Should the VA’s Process for Covering Veterans’ Exposure to Toxic Substances be Streamlined? (H.R. 3967)

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    I am a Marine Mom. My son, a Marine Veteran, Aaron Tyler Crum is incarcerated at the Michael Unit in Texas.  He has no criminal history.  He defended his home in Texas from an unlawful entry and he was restrained and beaten by three men. He was found guilty of murder and is serving a 50 year sentence.  I am fighting on his behalf as an incarcerated veteran and other incarcerated veterans. When incarcerated if you are a felon, the VA reduces your pay.  Additionally incarcerated veterans have to rely on prison medial care which is non existent.
    My son was honorably discharged.  He served in Afghanistan.  He worked in the burn pits picking out the trash that did not burn.  He breathed in toxic fumes and handled toxic material.  He does not receive the disability compensation he is entitled to nor will he receive healthcare provided by the Pact Act Law.  The VA is discriminating against honorably discharged veterans. 

    I want a bill introduced "The Incarcerated Veterans Act" that will give incarcerated veterans their full disability compensation and healthcare provided by the Pact Act Law.  These veterans will be released with no money and many may be impacted by illness, cancers and terminally ill.

    What about disparities and inequities of incarcerated veterans not mentioned in the Equity Action Plan Summary U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs?


    Delivering equity through VA
    For VA, equity means intentionally committing to consistent and systematic fair, just and impartial treatment of all individuals and a just distribution of tools and resources to give veterans, including veterans who are members of underserved communities, what is required
    to enjoy a full, healthy life. In the 73 years since President Truman desegregated the military in 1948—making discrimination on the basis of race illegal in the armed forces – many forms of inequity persist in American society. VA is not excluded from the systemic injustices and inequities that pervade American society. For example, GI Bill and loan guaranty programs were instrumental in economic prosperity and access to homeownership for veterans in the postwar years, but many Black veterans lacked the same level of access. Additionally, exclusionary policies such as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell affected LGBTQI+ service members and led to the involuntary separation and denial of benefits for many LGBTQI+ veterans. Other instances of inequities faced by underserved veterans include disparities in claim rejection rates, unequal post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compensation rates, and address discipline and discharge disparities faced by underserved veterans. 

    Pact Act Law