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Delta Caucus Supports Legislation Improving Veterans Benefits and Services Sponsored by Sen. Boozman (AR)

Posted on May 25, 2022 at 12:05 PM

The Greater Delta Region has a large number of veterans throughout our eight states, so we support constructive legislation on veterans issues sponsored by Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) and endorsed by many other Members of Congress in the region.

The legislation includes a broad range of provisions to modernize Veterans Affairs (VA) services and expend benefits to those who have given such vital service to our nation.

Boozman is a senior member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. His father was a Master Sergeant in the US Army and his longstanding, diligent work on veterans issues is commendable.

Recently Congress advanced several bills sponsored by Boozman that are expected to be signed into law:

The Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas Supporting Expanded Review for Veterans in Combat Environments (SERVICE) Act that will require the VA to conduct mammograms for all women who served in areas associated with burn pits and other toxic exposures regardless of age, symptoms or family history.

The Making Advances in Mammography and Medical Options (MAMMO) for Veterans Act, which will require the VA to develop a strategic plan to improve breast imaging services, create a tele-mammography pilot program for veterans in areas where the VA does not offer in-house mammography and expand veterans’ access to clinical trials through partnerships with the National Cancer Institute. The legislation would also require the VA to upgrade all in-house breast imaging to 3D mammography, which is considered the gold standard of imaging technology.

The Strengthening Oversight for Veterans Act of 2021, a measure to provide the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) with the authority to subpoena testimony from former VA employees who have left federal service, former contractor personnel who performed work for the department, or other potentially relevant individuals during its inspections, reviews and investigations.

Thanks very much. Lee Powell, Delta Caucus (202) 360-6347