Major VCS Accomplishments

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Major VCS Accomplishments in Past Five Years

 Below is a list of some of our accomplishments at Veterans for Common Sense.  We have undertaken many of these initiatives working with a wide range of legislators,decision makers and other stakeholder groups. We have been pro-active in improving and safeguarding veterans benefits and rights. We have also spoken out in support of policies that stand to improve America’s security and prosperity in the long term. Policies ranging from energy independence, condemnation of torture and the appropriate use of smart power to further America’s interests.

Policy Advocacy-Government Relations        

Judicial Branch, Legal Action

  • VCS v. VA Lawsuit- Pending
         As a result of lawsuit
  • Suicide hotline enacted, 20,000 veterans saved
  • Suicide prevention coordinators at VA hospitals
  • Immediate appointments for urgent care
  • 14-day appointments for non-urgent care

         Executive Branch, VA Regulations        VCS regularly advocates for solutions to veterans issues with administration and VA decision makers. 

  • PTSD regulation, 2010
  • TBI regulation, 2008
  • Shorter claim form, 2010
  • ALS regulation, 2008
  • Gulf War illness regulation, 2011
  • Supported Hire Our Heroes Act, 2011
  • Two briefings to DoD leaders suicide and mental health, 2009 and 2010
  • Issuance of condolence letters from POTUS, to military families of service members who commit suicide in theater
   

    Legislative Branch, Testimony and legislation VCS has often been involved  in the formulation of the intent and language of  components of proposed legislation, as well as engaging in policy advocacy to support existing legislation. 

  • GI Bill for the 21st Century, education benefits for Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans
  • Dignity for Wounded Warriors Act 2008, Five years of free care for Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans
  • Disability Benefits Improvement Act 2010, PL 110-389
  • Testimony supporting VA healthcare reform (two-year budgeting)
  • Testimony supporting increased funding for VA budget
  • Testimony supporting increased funding for VA’s homeless veterans
  • Testimony supporting increased funding for VA’s Gulf War Illness Research
  • Assisted with drafting Care Givers Act to help veterans’ families
  • Assisted with Camp Lejuene toxic exposures legislation
  • Joshua Omvig Suicide Prevention Act 2007
  • VA Technology Improvement Act (funding to secure and improve data)

 Public Relations VCS uses primarily earned media to further policy goals. VCS has also used media interviews and public speaking engagements to raise awareness on a variety of issues important to veterans and americans in general.

  •  For five years has generated a widely cited quarterly impact report quantifying the cost of “War on Terror”.
  • “60 Minutes” on Claim Backlog of 1 million
  • VA Bonus Scandal prompting hearings in 2007
  • DoD / VA Walter Reed Army Medical Center Scandal, prompting hearings in 2007
  • Blocking cuts to VA funding, New York Times, several articles, 2011
  • Public relations on national security issues
  • Three-page story in Austin American-Statesman on cost of war, 2011
  • Interviews on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, etc.
  • Hundreds of other press interviews on various policy issues

3 Responses to Major VCS Accomplishments

  1. Denise Bousley says:

    I commend your work and your speaking out about Bobby Muller’s denial. This issues you deal with are some that Americans don’t seem to want to believe and it makes it a challenge, but you are doing a great job!
    Thank you.

  2. Stephen Evans says:

    Why don’t you do something seriously effective. Call out the non-commissioned veterans (commissions typically go into reserve status after active duty) as a civil militia and take hostile control of all the VA facilities, have Shinseki apologize for his gross mismanagement formally (In the Japanese way) and move the management of VA facilities to the military.

    At the very least choose the worst facilities (our own here in Dallas, where beautiful buildings is where they put their money instead of veterans services) and shut them down, either by forcing the VA to transfer the patients to civilian facilities of the first order or by eliminating the governments facilities ability to provide any care whatsoever so they HAVE to move the veterans from facilities that give poorer care than what is available in the third world to teaching hospitals that give GREAT care, much like those which our elected officials go to with their insurance plans.

    Or, at the VERY least, give veterans an Obamascare option so we can get away from the butchers and incompetents that currently overwhelmingly staff these facilities.

  3. Charlie Wiscaver says:

    I wish I would have discovered this website when I began the battle with the VA. I am currently on month 32 for my PTSD 4 prior diagnosis 1 VA Dr!! 1 MHU MCRD san diego (active duty) 2 civilian one state one private. then C and P said substance abuse issue then I went to a PTSD specialist there at the VA and he said he cant believe im not 100% already. any advice guys??

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