HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

VETERANS' AFFAIRS

 

 

January 18, 2005   Hearing Room C

8:30 A.M.      Tapes 3 - 4

(Corrected 07-08-05)

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Donna Nelson, Chair

Rep. Phil Barnhart, Vice-Chair

Rep. Debi Farr, Vice-Chair

Rep. Brian Boquist

Rep. Scott Bruun

Rep. Dave Hunt

Rep. Betty Komp

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Jim Stembridge, Committee Administrator

Erin Seiler, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:        

                                                Veterans’ Issues - Informational Meeting

                                                    

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 3, A

001

Chair Nelson

Opens the meeting at 8:32a.m. Opens an informational meeting on Veterans’ Issues.

VETERANS’ ISSUES - INFORMATIONAL  MEETING

072

Congresswoman Darlene Hooley

District 5. Summaries objectives and goals of the U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Speaks about the needs of veterans that are not being met by current veterans’ programs and services.

133

Congresswoman Hooley

Identifies what veterans’ needs that are not being met by veterans’ programs and services.

176

Congresswoman Hooley

Addresses the need to provide all soldiers and veterans with physical and mental health care insurance coverage.

208

Rep. Hunt

Asks what veterans’ issues should be considered priority.

224

Congresswoman Hooley

Identifies the concerns and issues that the state should focus on.

 

TAPE 4, A

007

Chair Nelson

Summarizes the goals of the Committee, noting concern regarding low recruitment numbers.

025

Congresswoman Hooley

Identifies reasons why recruitment and retention has been difficult for the military.  

161

Rep. Barnhart

Comments on the efforts and work of Congressman Peter DeFazio.

173

Chair Nelson

Recesses the meeting at 9:13 a.m.

174

Chair Nelson

Reconvenes the meeting at 9:21 a.m.

177

Chair Nelson

Recognizes Kevin O’ Reilly from Oregon Paralyzed Veterans’ of America.

201

Jim Willis

Director, Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA). Explains how to mitigate the impact of deployment on the soldiers and their families.

269

Willis

Explains what needs of soldiers are not currently being met and why the federal government has the best resources for addressing these issues. 

323

Willis

Addresses the need to properly fund healthcare programs for veterans.

379

Willis

Explains the Veterans’ Home Loan Program and why Congress must amend Internal Revenue Service statutes so that ODVA can continue provide loans.

TAPE 3, B

069

Willis

Speaks to the difficulty of finding employment for veterans and soldiers returning for combat.

121

Willis

Speaks to the lack of funding for educational benefits and why the amount of assistance provided by the state needs to increase.

200

Gerard  Lorang

Regional Director, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Summarizes the general type of services and benefits available to veterans through the federal government.

 

 

Gives an overview of the department’s organizational structure, intergovernmental relationships, and funding sources.

 

289

Lorang

Addresses the availability of education and healthcare benefits.

321

Lorang

Addresses the type of assistance that is available to a veteran seeking secondary education and employment.

379

Lorang

Addresses the compensation benefits available to a veteran.

TAPE 4, B

002

Lorang

Provides an overview of the organizations structure, intergovernmental relationships, and funding sources.

057

Rep. Boquist

Asks how veteran is defined by the Veterans’ Administration and what qualifies soldiers as veterans under federal statute.

083

Lorang

Explains how veteran is defined at the federal level.

111

Rep. Boquist

Asks for verification of the definition of active-duty soldier under federal title 10 and federal title 32.  

212

Chair Nelson

Closes the informational meeting on Veterans’ Issues. Adjourns the meeting at 10:19 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. No exhibits submitted