Legislative Advocacy

 

Ohio AMVETS prides itself on actively advocating on behalf of veterans and their dependents before the Ohio Legislature, Ohio Department of Veterans Affairs, and state and local agencies, as well as supporting Ohio’s National Guard. We also actively monitors aspects of the state budget process, which affect such issues as veterans homes, National Guard, County Veterans Service Officers, and veterans outreach programs.

 

We urge all members to become actively involved by participating in veteran blogs, writing letters to your local and state government officials, reading American Veteran to stay on top of current issues affecting veterans, and taking advantage of all of the resources available on the legislative page. AMVETS provides all veterans with a voice and will continue to fight in Congress and the government for each and every AMVETS member.

Click here for a complete list of all legislation National AMVETS are watching: Legislation We Are Monitoring

 

2018 Core Four Legislative Priorities:

Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

It is our goal to focus on legislation that will help our Veterans in need. On average, 20 veterans commit suicide every single day. This is not acceptable. We are a team, both in the field and once we come home. Here are our goals for laws around the mental well being of veterans and suicide prevention:

  • Reduce the stigma

  • Increase access to care

  • Improve identification and treatment

  • Increase knowledge of mild-to-moderate TBIs & behavioral after-effects

  • Advocate for veterans with bad paper mental health issues, including TBIs

  • Increase acceptance and use of Veteran Treatment Courts

 

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Toxic Wounds

Military bases have historically used and disposed of chemical de-greasers and other toxic substances that were later determined to contaminate drinking water and pose multiple health risks including cancer, reproductive disorders, and birth defects. AMVETS continues to seek system-wide changes related to military environmental hazards and toxic wounds caused by:

  • Burn Pits

  • Contaminated Drinking Water

  • Vapor Seepage

  • Soil Contact

  • Oil Fields

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Service Dogs & Assistive Technology

AMVETS advocates for increased research and use of assistive technology, including expanded use of assistive service dogs. Historically, quite a few pieces of legislation have been introduced related to service dogs to assist veterans with PTSD. Dogs can aid in dressing, opening/shutting doors, retrieving items, turning lights off/on, alert to medical issues, and more. Technology benefits can include:

  • Adaptive Driving Vehicles

  • Adaptive Sports

  • Electronic Aids to Daily Living

  • