AUSN, 9 Other VSOs Urge White House Not To Appeal Blue Water Navy Decision
AUSN was one of 10 organizations to sign on to a letter sent to the president urging him not to direct the Justice Department to appeal a recent court decision that would give benefits to “Blue Water” Navy Vietnam veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled 9-2 in January that Blue Water Navy veterans were eligible for benefits to treat illnesses linked to exposure to Agent Orange despite not having “boots on the ground.” The Justice Department and Department of Veterans Affairs have until the end of March to appeal the decision.
Congressmembers Ask FBI To Investigate Fake VSO Social Media Accounts Targeting Veterans
Four congressmembers have urged the FBI to investigate “foreign entities” who may be targeting veterans with false information from social media accounts impersonating veterans service organizations, according to Stars and Stripes. Vietnam Veterans of America — a fellow member of The Military Coalition — discovered a Facebook page in 2017 using its name and logo that was posting “politically divisive” posts and had nearly 200,000 followers, even more than the official page. AUSN urges its members to be on guard for fake VSO social media accounts — our official Facebook page is located here, and our official Twitter handle is @AUSNTweets.
VA Releases Health Care Inspection Reports For Community Living Centers
The Department of Veterans Affairs has begun publicly posting health care inspection reports and staffing data for its 134 Community Living Centers (CLCs). The reports are available here.
Breakdown Of 2020 VA Budget Posted To AUSN.org
As part of our effort to increase the amount of news and analysis available to our members, we have posted some analysis of the 2020 Department of Veterans Affairs budget to AUSN.org and will continue to examine details from it as it moves through hearings and committee this year. That analysis is available here.