Veteran Policy Update: Senator King’s press releases and social media; articles of interest; upcoming events

January 7, 2019

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year!

From Senator King’s Social Media: 

Last month, the Senate passed my resolution honoring the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. During World War II, the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps was essential to the health and well-being of servicemembers and American citizens at home and abroad. In a time of unprecedented conflict for our nation, the Cadet Nurse Corps answered the call to duty, and we owe them our deepest gratitude for their dedication to our country. It was an honor to lead my Senate colleagues to recognize their commitment to the common defense and the American people.     Press Releases from Senator King’s office:  Senators Collins, King Reintroduce “Red Flag” Bill to Prevent Gun Violence While Protecting Second Amendment Rights, January 4, 2019  Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) joined Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jack Reed (D-RI) in reintroducing the bipartisan  Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Prevention Act .  The legislation would encourage states to enact laws giving law enforcement or family members the authority to prevent individuals posing a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing firearms, while still providing due process protections.    King Sworn in for Second Term, January 3, 2019  As King is sworn in amidst government shutdown, he reasserts his commitment to spend second term building consensus, solving problems, and lifting up the work of Maine people  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement after being sworn in for his second term in the U.S. Senate:   Sens. Collins, King and Rep. Pingree Announce Contract Award to Build Additional Destroyer at Bath Iron Works, December 21, 2018  Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representative Chellie Pingree announced today that the Navy is exercising its option under the fiscal years (FY) 2018-2022 multiyear procurement contract awarded in September to build an additional DDG-51 destroyer at Bath Iron Works (BIW) for $910,723,811. This FY 2019 option ship is in addition to  four ships the Navy awarded the shipyard under the multiyear contract .  U.S. Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer called Senators Collins and King and Representative Pingree to inform them of the award .    King Statement on Departure of Secretary of Defense James Mattis, December 21, 2018  BRUNSWICK, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement on the announcement that Secretary of Defense James Mattis would be leaving the Trump Administration at the end of February: —  Senator King co-sponsored (links to for more details):  S. 3786 – A bill to require the Secretary of Defense to conduct a study on cyberexploitation of members of the Armed Forces and their families, and for other purposes.  ICYMI  (Links to the following news and research items are offered in the spirit of outreach and public education. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the Senator or his staff.)  Need to connect someone with the  Veterans Crisis Line ?  With an iPhone you can simply say, “ Hey Siri, call the veterans crisis line ,” and it will do so automatically, even if you do not have the number already saved in your contacts (1-800-273-8255).  With Android phones say “ OK Google, call the veterans crisis line ”.  I tried it both ways – it works!  Katie Fellows, Senator King’s Director of Service Academy Nominations writes:  Do you know a high school junior who is looking at post-secondary options? Are they interested in service, as well as a free college education? We encourage all high schoolers to consider a U.S. service academy. There are 5 federal service academies: the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy. In order to apply, a student must receive a nomination from one of their Members of Congress.  Click here to watch a video prepared together by the 5 academies as an introduction to their institutions. The application cycle has ended for Mainers in their senior year of high school, but interested younger students should consider attending our next Service Academy night in Bangor in April, or the one in Portland in September. Juniors should also explore the academies ’ summer seminars – applications for those are often due soon! Watch our web site for more details on Service Academy Night later this winter! Please direct any questions you might have to Katie Fellows, our Director of Service Academy Nominations, in our Scarborough office at 883-1588. — A note about the Women’s Memorial by Sarah Sherman, Maine Bureau of Veteran Services  The Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services has partnered with U.S. Navy Veteran, Senior Chief Joy Asuncion, who is Maine’s ambassador to the Women in Military Service for America Memorial to help encourage Maine’s female veterans and/or their families to register their service with the Women’s Memorial. Would your offices be willing to help us spread the word? This project spans from the Revolutionary War through present day and it is estimated that over three million women have served in the military, but currently only about 266,000 of them are registered at the memorial. I’ve included a link to the Women’s Memorial – and the link to the Boothbay Register article – for your review. — VA awards Community Care Network contracts to increase health care access, Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, December 28, 2018  WASHINGTON  — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarded contracts Dec. 28 to manage provider networks for  Regions 1, 2 and 3  of VA’s new  Community Care Network (CCN) , the department’s direct link with community providers that will ensure VA provides the right care at the right time to Veterans.  — Registration opens for 2019 National Veterans Wheelchair Games, Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, December 28, 2018  Event to be held July 11-16 in Louisville, KY  WASHINGTON  — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that Veterans interested in registering for the 2019  National Veterans Wheelchair Games  can do so  online  Jan. 7 through April 15.  Presented by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and  Paralyzed Veterans of America  (PVA), the world’s largest sports event for Veterans who use wheelchairs will be held July 11-16 at  Robley Rex VA Medical Center  in Louisville, Kentucky. The event is a sports and rehabilitation competition to engage Veterans who use wheelchairs due to spinal cord injuries, amputations or other neurological conditions. Webinars and other events:  The Maine Veterans Coordinating Committee’s next meeting is Monday, January 7 th , 2019  The Maine Veterans Coordinating Committee is established as a nonprofit, nonpartisan and nonsectarian organization for the purpose of serving the State’s congressional delegation, the Legislature, local governments and the general public as a clearinghouse of information and suggested legislation regarding veterans’ issues at local, state and federal levels.  MVCC meetings are the first Monday of the month, September – June  The January 7 th , 2019 meeting will be held at the VA Togus Theater, 5PM  All are welcome.  FMI: David Patch,    Point In Time Count of Maine’s Homeless Veterans
January 22, 2019
For More Information: Call Janice Lara-Hewey (207-272-9210) or email .
For Volunteer Opportunities Contact: Jerry Dewitt (207-576-0376) or email .   —  As always, I am eager to hear from you. Thank you for all that you are doing! Please feel free to call or write.    Best Regards,

Teague Morris
Outreach Director | Senator Angus S. King, Jr., Maine
4 Gabriel Drive, Suite 3 | Augusta, ME 04330
Tel: 207-622-8292 | Tel:1-800-432-1599| Cell: 207-252-8997
Fax: 207-621-0286 |

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