NEWS FROM THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS’ AFFAIRS

JOINT HEARING TUESDAY WILL FOCUS ON DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS

February 26, 2007

Media contact: Jeff Schrade (202) 224-9093

(Washington, DC) Members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House Committees on Veterans’ Affairs will meet jointly Tuesday, February 27, at 2 p.m. Eastern to take testimony from national leaders of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).  The hearing will take place in the Caucus Room (room 345) of the Cannon House Office Building.

 

Tuesday’s lead witness will be Bradley S. Barton, National Commander, Disabled American Veterans.  Barton enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1966 and two years later, during a battle in Vietnam, shrapnel from an enemy mortar severed his spinal cord.  He was discharged from the military but went on to earn both a bachelor’s and later a law degree.  He now lives in Oregon.

 

The hearing with DAV officials kicks off a series of hearings to be held in the coming weeks.  The next one will occur on Tuesday, March 6, at which members of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees will take testimony from the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

 


 

I have been removed from Mr. Schrade's e-mail list either by error or he does not want to hear the facts.  I found out through someone else who still remains on the list about this joint hearing at 2:00 EST today Feb 27th.

 

Now will it be on CSPAN - I have no clue.

 

Some have already commented they have no confidence in the VFW or the DAV to tell the truth with the non- aggression pact they signed with the government and particularly the VA.  Benefits that are not law but at the discretion of the Secretary of the VA.

 

I know I lost all confidence when in the last meeting one of the big three suggested that if the government let Veterans use real legal representation the un-employability findings would go up.  Well if the Veterans has cumulative damages that by their own rulings does not reach 100% but in combination deny the Veteran access to full time gainful employment then what is the problem except government denial to save money.

 

Anyway as some suggested this is nothing but photo ops and no one on these committees is interested in anything much except the propaganda that goes with it.

 

Kelley