Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ken Cuccinelli Unveils Five Specific Proposals for Veterans





Senator Ken Cuccinelli Unveils Proposals to Better Prepare the AG's Office to Advocate on Behalf of Our Veterans

Announces five specific proposals to better equip Virginia to provide for our Veterans.

Senator Cuccinelli's five proposals include:

1. Designating and training two attorneys in the Attorneys General's office to better and more frequently help Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS) agents win individual claim cases. These attorneys would also serve as additional training resources for VDVS agents and in-state Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) in Virginia.

2. Providing more regular and professional training for our VDVS agents and in-state VSO's.

3. Establishing a regular email newsletter with Attorney General's office contributions to inform Virginia veteran's of what benefits are available to them, how to access them, as well as keeping up (along with VSO and VDVS agents) with changes in federal law.

4. Ensuring that Virginia and its localities, unlike some other states, complies fully with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).

5. Amend Virginia's election laws to guarantee the timely delivery of BOTH absentee ballot requests and the ballots themselves to military members overseas.
Joining Senator Cuccinelli on the call were three veterans.

Paul Galanti of Richmond had this to say about Senator Cuccinelli, "I am proud to support Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General. His support for Veterans is more than just words. It has been backed with years of service with the Pro-Bono Veterans Consortium as an Attorney representing Veterans in the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims as they attempted to obtain benefits for injuries obtained during their service in the military. Ken's leadership, experience and commitment to veterans is a testament to his character and his support to those who wear our country's uniform."

Joe McCain of Alexandria, also on the call, stated in support of Senator Cuccinelli, "As a Vietnam veteran, I gladly support Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General. He is an outstanding person who has served the people of Virginia effectively as an attorney, then as a state senator since 2002. He has made a public commitment to veterans ... I have heard him say so many times. From the first time I met Ken, I admired the ethical tone that permeates his thinking, and know that he will serve the public in Virginia as well as any Attorney General ever has."

Another call participant, Roger Sullivan of Richmond, stated that "Ken is committed to working to solve many of the issues facing veterans. There is a great need for what he plans to do to help veterans, and I really appreciate his efforts."

Proposal #5 is long overdue as with the previous 2008 National Election problems with overseas and military votes in Virginia. I am glad to see Ken Cuccinelli take the lead here considering the obvious present administration lack of respect for this issue as noted below:

...the state of Virginia --- whose governor also happens to be the chairman of the Democrat National Committee --- went to court to disenfranchise military voters in that state's upcoming elections.

Thanks Ken Cuccinelli for supporting Virginia veterans and military personnel who choose to serve this great country.

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