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VFW Washington Weekly – November 5, 2010

In This Issue:
1. Election 2010 Results
2. New Compensation Payments Begin
3. Retroactive Stop-Loss Pay Going Unclaimed
4. IB Releases Critical Issues
5. Help Burger King Support Unmet Needs Program

1. Election 2010 Results: Significant changes are coming to the House Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committees, as a number of military and veteran champions were defeated in Tuesday's federal election.  The VFW asks that you thank those who are leaving for their service to the troops, and use this interim period to congratulate and offer to help educate the winners on why taking care of those who protect our nation and their families is a sacred responsibility.  We lost friends on Tuesday, but we will make new ones when the 112th Congress takes office in January, because the VFW's mission in Washington is to ensure legislators do what's right for national defense, homeland security, and for our servicemembers, veterans and their families. 

 2. New Compensation Payments Begin: The VA began paying disability compensation to Vietnam veterans who qualify under the three new presumptive illnesses associated with Agent Orange exposure — B-cell (or hairy-cell) leukemia, Parkinson’s disease and ischemic heart disease — but providing initial or increases to existing payments to the estimated 200,000 veterans who now qualify could take several months.  VA officials encourage all Vietnam veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange and suffer from one of the three diseases to make sure their applications have been submitted by calling 1-800-827-1000 or going online to www.fasttrack.va.gov.

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