From the Hill – December 2021

NEPVA submits testimony to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs

NEPVA was proud to submit testimony to the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs in support of three pieces of legislation that would have a direct impact on our members lives in Massachusetts: An Act relative to parking at certain airports; An Act relative to 100% disabled veteran recreation; and, An Act relative to emergency medical transportation provided to veterans.

 

  • An Act relative to parking at certain airports
    Our Chapter supported H. 3684, An Act relative to parking at certain airports. We believe parking at airports should be both free and accessible for disabled veterans.
  • An Act relative to 100% disabled veteran recreation
    Our Chapter also fully supported H. 3636, An Act relative to 100% Disabled Veteran Recreation. Any Massachusetts resident who is a 100 percent disabled veteran should be entitled to any hunting or fishing license offered by the Commonwealth without fee or cost.
  • An Act relative to emergency medical transportation provided to veterans
    Finally, our Chapter also urged favorable consideration of H.3696, An Act relative to emergency medical transportation provided to veterans. We believe our disabled veterans have earned the benefit to receive full reimbursement of expenses for emergency medical transportation services to local hospitals or veteran’s affairs hospitals. No veteran should have to hesitate to call for emergency services because of the prohibitive costs associated with getting medical care.

In his testimony, Chapter President Michael Negrete asked the Committee, “to consider the daily challenges faced by veterans who gave so much to protect our Nation’s way of life.” We believe these bills will benefit our members and are small but important steps in thanking veterans for their service and sacrifice. I look forward to keeping you updated on the progress of this legislation, and aware of our efforts in all of the New England states.

Opportunity to participate in the 2022 Pushing Access Forward Advocacy/Legislation Seminar

The 2022 annual Advocacy/Legislation Seminar will be held virtually March 7th – March 11th. The seminar provides participants with in-depth knowledge of PVA’s legislative priorities and an opportunity to meet (virtually!) with Members of Congress and/or their staff. These meetings are incredibly important to our work at NEPVA, and often result in Members of Congress signing onto our priority legislation. 

If you are interested in participating and joining our growing NEPVA advocacy team, please reach out to me at kristen@newenglandpva.org or 571-289-8276. I look forward to speaking with you and telling you more about this opportunity!

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