Veteran policy updates, week ending September 8

September 8, 2017


Hi everyone,

Here are a few items of interest to the veteran policy community. Like all of you, our thoughts are with all those whose lives have been upturned by the recent hurricanes. Have a safe weekend.

Press Releases from Senator King’s office:

Collins, King Announce Nearly $5 Million Award Contract for Dry Dock Designs at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the U.S. Navy has awarded Stantec Consulting Services $4,914,828 for architect-engineering services for the dry dock number one superflood basin at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) in Kittery.


(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.)

September Marks Suicide Prevention Month,VA Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, September 1, 2017

WASHINGTON – The message from the Department of Veterans Affairs to the friends and families of Veterans during Suicide Prevention Month is simple: Be There.

“We know that in 2014, an average of 20 Veterans a day died in this country from suicide, which is 20 too many,” said VA Secretary David J. Shulkin. “This is a national public health crisis requiring a national public health approach. When it comes to preventing Veteran suicide, VA can’t – and should not – do this alone.”

VA Unveils Claims Submission Option That Promises to Complete Claims within 30 Days, September 7, 2017

WASHINGTON — Today, as part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) continued efforts to improve timeliness of services for Veterans and their families, VA unveiled the Decision Ready Claims (DRC) initiative, a disability claims submission option with accredited Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) that promises to deliver faster claims decisions to Veterans and their families.

U.S. Department of Labor reports: Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.7 Percent in August

In August 2017, the veteran unemployment rate was 3.7 percent, down from 4.3 percent last August (Lowest August veteran employment rate since 2007). In comparison, the non-veteran unemployment rate for August 2017 was 4.4 percent (not seasonally adjusted). Additionally, Gulf War II-era veterans (those who served after September 11, 2001) showed a rate of 4.2 percent for the month.View the full report.

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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