Detachment of New Jersey
Legislative Committee

Patrick Gallagher, Chairman

Updated May 25, 2016

some of the things going on with the legislate committee , that national is pushing that all american's get out and vote !!!!


         Vote ,Vote, Vote,Vote !!!!

         Let your voice be heard 

call your local elected officials. find out from them what they are doing to help our veterans ,and keep them safe,and to take care of them the right way. 

just a reminder the american legion family is non political .try not take pictures with your cover on (your s.a.l hat )with any politician or someone running for office ,for more information go to ,or call department head quarters for more info.

head quarters office number is 609-695-5418 


     All current Legislative articles and updates are given to the Detachment Adjutant to be put in the Detachment minutes, it would be to much to have on this page. If you need some information on a certain items feel free to either phone or E-Mail me at the following numbers. My cell phone is 848-992-4337 or E-Mail,  You can also go on the National Website for the American Legion or S.A.L. at

                                                                                         For God and Country,

                                                                                         Patrick Gallagher

                                                                                         P.D.C. sq.346



Provide help for veterans struggling with
mental health issues and brain injuries
The American Legion has dedicated extensive resources to
studying the devastating effects of Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Additional
resources and alternative treatments must be provided
as options for veterans and servicemembers in need of
treatment for brain injuries and mental stress.
Contact: Larry Provost
Ensure transition programs are not adversely
affected by sequestration
Sequestration cuts are having an impact on servicemen
and women who are transitioning to the civilian world. The
primary issue is that Transition Assistance Programs (TAP)
face budget shortfalls as Department of Defense funds are
being squeezed to accommodate security goals. At the
same time, reductions in force strength are forcing more
servicemembers out. Congress must act to reverse these
cuts and ensure that transitioning servicemembers are
able to make contributions in the civilian workforce.
Contact: Shaun Rieley
Create opportunities for veterans in the private sector
The Legion calls on Congress to implement a proposed pilot
program that would subsidize businesses and non-profit
organizations that create on-the-job training opportunities
for veterans. Additionally, extend and improve the Work
Opportunity Tax Credit for hiring veterans under the VOW Act.
Contact: Shaun Rieley
Provide top education through Post-9/11 GI Bill
As the founding author of the original GI Bill, The
American Legion is continuing to press for legislation
to help transitioning servicemembers receive quality
education benefits. The Legion believes that veterans
should be allowed to convert GI Bill education funds into
capital for business start-ups. These grants would further
the goal of growing the veteran-owned small business
industry, which, in turn, would generate jobs for veterans.
Contact: Shaun Rieley
Fully fund a superior national defense
as the global war on terror rages on
The global war on terrorism is continuing to pose a
threat to America’s security and national interests.
It is critical to maintain a well-funded Department
of Defense to ensure a strong national defense to
protect America and its allies from enemies such as
the Islamic State. Additionally, The American Legion
strongly advocates for a good quality of life for
troops and a sensible transition from military service
to civilian life. The Legion vows to hold our elected
leaders responsible and fight against those who seek
to jeopardize the benefits promised to past, present
and future servicemembers. The severity of sequester
cuts has been lessened, however force reductions
continue and the military remains in a recovery mode
after absorbing recent dramatic cuts.
Contact: Dean Stoline
Continue efforts to reform VA
When news broke about veterans dying while
waiting for VA appointments and secret wait lists, The
American Legion led the way in championing reform.
Last year’s passage of the Veterans Access Choice
and Accountability Act was a promising first step.
But there is need for continued improvement and
reform such as strengthening the oversight program.
Veterans must have faith that the health-care system
designed for them will be there to meet their needs.
Contact: Larry Provost
Support more efficient VA claims systems
The American Legion calls on Congress to support
VBA’s ongoing transformation of the benefits claims
processing system, while providing aggressive
oversight to ensure it is completed properly, with
sufficient funding to finish developing and deploying
its new Veterans Benefits Management System, as
well as support for the complete digital conversion of
all active paper claims files.
Contact: Larry Provost
End veteran homelessness
The American Legion believes that not a single man
or woman who has defended our nation should
be forced to sleep on the streets at night. The
Legion supports the goal of eliminating veterans’
homelessness by 2015 and calls on Congress to
pledge necessary resources to accomplish this goal,
including medical, rehabilitative and employment
assistance to homeless veterans and their families.
The programs in place are working. It is essential
that their funding continues in order to eradicate
this problem.
Contact: Shaun Rieley
Oppose further increases in TRICARE fees,
including prescription drug fees
The American Legion opposes any measures that
would further dilute benefits including TRICARE
coverage and military retiree benefits. Increased
out-of-pocket costs to individual military retirees,
including higher prescription co-payments, devalue
incentives for military careers.
Contact: Dean Stoline
Repeal unfair offsets that penalize
disabled veterans and widows
VA disability compensation should not be offset
from military retired pay regardless of the VA
rating percentage, nor should VA survivor benefits
(DIC) be offset from military Survivor Benefit Plan
annuities. The American Legion supports legislation
that would repeal those unjust offsets now.
Contact: Dean Stoline
Protect the American Flag
The American Legion remains committed to
protecting Old Glory, and continues to support
legislation that safeguards our nation’s flag from
physical desecration.

