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Advisory Committees and political legislation affecting veterans

Bob Filner -- Committee on Veterans Affairs star
"I am committed to serving the men and women who have risked their lives for our freedom. You can help fellow veterans by being informed and knowledgeable about the legislation that directly affects American veterans... be vocal about your support for veterans legislation." — Bob

Employability Skills for Veterans star
Employability skills are those qualities which help you work with others: basic academic skills, higher-order thinking skills, and personality. If you can't apply them to your post-military career, you’re not going to get hired in this highly competitive job market.

HR 1701 PTSD TBI Guaranteed Review for Heroes Act star
HR1701 will allow dishonorably discharged/dismissed individuals to change their record to honorable if a special review board determines he/she suffered from PTSD or TBI during their time of service. It also prevents active servicemen from being dishonorably discharged if they suffer from the same.

HR 24 Department of the Navy and Marine Corps star
H. R. 24 is an ACT to re-designate the Department of the Navy as the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps. Before you Sailors and Leathernecks start making your political views known, I thought you’d be interested in the man who sponsored this act: Walter B. Jones, Jr. (R-NC 3rd)

Important Traits in a President star
Ninth in a series of articles written by Critical Thinking Skills students at Jewett School of the Arts. The question they answer is – Does military experience help or hinder a president or presidential candidate? This one looks at Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Money for WWII Merchant Marines star
Bill # H.R.23, sponsored by Bob Filner, a Democrat-California and also Chairman for the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, is hoping to provide benefits (to the tune of about one thousand dollars a month!) to members of the U.S. Merchant Marines who served during World War II.

Prohibit the Physical Desecration of the U.S. Flag star
Let your duly elected officials know where you stand on the constitutional amendment to prohibit the physical desecration of the US Flag. H.J.Res 47 It’s still stuck in the committee. Tell your politicians how you feel – one way or the other.

Senator’s Response to VA Identifying Information Theft star
Senator Harkin’s office sent me the following information about stolen information from the VA.

The Establishment of Women into the US Military star
Six years from Women's Army Auxilliary Corps to the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, and a short thirty years until a gender-unified military: a phenomenally brief time in the span of human history.

Veterans Identity Protection Act of 2006 star
Senator pushes legislation to rptect veterans from identity theft.

What Does it Take to Become a President star
Fifth in a series of articles written by Critical Thinking Skills students at Jewett School of the Arts. The question they answer is – Does military experience help or hinder a president or presidential candidate? This one looks at what it takes to become president.

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