2014 Legislation

February 6, 2014
Vet Groups See Budget Cuts as Broken Promise
The2015 budget proposal, released by the Pentagon on March 4, calls for an increase in out-of-pocket
health care costs for active duty service members and retirees. The plan would scrap the current trio of available
Tricare options in favor of one consolidated plan. Other portions of the proposal call for a decrease in Basic
Allowance for Housing allotments for active duty families, an annual active duty pay raise cap of 1 percent, and
cuts to the commissary that could force stores to raise their prices by about 20 percent.
The changes to Tricare will have a particularly major impact on beneficiaries with disabilities.
. Currently, active duty families with disabled children, for example, regularly pay $1,000 a year
out of pocket for care. Under the new proposal they will be forced to pay up to $5,000.
"When you add all those [cuts] up, you're looking at almost $6,000 out of pocket for an O-3 and $5,000
for an E-5," said Mike Barron, MOAA's deputy director of government relations. "That's significant
on a military family, it really is on their ability sustain their families."

Military Retiree COLA Cap Repealed
February 24, 2014
President Obama signed the law on Feb. 15th which excludes current retirees and servicemembers from the 1 percent Retirement COLA reduction.
The law does not exclude servicemembers who joined on or after January 1, 2014


Comprehensive Veterans' and Health Benefits Package !
January 23, 2014
Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman, Bernie Sanders introduced the Veterans Health and Benefits and
Military Retirement Pay Resotration Act of 2014. The bill, S. 1950, is the most comprehensive veterans legislation to be introduced in decades.

If signed into law, this sweeping legislation would expand and improve health care and benefit services to all generations
of veterans and their families. Most notably, it would expand the current caregiver law to include all generations of
veterans and provide advance appropriations to ensure monthly compensation and pension as well as
education payments are protected from future budget battles.

The bill also offers in-state tuition protection for recently transitioned veterans, improves access to mental
health and treatment for victims of sexual assault in the military, and authorizes construction of more than 20
Community Bases Outpatient Clinics to serve veterans in rural and remote communities.

Action Needed:  Call or email your Senators today. urge them to pass S. 1950, the Veterans Health and Benefits
and Military Retirement Restoration Act of 2014. Tell them that this historic legislation will provide vital services
to all generations of veterans and their families. Remind them that past, present and future veterans have
earned these services this legislation will provide.

The VA has decided that Vietnam veterans who qualify under Agent Orange exposure, will now be covered for strokes.
There are a range of diseases and conditions already approved for such exposure.
Vets can contact their VA benefits office or local Service officer...................


Department of Veterans Affairs
Secretary Eric K. Shinseki

114th Congress
Senate Veterans Committee's

Chairman Bernie Sanders
Rockefeller IV, John D. (WV)
Murray, Patty (WA)
Brown, Sherrod (OH)
Tester, Jon (MT)
Begich, Mark (AK)
Blumenthal, Richard (CT)
Hirono, Mazie (HI)
Richard Burr (R - NC)
Isakson, Johnny (GA)
Johanns, Mike (NE)
Moran, Jerry (KS)
Boozman, John (AR)
Heller, Dean (NV)

 114th Congress
House Veterans Committee's

Chairman Jeff Miller
 Doug Lamborn (CO)
 Gus M. Bilirakis (FL), Vice Chairman
 David P. Roe (TN)
 Bill Flores (TX)
 Jeff Denham (CA)
 Jon Runyan (NJ)
 Dan Benishek (MI)
 Tim Huelskamp (KS)
 Mark Amodei (NV)
 Mike Coffman (CO)
 Brad Wenstrup (OH)
 Paul Cook (CA)
 Jackie Walorski (IN)
 Michael H. Michaud (ME)
 Corrine Brown ( FL)
 Mark Takano (CA)
 Julia Brownley (CA)
 Dina Titus (NV)
 Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ)
 Raul Ruiz (CA)
 Gloria Negrete McLeod (CA)
 Ann McLane Kuster (NH)
 Beto O'Rourke (TX)
 Tim Walz (MN)

The Committee's mailing addresses are:

House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
335 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
412 Russell Senate Building
Washington D.C. 20510


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