ROA and other associations met with the staff of Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) to discuss strategies of getting the veterans status legislation passed in the Senate. This legislation would recognize retired Guard and Reserve members who were never activated long enough to be defined as veterans.
Last week, the House Veterans Subcommittee on Disability Assistance & Memorial Affairs accepted an amendment for inclusion in this year’s Veterans Affairs bill. This mark-up will be sent to the House Veterans Affairs committee, and it is hoped that the House will pass the final bill in September. The legislation will still have to go through the Senate Veterans Affairs committee, and be passed by the Senate as a whole, likely in the lame duck session after the November election.