Veterans and Military Families Caucus



  • The Veterans and Military Families Caucus is made up of DA members from around the world who are willing and able to advocate on issues important to the veterans and their families within the United States of America and those living abroad. The Caucus will accept any DA member.

    Democrats Abroad (DA) honors the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces; their service deserves our deepest gratitude and respect. Government policies must reflect the interests of those who are serving and those who have served, including their families. This caucus will work within DA to achieve this endeavor. 

    We share and adhere to the principles and demands expressed in the platforms of both the Democratic Party and DA regarding veterans, active military and their families abroad.

    We recognize and appreciate that all of the various groups, ethnicities, persuasions, identities, and beliefs that make up American society are present in our military; we share issues and concerns in common with the other DA caucuses. Discrimination has no place in the military and its ancillary organizations, nor the Veterans and Military Families Caucus.

    GOALS

    ∙ Reach out to veterans, active duty and reserve military members as well as their dependents living abroad to encourage them to register to vote and to engage them in advocacy for our policy positions;

    ∙ Provide a forum for DA members to understand better the issues and concerns affecting our military forces, veterans, and their families outside of the United States;

    ACTIONS

    ∙ Provide support for visits to wounded/recovering warriors and caregivers at overseas U.S. military hospitals in conjunction with like-minded external organizations;

    ∙ Exchange information and concerns with other DA caucuses and interest groups regarding relevant issues and shared concerns to ensure that as they impact veterans and military families, they are communicated among the broader DA community for a successful joint response;

    ∙ Organize participation in Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies at U.S. landmarks abroad such as military cemeteries, battle sites, and places of historical U.S. military significance;

    ∙ Facilitate get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts for veterans and military families; also develop sensible and sensitive strategies for encouraging active service members at U.S. overseas military bases to vote;

    ∙ Establish and maintain contact with other American political organizations to find areas of joint concern regarding U.S. veterans and military dependents;

    ∙ Always strive to improve the DA Platform and organize advocacy efforts towards U.S. law and policymakers for issues pertinent to veterans, active military, and their families living abroad;

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    ORGANIZATION

    Email:  VeteransCaucus@democratsabroad.org 

     

    DA Veterans and Military Families Caucus Leadership:

    Michael Ramos
    | DA Hispanic Caucus, Chair; DA Affirmative Action Committee, Chair; DA Veterans and Military Families Caucus Steering Committee, Member; DA Australia (Victoria), Member; DNC Labor Council, Member
    Anna Marie Mattson
    | VMF Caucus Steering Committee, DA Voting Rep for DA France, Former Member-at-Large, Vice-Chair and Press Attaché for DA France
    Michael Lee
    | VMF Caucus Steering Committee
    William Prescott
    | Vice Chair & Treasurer - Guadalajara, Hispanic Caucus Steering Committee, Global IT Team Member, VMF Caucus Steering Committee
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    News

    Reimbursement for Emergency Care

    According to NBC News and The Hill, a federal court has vacated the Department of Veterans Affairs rule that released it from reimbursing a veteran who receives emergency medical care at a non-VA facility. In the decision from Monday, September 9, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims found that this rule, which the department issued in 2018, violates federal law.

    A rule releasing the department from reimbursing a veteran for an emergency claim if a portion of the costs were covered by his or her own insurance had already been found to violate the law back in 2015.

    As a result of the court ruling, the VA may need to reimburse thousands of veterans, and this would involve billions of dollars in costs to the department.

    https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/460837-court-rules-va-must-reimburse-veterans-for-emergency-care-at-non-va

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    Redirecting funding to border wall delays projects

    According to an Air-Force report that NBC News says it has obtained, by redirecting funding previously allocated by congress for Military construction to build a stretch of wall along the U.S.-Mexico boarder, some 51 projects around the world will be delayed. Apart from the obvious constitutional issues it raises, this action on the part of the White House will also increase the level of risk at a number of locations.

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