Veteran policy updates, week of January 1, 2018

January 8, 2018


Happy New Year!

Here are a few items to recap from late last year, an item to help in planning your next trip to D.C., and some interesting articles and insights to consider this year. Stay warm, happy reading!

Press Releases from Senator King’s office:

In December Podcast, King Highlights Maine Veterans Supporting Fellow Veterans,Saturday, December 30, 2017

BRUNSWICK, ME – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today released the December edition of his Inside Maine podcast. In this edition, Senator King speaks with Travis Mills, a retired Army veteran, quadruple amputee and founder of the Travis Mills Foundation in Maine. Senator King then speaks with Jack Richards, a veteran and board member of the Veteran Mentors of Maine program. Senator King and his guests discuss how best help Maine veterans successfully transition into civilian life after service.

King, Veterans Hold Conversation on New VA Positions in Maine,Monday, December 18, 2017

PORTLAND, ME – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today joined local veterans and veteran advocates at American Legion Post 153 in Auburn to discuss the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) announcement, made last week, that it will fund three new positions in Maine to better serve the needs of justice-involved Maine veterans confronting homelessness, mental health, or substance abuse issues. The funding will support a Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) Specialist, a Health Care for Re-entry Veterans (HCRV) coordinator, and a specialist focused on veteran suicide prevention.

Thinking about visiting D.C.? Stop by for Capitol Coffee!

Senator King says, “Every Wednesday morning the Senate is in session from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., I am pleased to host “Capitol Coffee with Angus” – an opportunity for Mainers in the area to stop by my office, say hello, and talk about issues important to them. Along with coffee, we are proud to provide homemade blueberry bread made with real Maine blueberries!

Our office is located in 133 Hart Senate Office Building. RSVPs are not required. If you have any questions, please feel free to call my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-5344. I hope to see you there!”

Please see the attached 2018 U.S. Senate Calendar, 115th Congress, 2nd Session


(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.)

VAto Take Immediate Actions on Timely Payments to Community Providers,VA Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, January 2, 2018

WASHINGTON— Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a series of immediate actions to improve the timeliness of payments to community providers.The actions will address the issue of delayed payments head-on and produce sustainable fixes that solve ongoing payment issues that affect Veterans, community providers and other VA partners.

Chairwoman and New Members Appointed to VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans ,VA Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, January 3, 2018

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the appointment of a new chairwoman and four new members to the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, an expert panel that advises the VA Secretary on issues and programs of importance to women Veterans, their families and caregivers.

Button, Eric D., “The Diffusion of Veterans Treatment Courts: An Examination of Political, Social, and Economic Determinants at the County Level” (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 2534.

(Partial) Abstract: In 2008, leading U.S. counties adopted innovative treatment courts specializing in the unique needs of veterans with substance abuse and other legal issues. Since then, pro-veteran advocacy has aided in the continued diffusion of additional veterans treatment courts (VTCs), with more than 300 county and state-level VTCs currently operating in 46 states across the country.

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<span “times=”” new=”” roman”‘;=”” font-size:=”” 11pt;=”” font-weight:=”” bold;=”” text-decoration:=”” underline;=”” color:=”” #0563c1;’=””>Long Journeys Home: American Veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam,<span “times=”” new=”” roman”‘;=”” font-size:=”” 11pt;=”” font-weight:=”” bold;=”” text-decoration:=”” underline;=”” color:=”” #0563c1;’=””>by Michael D. Gambone, Texas A&M University Press, © 2017

<span “times=”” new=”” roman”‘;’=””>In the modern history of American veterans, it is sometimes difficult to separate myth from fact. The men and women who served in World War II are routinely praised as heroes; the “Greatest Generation,” after all, triumphed over fascism and successfully reentered postwar society. Veterans of the Vietnam War, on the other hand, occupy a different thread in the postwar narrative, sometimes as a threat to society but usually as victims of it; these vets returned home to a combination of disdain, fear, and prolonged suffering. And until very recently, both the public and historians have largely overlooked veterans of the Korean War altogether; the hit television show M*A*S*H was set in Korea but was more about Vietnam…

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<span “times=”” new=”” roman”‘;’=””>As always, I am eager to hear from you.<span “times=”” new=”” roman”‘;’=””>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 |

Post expires at 5:44am on Saturday February 10th, 2018

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