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S.1885 Veteran Housing Stability Act of 2015S.1870 Veterans Entrepreneurial Transition Act of 2015 or the VET Act of 2015S.1693 Veterans Emergency Health Safety Net Expansion Act of 2015S.1676 Delivering Opportunities for Care and Services for Veterans Act of 2015 or the DOCs for Veterans Act of 2015S.1451 Veterans' Survivors Claims Processing Automation Act of 2015S.1450 Department of Veterans Affairs Emergency Medical Staffing Recruitment and Retention ActS.1400 Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act of 2015S.1358 Hmong Veterans' Service Recognition ActS.1203 21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery ActS.1085 Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act of 2015S.1082 Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability Act of 2015S.1021 Wounded Warrior Workforce Enhancement ActS.901 Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015S.717 Community Provider Readiness Recognition Act of 2015S.684 Homeless Veterans Prevention Act of 2015S.681 Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2015S.602 GI Bill Fairness Act of 2015S.564 Veterans Hearing Aid Access and Assistance ActS.563 Physician Ambassadors Helping Veterans ActS.471 Women Veterans Access to Quality Care Act of 2015S.469 Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act of 2015S.425 Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act of 2015S.290 Increasing the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability to Veterans Act of 2015S.290 Increasing the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability to Veterans Act of 2015S.271 Retired Pay Restoration Act of 2015S.242 Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015S.210 Military Spouse Job Continuity Act of 2015H.R.3106 Construction Reform Act of 2015H.R.3016 VA Provider Equity ActH.R.2975 Protect Veterans from Financial Fraud ActH.R.2915 Female Veteran Suicide Prevention ActH.R.2914 Build a Better VA ActH.R.2914 Build a Better VA ActH.R.2894 Caregivers Access and Responsible Expansion for All Veterans Act or the CARE for All Veterans ActH.R.2855 .Veterans Education Flexibility ActH.R.2835 Border Jobs for Veterans Act of 2015H.R.2691 Veterans' Survivors Claims Processing Automation Act of 2015H.R.2605 Veterans Fiduciary Reform Act of 2015H.R.2555 Veteran Wellness ActH.R.2464 Demanding Accountability for Veterans Act of 2015H.R.2460 Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into an agreement or a contract with each state home to pay for adult day health care for a veteran eligible for, but not receiving, nursing home careH.R.2361 Work-Study for Student Veterans ActH.R.2360 Career-Ready Student Veterans ActH.R.2344 Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Improvement Act of 2015H.R.2275 Jobs for Veterans Act of 2015H.R.2214 Disabled Veterans' Access to Medical Exams Improvement ActH.R.2133 Servicemembers' Choice in Transition ActH.R.2001 Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection ActH.R.1994 VA Accountability Act of 2015H.R.1948 Veterans' Access to Child Care ActH.R.1862 Veterans' Credit Protection ActH.R.1769 Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015H.R.1694 Fairness to Veterans for Infrastructure Investment Act of 2015H.R.1607 Ruth Moore Act of 2015H.R.1581 Veterans Education Tax Security Act of 2015' or the `VETS Act of 2015H.R.1575 To amend title 38, United States Code, to make permanent the pilot program on counseling in retreat settings for women veterans newly separated from service in the Armed Forces.H.R.1496 To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the access to child care for certain veterans receiving health care at a facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs.H.R.1414 Pay As You Rate ActH.R.1399 Veteran Education Empowerment ActH.R.1384 Honor America's Guard-Reserve Retirees ActH.R.1380 Authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish a medallion or other device to signify the veteran status of a deceased individual, to be attached to a headstone or marker furnished at private expense, regardless of the date of death of such individual.H.R.1379 Directs the Board of Veterans' Appeals, upon determining that there is insufficient evidence to make a decision in a claimant's appeal case, to take such steps as necessary to develop the evidence needed to make a decision. Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to ensure that the Board has access to such information as may be necessary to develop such evidence. Prohibits the Board from remanding any appeal case to the Veterans Benefits Administration.H.R.1369 Veterans Access to Extended Care Act of 2015H.R.1356 Women Veterans Access to Quality Care Act of 2015H.R.1338 Dignified Interment of Our Veterans Act of 2015H.R.1331 Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2015H.R.1313 Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Relief ActH.R.1302 VA Appeals Backlog Relief ActH.R.1187 To amend title 38, United States Code, to adjust certain limits on the guaranteed amount of a home loan under the home loan program of the Department of Veterans Affairs.H.R.1141 GI Bill Fairness Act of 2015H.R.1129 Veterans' Whistleblower and Patient Protection Act of 2015H.R.1067 U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Reform ActH.R.1016 Biological Implant Tracking and Veteran Safety Act of 2015H.R.1015 Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2015H.R.969 Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2015H.R.732 Veterans Access to Speedy Review ActH.R.675 Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2015H.R.643 Veterans Education Survey Act of 2015H.R.627 Includes as a homeless veteran, for purposes of eligibility for benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs, a veteran or veteran's family who: (1) is fleeing domestic or dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other dangerous or life-threatening conditions in the individual's or family's current housing situation; and (2) has no other residence and lacks the resources or support networks to obtain other permanent housing.H.R.593 Aurora VA Hospital Financing and Construction Reform Act of 2015H.R.571 Veterans Affairs Retaliation Prevention Act of 2015H.R.476 GI Bill Education Quality Enhancement Act of 2015H.R.475 GI Bill Processing Improvement Act of 2015H.R.474 Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act of 2015H.R.473 Increasing the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability to Veterans Act of 2015H.R.456 Reducing Barriers for Veterans Education Act of 2015H.R.423 Newborn Care Improvement ActH.R.421 Classified Veterans Access to Care ActH.R.366 .Putting Our Veterans Back to Work Act of 2015H.R.359 Veterans Dog Training Therapy ActH.R.359 Veterans Dog Training Therapy ActH.R.356 Wounded Warrior Employment Improvement ActH.R.344 Manufacturing Jobs for Veterans ActH.R.333 Disabled Veterans Tax Termination ActH.R.313 Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015H.R.303 Retired Pay Restoration ActH.R.272 Medal of Honor Priority Care ActH.R.271 Creating Options for Veterans Expedited Recovery Act or the COVER ActH.R.182Amends veterans' educational assistance program reporting requirements under which enrolled veterans (or eligible persons) and educational institutions must report enrollment information to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Requires individuals and educational institutions participating in the post-Vietnam era and post-9/11 veterans' educational assistance programs to report to the Secretary such enrollment and any updates on interruption or termination of the education

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