Forward Observer:  Secretary Wilkie’s Four Priorities for the VA in 2019

January 23, 2019

LVMAC Poster Art 2005Priorities, smy-orities … five, six or ten … different ones almost every time you look …  when it comes to the Department of Veterans Affairs (and federal agencies in general).  It is time to do a little house cleaning as the new year begins because, in these times, on what the VA concentrates will dramatically change its operations in the coming years.  For example, implementing the Mission Act listed below is no ‘small potatoes’ matter.

In his words, the Secretary of the VA, Mr. Wilkie, has now whittled down the Department of Veterans Affairs’ strategic priorities for 2019 to four:  Read the rest of this entry »

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Forward Observer: Blue Water Navy Bill Is About Sunk for This Year

December 14, 2018

LVMAC Poster Art 2005To add to the sorry saga of inaction by our senators, here is the latest as reported in the Stars and Stripes:

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As of 14 December 2018


Forward Observer: Senate Continues to Stall on Blue Water Navy Act Passage

October 9, 2018

LVMAC Poster Art 2005As an update, the Senate continues to stall since we have last written on the bill.  From the VFW, which emphasizes the importance of acting now in whatever way you can:

“During the Vietnam War, veterans who served in the offshore waters of Vietnam drank, bathed in, and cooked with water contaminated by Agent Orange. They are now arbitrarily and unjustly denied benefits for illnesses associated Read the rest of this entry »


Forward Observer:  Blue Water Navy Bill (HR 299) About to Sink?

September 22, 2018

Photo, Army Times, 1969


LVMAC Poster Art 2005As part of the continuing saga, we update you once again …

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) met last Tuesday (18 September) with the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie, to persuade him to cease his and his department’s re-doubled efforts to scuttle H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Act, now in the Senate for consideration. Read the rest of this entry »


Forward Observer:  Will the Senate Have the Courage to Rise Above the Intransigence of the VA on the Blue Water Navy Issue?

August 9, 2018

LVMAC Poster Art 2005The behavior of the Senate on the issue of the Blue Water Navy’s exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam Conflict has been less than noble — nor has it done its job.  Over the decades, it has conveniently allowed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to lead it by the nose and to provide an excuse for inaction. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit:  Getting It Wrong on VA Healthcare — How Our Media Fails Us

July 20, 2018

[Editor’s Note:  One of the more thorough, balanced and probative articles about the failure of the our national and local media regarding their reporting and conclusions on the state of VA healthcare in quite a while.  Also provides some insights on the thinking of our Congress and Executive; and the vested interests for privatizing the Veterans Health Administration.  Published by the Washington Monthly in its July/August issue. Worth reading the complete article.]

Journalists cover the Veterans Administration like it’s a disaster—but study after study shows the exact opposite.

Source: How the media gets the VA all wrong

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As of 20 July 2018


Forward Observer: The VA Mission Act Is Enacted

June 9, 2018

LVMAC Poster Art 2005We thought it would happen on Memorial Day.  Instead, it happened on 6 June 2018 (D-Day).  The President finally signed the VA MISSION Act of 2018 upon which we have previously reported .

According to the VFW’s Action Corps Weekly of 8 June,  “ ‘The VA MISSION Act will help improve the care our veterans get at the VA while leveraging the capabilities of the private sector when needed. It will help recruit the best talent at the VA, which is what our veterans deserve, and it also extends caregiver benefits to every veteran who needs it,’ …  The VA MISSION Act was the result of a bipartisan and bicameral effort led by Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Sen. Johnny Isakson, Ranking Member Sen. Jon Tester and House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Rep. Phil Roe, M.D.” Read the rest of this entry »


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