Maloney Launches Veterans Advisory BoardJul 2nd, 2013 | By HV Insider | Category: Featured Articles
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney hosted the first meeting of his Veterans Advisory Board, where a diverse cross section of the Hudson Valley’s current and retired service members discussed issues facing the veteran’s community. At the first of many roundtables, Rep. Maloney listened to board members concerns regarding the VA disability claims backlog, the President’s proposed medical treatment fee increases, educational and employment opportunities, and sexual assault in the military. The Veterans Advisory Board includes former and retired service members from the United States Army, Army Reserve, Marine Corps, Navy, Navy Reserve, and New York Army National Guard.
“Our veterans’ sacrifices don’t end when they return home, and neither should our commitment to them. Tens of thousands of our neighbors in the Hudson Valley are veterans, hearing about their concerns directly helps me better fight to deliver on that commitment,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, the son of a Navy veteran. “The veterans and service members in the Hudson Valley fought for our freedoms, and they deserve to have a representative who will fight hard for them.”
“It is great to see Representative Maloney bring such a diverse group of veterans together, who represent all different branches of the military and who served during different eras, to work on issues that are unique to the Hudson Valley,” said Col. John Hussey, chair of the Veterans Advisory Board. “I look forward to working closely with Rep. Maloney as a partner to veterans in our community.”
With over 12,000 New York and Hudson Valley veterans waiting on disability claims with the average wait time 471 days, Rep. Maloney recently introduced the Disabled Veterans Red Tape Reduction Act. Maloney also joined his colleagues in support of a legislative package featuring his legislation, which seeks to bolster the VA’s current efforts to modernize and foster further innovation in order to get veterans’ claims and compensation settled faster. Rep. Maloney is also a co-sponsor of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2013, which would allow blue water veterans who served up to 12 miles off-shore in Vietnam presumptive coverage for Agent Orange exposure.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney has launched an online page devoted to assisting the tens of thousands of veterans in the Hudson Valley. Rep. Maloney currently has an advocate on staff to help veterans with their claims for educational, disability, retirement, medical, burial, spousal and dependents’ benefits as well as the correction of military records and medals. So far, Representative Maloney has helped return more than $575,000 to folks in retroactive veteran’s benefits. Recently, he announced that he will also be hiring a disabled veteran through the Wounded Warrior Program.