Save Our
Vet's
This website is dedicated to
the raising of awareness of the
Plight of our Veterans trying to
get help through the VA
system! And to educate the
American Public to the
existence of the Vet Center
program with the intent of
procuring additional funding to
Save Our Veterans!!!

THE GOOD NEWS: is that Congress as allocated $2.2 Billion (yes, BILLION) of
what the VA is receiving to go directly to Mental Health! YEA!!

THE BAD NEWS: is that the VA is not giving ANY of it to the Vet Center Program!!!
Instead they are investing ALL $2.2 Billion into the ineffective Hospital systems!

But there IS something we can do about it... but we MUST do it NOW! Currently there is a Bill before
Congress to fund the Vet Center Program!
(see below) to ask that the $180 Million (less than 10%) get
diverted from the hospitals to fund this bill! There is no time to loose, for once the VA spends it - it is gone!
Now there is a second way to help Save Our Veterans!! In addition to sighing this petition, I am hoping that
you will take another minute of your time to e-mail your Congressman!! It is VERY simple!!
Just  click the following link to the "
Congress.org" website! Enter your zip code in the "Take Action Now"
box and hit GO. Toggle the "Compose Your Own Letter" and take the next step! Then send them an e-mail
and ask them to support his Act! Please don't delay! Do it now!!!
Thank you!!! Jonelle
Feel free to copy and paste the following letter....
Federal Insider  Friday, June 24, 2005
Funds for Health Care of
Veterans $1 Billion Short
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State: Federal
Chamber: Senate
Bill Number: S. 716
Sponsor: Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI)
Last Sponsor Date: Apr. 06, 2005

Vet Center Enhancement Act of 2005 (Introduced in Senate)

S 716 IS

109th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 716
To amend title 38, United States Code, to enhance services provided by vet centers, to clarify and
improve the provision of bereavement counseling by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for
other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 6, 2005
Mr. AKAKA (for himself, Mr. ROCKEFELLER, and Mr. CONRAD) introduced the following bill; which
was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs
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A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to enhance services provided by vet centers, to clarify and
improve the provision of bereavement counseling by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for
other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Vet Center Enhancement Act of 2005'.

SEC. 2. EXPANSION OF OUTREACH ACTIVITIES OF VET CENTERS.

(a) Additional Outreach Workers- The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall employ
not more than 50 veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom for the
purpose of providing outreach to veterans on the availability of readjustment counseling and
related mental health services for veterans under section 1712A of title 38, United States Code.

(b) Construction With Current Outreach Program- The veterans employed under subsection (a) are
in addition to any veterans employed by the Secretary for the purpose described in that subsection
under the February 2004 program of the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide outreach
described in that subsection.

(c) Assignment to Vet Centers- The Secretary may assign any veteran employed under subsection
(a) to any vet center that the Secretary considers appropriate in order to meet the purpose
described in that subsection.

(d) Inapplicability and Termination of Limitation on Duration of Employment- Any limitation on the
duration of employment of veterans under the program described in subsection (b) is hereby
terminated, and shall not apply to veterans employed under such program or under this section.

(e) Employment Status- Veterans employed under subsection (a) shall be employed in career
conditional status, which is the employment status in which veterans are employed under the
program described in subsection (b).

(f) Definitions- In this section:

(1) VET CENTER- The term `vet center' means a center for the provision of readjustment counseling
and related mental health services under section 1712A of title 38, United States Code.

(2) VETERAN OF OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM OR OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM- The term
`veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom' means any veteran who
served in the Southwest Asia theater of operations during Operation Enduring Freedom or
Operation Iraqi Freedom.

SEC. 3. CLARIFICATION AND ENHANCEMENT OF BEREAVEMENT COUNSELING.

(a) Clarification of Members of Immediate Family Eligible for Counseling- Subsection (b) of section
1783 of title 38, United States Code, is amended--

(1) by inserting `(1)' before `The Secretary'; and

(2) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

`(2) For purposes of this subsection, the members of the immediate family of a member of the
Armed Forces described in paragraph (1) include the parents of such member.'.

(b) Provision of Counseling Through Vet Centers- Such section is further amended--

(1) by predesignating subsection (c) as subsection (d); and

(2) by inserting after subsection (b) the following new subsection (c):

`(c) Provision of Counseling Through Vet Centers- Bereavement counseling may be provided under
this section through the facilities and personnel of centers for the provision of readjustment
counseling and related mental health services under section 1712A of this title.'.

SEC. 4. FUNDING FOR VET CENTER PROGRAM.

There is authorized to be appropriated to the Department of Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2006,
$180,000,000 for the provision of readjustment counseling and related mental health services
through centers under section 1712A of title 38, United States Code, including for the discharge of
the requirements of this Act (and the amendments made by this Act).
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to send an e-mail to your Senator,
your Representative The President
,and to sign the petition!

Please include your name, hometown, state and
zip and  we will do the rest!
Thank you!
Sample E-Mail:
I am one of your constituents and I am very concerned that
current estimates say that 30% of our Veterans returning
from War in Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering from PTSD.
While the House has just allocated $2.2 Billion of the VA's
budget specifically to Mental Health, none of that money is
going to fund the Vet Center Program.
The Vet Center program has been proven to be the most
effective program available for our Veterans to get the help
they need to relieve them from the horrible suffering that
PTSD causes. I implore you to support this wonderful
program by supporting Bill #716! For less than 10% of the
money already allocated for Mental Health, the Vet Center
Program will have the funding they need to maintain and
expand their successful program to care for these brave
men and women!
Please vote for and help to pass Bill # S.716!!!  For more
information on the Vet Center Program, please go to
"SaveOurVets.com) Thank you!
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Representative The
President ,and to
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and  we will do the rest!
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to send an e-mail to
your Senator, your
Representative The
President ,and to sign
the petition!
Please include your name,
hometown, state and zip
and  we will do the rest!
Thank you!