work to ensure they receive recognition for their service truly embodies the spirit of our great state.

World War II Veteran, Quentin Murdock, Receives Spirit of Freedom Award

On August 28, I had the honor of presenting the Spirit of Freedom Award to a true American Hero, Quentin Murdock.  Quentin served in the North Africa and Sicily Campaigns of World War II.  He was taken prisoner for ten days, was rescued from a sunken boat and became a seasoned combat soldier.  He went on to serve in the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings at Omaha Beach.  Quentin earned a number of medals for his outstanding service.  These include a Silver Star for gallantry in action, two Bronze Stars, three Presidential Unit Citations, a European Theater with five campaigns, a Combat Infantry Badge and the D-Day Commemorative Medal.  Upon his return home, he worked for three years as a County Agent in the Agriculture Extension Service of the University of Idaho and got married.  He then became a farmer and grew his farming operation to nearly 1,800 acres of potatoes, sugar beets and wheat, which he scaled back in 2001.  He also had a 3,000 head feedlot that he owned until 1980.  Quentin has given greatly for our nation.  I normally present Spirit of Freedom awards in November.  But, after hearing Quentin�s story of selfless service, finding a way to honor him now seemed most appropriate.  Presenting him with the 2014 Spirit of Freedom Award was an honor. 

Dedicating Idaho�s Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway

It is incredibly fitting for Idaho�s busiest freeway to now be designated as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway. It has been far too long for this recognition to come, and I appreciate the opportunity to have been included at the ceremony in front of the Capitol Building in Boise.

PRESS

8.01.14 -

8.01.14 -

8.04.14 -

8.05.14 -

8.07.14 -

8.11.14 -

8.13.14 -

8.15.14 -

8.15.14 -

8.18.14 -

8.21.14 -

8.25.14 -

8.25.14 -

8.28.14 -

Looking for more information? Please visit the Issues and Legislation section of my website for information that addresses many issues important to all of us.  As always, I highly value the opinions and concerns of my fellow Idahoans.  With that in mind, we continue to work to improve my website.

Please do not reply to this e-newsletter.  We are set up to respond to your comments, suggestions or concerns at my official website,www.crapo.senate.gov/contact/contact.cfm.  Also, please let me know if there are other issues that you would like me to address.

All the best,


 

Contact Information: