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VFW Washington Weekly - November 19, 2007

Posted at 03:06 PM on Monday, November 19, 2007 by newJersey

In This Issue:
1. Senate Committee Moves Veterans Healthcare Bills
2. House Passes Tax Benefits
3. Americans Can Text "Thanks" to Troops
4. Bush Signs Defense Bill

1. Senate Committee Moves Veterans Healthcare Bills: The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee moved several VFW-supported healthcare bills forward on Wednesday. All of the bills aim to improve healthcare options for veterans. The bills now move to the full Senate for a vote.
-- S. 2004, Epilepsy Centers of Excellence, would establish epilepsy centers of excellence in the VA.
-- S. 2142, Veterans Emergency Care Fairness Act of 2007, would improve and clarify the reimbursement process for certain veterans who receive emergency care at a non-VA facility.
-- S. 2160, Veterans Pain Care Act of 2007, would enhance and expand the VA's existing pain care management program.
-- S. 2162, Mental Health Improvements Act of 2007 would improve the treatment and services provided by VA to veterans with post-traumatic stress and substance abuse disorders, and other mental health illnesses.
For more on the mark up or the bills, go to the Senate VA website at: http://veterans.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?pageid=16

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