November 2015

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Anyone in the Bowie area want a free turkey? There’s a local group that is offering a handful of certificates to us. You’d need to be available on Tuesday evening at the Kenhill Center to accept the certificate on a local access show. Email me ( for details. Deadline is Sunday. PM me for contact information.

A Joint message from DAV and DAVA

DAV has worked diligently for several years as a part of a larger coalition of veterans organizations that promoted the advent of family caregiver support services for severely injured and ill veterans. Congress finally responded five years ago by enacting Public Law 111-163, the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010. However, that act limited services and supports to family caregivers of veterans injured or who became severely ill in military service only on or after September 11, 2001. That omission left thousands of veterans’ families without the level of caregiver support and services they have needed because those veterans’ health challenges, many from war injuries, occurred before that effective date.

On June 25, 2015, Representatives Elizabeth Esty and Ryan Costello introduced H.R. 2894, the “Caregivers Access and Responsible Expansion for All Veterans Act,” or the “CARE for All Veterans Act.”

If enacted, this bill would responsibly and finally address these families’ needs on the same basis as those of veterans injured after September 11, 2001. Ultimately, when fully implemented, the bill would improve the lives of tens of thousands of veteran families, and will save the federal government massive sums that otherwise would need to be spent to provide institutional solutions to these veterans’ health challenges and health maintenance. Therefore, this bill is both beneficial to these families and a taxpayer-friendly measure.

Please write your Representative to urge co-sponsorship and support of passage of H.R. 2894. A letter has been prepared for this purpose or you may write your own to express your views. As always, thank you for your support.

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