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IAVA | May 26, 2017

Read: Special #GoSlient Memorial Day Sitrep – May 26

Memorial Day is almost here and the IAVA DC team has garnered welcomed wins as we continue our #GoSilent digital campaign through the weekend. On our #SheWhoBorneTheBattle campaign’s Deborah Sampson Act (H.R. 2452/S. 681) we picked up 9 new House cosponsors since last week, including Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Dina Titus (D-NV), Walter Jones (R-NC), Bobby Rush (D-IL), Peter King (R-NY), Stephen Knight (R-CA) Mark Pocan (D-WI), Kathy Castor (D-FL) and post-9/11 veteran Brian Mast (R-FL). Now 27 cosponsors! A quick recap of this week’s events:

  • During VA Secretary Shulkin’s testimony to the House Veterans Committee on the president’s budget, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) highlighted the need to fill gaps in women vets’ care at VA by passing the Deborah Sampson Act.
  • The full House approved Rep. Martha McSally’s (R-AZ) PRIVATE Act (H.R. 2052) to amend the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) in response to the Marines United nude photo-sharing scandal. IAVA is a strong supporter of this bill and this will be a win for our #SheWhoBorneTheBattle campaign when signed into law.
  • IAVA Legislative Director Tom Porter and Legislative Associate Edgar Rodriguez met with Veterans Health Administration Acting Under Secretary of Health Dr. Poonam Alaigh and other VA leaders on agency reforms.
  • IAVA Research Director Jackie Maffucci attended a Veteran Service Organization meeting with VA’s Office of Information Technology. This meeting is the first of its kind hosted by VA and the issue of IT modernization is a key component of IAVA’s Policy Agenda.

As always, we at IAVA wish all of you a safe and meaningful Memorial Day weekend. On Memorial Day 3 p.m. EDT please remember to pause for a moment of silence to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Take the pledge to #GoSilent here.


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