Election Year Do's and Dont's for DAV/DAVA Members: click here
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The Legislative Committee / Benefits Protection Team (BPT) is made of members from Chapters across Virginia who are appointed by the Department Commander for a 1 year term.
The Committee is responsible for reviewing all resolutions and mandates for legislation affecting disabled veterans in Virginia that are submitted by Chapters throughout the Commonwealth. The Committee prepares legislative proposals that will be beneficial to disabled veterans and their families to be presented to the Commonwealth of Virginia General Assembly and the Virginia Department of Veterans Services.
The Committee also reviews all legislative proposals and resolutions that may affect legislation on a national level and submits them for approval at the annual Department Convention; and if approved; they are brought before the National Legislative Committee at the DAV National Convention each year.
Raising awareness of legislative issues that affect disabled veterans, families and survivors via a robust social media campaign, seminars and outreach activities are also part of the responsibilities of the Committee.
DAV Legislative Program 2023
This link takes you to resolutions passed at the annual National Convention held in Orlando, FL in August 2022, click here
DAV Critical Policy Goals 2023
This link takes you to the list of critical legislative goals for DAV, click here
DAV National Commander's Testimony on Capitol Hill: 2/28/23
On Tuesday, February 28, DAV National Commander Joseph Parsetich presented DAV’s legislative priorities for the 118th Congress before a joint session of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees. Commander Parsetich addressed pressing issues impacting our nation’s veterans, including:
Correcting inequities in compensation benefits for veterans and survivors
Implementing the PACT Act and addressing gaps in toxic exposure benefits
Ensuring equity in VA care, services and benefits for women, LGBTQ+ and minority veterans
Providing a full spectrum of long-term care options for service-disabled and aging veterans
Bolstering mental health resources to ensure continued progress in reducing veteran suicide
Expanding the VA’s capacity to deliver timely, high-quality health care to veterans
To view a recording of the hearing, including questions and answers, click here.
To read Commander Parsetich’s full written statement, click here.
DAV Benefits Protection Team
In 2016, DAV developed a new Benefits Protection Team program - our legislative efforts are focused on protecting your earned benefits! To visit the National DAV
Benefits Protection Team site, click here
For the Benefits Protection Team Toolkit, click here
DAV Commander's Action Network ( DAV CAN)
Our nation’s service men and women put everything on the line in defense of America’s freedom. Our public and political leaders need to be kept informed of the challenges they face returning to normal life. DAV’s legislative grassroots campaign makes sure they know what they need to do.
DAV’s multi-aspect legislative campaign provides this education and support in the capitol and across the country. Take some time and learn how DAV is working with lawmakers on your behalf. To learn more, go to the DAV Action Center, click here
Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations (JLC)
The Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations provides a vehicle for veterans service organizations to collaborate with the Department of Veterans Services on meeting the needs of Virginia’s veterans. The Joint Leadership Council is open to one representative from each qualifying veterans service organization in Virginia. DAV Virginia’s representative on the JLC is Denice Williams, PDC. To learn more about the JLC, click here
Resolution Submittal to the National Convention
All resolutions submitted by Departments must be received by the National Legislative staff at a date determined by the National Legislative Director prior to the National Convention each year. Chapters must submit resolutions to the Department office in May so they may be voted on by the DEC at the Department Convention.
For official guidance, click here
Duties/Responsibilities of the Benefits Protection Team Leader
For the Chapter BPTL, this webinar introduces you to your responsibilities.
to your Chapter and fellow veterans, click here
Denice Williams, PDC (Chapter 22)
to email Ms. Williams, click here
Benefits Protection Team Leader:
Shamala Capizzi (Chapter 10)
to email Ms. Capizzi, click here
Legislative Committee Chair:
Shay Odom (Chapter 13)
to email Ms. Odom, click here