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The American Legion is the biggest veterans group in the country and therefore has the most potential impact on legislation concerning active duty personnel, veterans, and their families.

This page will contain information on legislation of interest to veterans and members of the military and their families living in North Idaho.

Veterans Home for N. Idaho:  We continue to work with the Idaho Division of Veterans Services to speed up their application for a new Veterans Home to be located on a site that has been donated in Post Falls.  Representatives will be in Post Falls to review the site in the first week of August.

NATIONAL ISSUES:

VA REFORM:  We continue to support key reforms that are essential for building a healthy and robust VA health care system for the 21st Century. Congress must commit to provide the VA the resources it needs to modernize, rebuild and sustain its internal capacity to provide timely, high-quality health care. To better serve veterans, VA needs to restructure and consolidate all non-VA care programs into a single integrated Extended Care Network. VA must also realign and expand its health care services to meet the diverse needs of all generations of veterans, beginning with establishing new urgent care centers out in the community, and continue its extended operating hours. Finally, VA must reform its management culture through increased transparency and accountability.

Women Veterans Access to Quality Care Act :

Senators Dean Heller and Patty Murray recently co-introduced S. 471, the Women Veterans Access to Quality Care Act. This bill is consistent with DAV's 2014 report, Women Veterans: the Long Journey Home; thus, the bill carries DAV's full support.  The bill is also consistent with DAV National Resolution No. 040, passed by the delegates to our most recent National Convention.

The bill would improve VA facilities to better accommodate the needs of women veterans; would hold VA medical facility directors accountable to new performance measures focused on women veterans' needs; and, would ensure availability of obstetricians and gynecologists in all VA medical centers, among other provisions.

H.R. 969, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2015, was introduced on February 3, 2015, by Representative Christopher Gibson (NY).  This bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to expand the presumptions for service connection relating to the exposure to herbicides containing dioxin, including Agent Orange.  This legislation would extend existing eligibility to certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, including the inland waterways, ports, harbors, and waters offshore or territorial seas of such Republic, as well as the airspace above. – Len Crosby, Legislative Chairman

Krem2 News ran story in 2016 about the proposed veterans home in Post Falls. To watch this news segment click HERE.