WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Vietnam Veterans of America is hosting a Press Conference with a coalition of dozens of veterans organizations regarding the need for Congress to include the Fairness for Veterans (Sec. 538, 538A) provisions of the final version of the NDAA, and to request a meeting with the Executive Branch to address "Bad-Paper Discharges" that unfairly deny benefits to vets with PTSD, TBI, and MST. Veterans with these types of discharges are more likely to be homeless, without a job, become incarcerated and die by suicide. Immediate actions must be taken to avert this crisis in veterans healthcare.
WHEN: Tuesday, September 13 @ 11:00 A.M.
WHERE: House Triangle, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.
Inclement weather location: Cannon House Office Building, Room #234
WHO: John Rowan, National President/CEO, Vietnam Veterans of America
Sen. Peters [D-MI] Sponsor (S.1567)
Rep. Coffman [R-CO] Cosponsor (H.R.4683)
Rep. Walz [D-MN] Cosponsor
Rep. Russell [R-OK]
Rep. Moulton [D-MA]
Rep. Jones [R-NC]
Rep. Gallego [D-AZ]
Rep. Gabbard [D-HI]
Verna Jones, Executive Director, American Legion
Dana Atkins, President, Military Officers Association of America
Veterans of Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq with PTSD/TBI/MST who have been unfairly denied benefits
Also in attendance: Representatives from Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Swords to Plowshares, Student Veterans of America, Wounded Warrior Project, United Soldiers and Sailors of America, High Ground Veterans Advocacy, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Military-Veterans Advocacy, VetsFirst, Association of the United States Navy, Fleet Reserve Association, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and dozens of other Veteran Service Organizations, Legal Service Clinics, and nonprofits.
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SOURCE Vietnam Veterans of America