Commission on Civil Rights Holds Hearing on Veterans and Service Member Rights

Americans with Disabilities Act signOn May 31, 2013, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights held a hearing on “Protecting the Civil Rights of Our Veterans and Service Members.”  Three panels of government officials and veterans' advocates spoke about how well the federal government was safeguarding their rights and providing needed benefits.

Representatives from the federal government included Principle Deputy Undersecretary for Health, Robert Jesse, Department of Veterans Affairs, Deputy Director Kenan Torrans, Office of National Programs Veterans Employment and Training Service Department of Labor and Acting Director, Matt Boehmer, Federal Voting and Assistance Program Department of Defense.  Testimony was heard from a number of veterans' advocacy groups including United Spinal/VetsFirst, the American GI Forum, Black Veterans for Social Justice and American Veterans for Equal Rights. 

Issues discussed were the need to inform separating service members about rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the need for better long term care options and information, sharing of information by the Department of Defense, and needed assistance with late-occurring claims. 

For more information or to watch recordings of the proceedings go to http://www.c-spanvideo.org/event/219535.

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