Topic: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, D.C. – On Sunday, I visited the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona and met with Sheriff Mark Lamb, Sheriff Mark Dannels, and local ranchers to expose the chaos caused by President Joe Biden’s administration’s open-border policies.
It is abundantly clear that we are facing not only a humanitarian crisis, but also health and safety crisis. This week, I joined my colleagues in the Senate to close dangerous loopholes in the law by introducing the Stopping Border Surges Act. Until we secure our southern border, every town is a border town, and every state is a border state.
Marsha Blackburn, Colleagues Reintroduce TEAM Act to Reform How Veterans Exposed to Toxic Substances Receive Health Care and Benefits
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), along with Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) reintroduced the Toxic Exposure in the American Military (TEAM) Act.
This is bipartisan legislation that fundamentally reforms and improves how veterans exposed to toxic substances receive health care and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Mark Green, Stephen Lynch, Richard Blumenthal, Tammy Baldwin introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to cover K2 Veterans’ Toxic Exposure Care, Benefits
Toxic hazards at Karshi-Khanabad Air Base have been linked to hundreds of veteran cancer and chronic illnesses
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Mark Green (R-TN) and Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) and U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) have introduced the bicameral, bipartisan K2 Veterans Care Act.
This legislation would establish a “presumption of service connection” for the veterans who served at Karshi-Khanabad Air Base (K2) in Uzbekistan and who have since been diagnosed with toxic exposure-related illnesses and diseases, requiring the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide health care and benefits.
Silver Spring, MD – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic:
This week, the FDA posted the webpage, COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Surveillance, which provides an overview of our active and passive systems used to monitor the safety of authorized COVID-19 Coronavirus vaccines.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Senators Gary Peters’ (D- Mich) bipartisan bill to improve the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) caregiver program was signed into law by President Donald Trump.
The Transparency and Effective Accountability Measures for (TEAM) Veteran Caregivers Act will take a number of steps to strengthen transparency and communication for veterans and caregivers participating in the program.
Marsha Blackburn Bill to Improve VA Caregiver Program Heading to President Donald Trump’s Desk to be Signed into Law
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R—Tenn.) and Gary Peters (D—MI) applauded the House passage of their bipartisan bill to improve the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) caregiver program.
The Transparency and Effective Accountability Measures for (TEAM) Veteran Caregivers Act, now goes to the President’s desk to be signed into law. The legislation would take a number of steps to strengthen transparency and communication for veterans and caregivers participating in the program.
Washington, D.C. – Representative Mark Green issued the following statement on Acting Defense Secretary Miller’s draft Executive Order backing his bipartisan legislation on K2 veterans’ toxic exposure:
“I was honored that Acting Secretary Miller’s office reached out to mine a few weeks ago about modeling an Executive Order on the legislation I introduced with Chairman Lynch. After introducing this bill back in February, and working with Chairman Lynch throughout the year on a Congressional investigation into the hazardous conditions at K2, I’m pleased that the Administration is considering efforts to champion this cause. It’s far past time that we offer our K2 veterans the answers and care they have deserved for nearly two decades.”
COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution For Memphis Veterans
Washington, D.C. – Our veterans made many sacrifices so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today. It seems fitting that many of these brave individuals will be among the first groups of people to receive the COVID-19 Coronavirus vaccine if they wish to receive it.
This week, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that they will provide vaccinations to front line VA healthcare workers and veterans residing in long-term care units, including in our very own Memphis VA Health Care System. Veterans seeking additional information should visit the VA Coronavirus Vaccine FAQs webpage, contact their care team, or visit their facility website.
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R—Tenn.) and Gary Peters (D—Mich) to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) caregiver program. According to reports, caregivers and veterans were arbitrarily discharged or downgraded from the program, with benefits subsequently revoked or reduced.
The VA Office of the Inspector General reported in 2018 that VA failed to adequately manage the caregiver program and recommended improvements and reforms.
Washington, D.C. – America’s veterans have fought to defend our country, its values, and its interests since the first days of our founding. They have defeated tyrants, eliminated terrorists, and secured freedom at home and abroad. Their courage and fortitude in the face of adversity serve as an example for all Americans.
On Veterans Day, we pause to pay tribute to all who have proudly worn our Nation’s uniform. These Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen selflessly placed lives, well?being, and security of others before their own. We enjoy the privileges of peace, prosperity, and freedom because of our veterans, and we are forever indebted to them beyond measure.
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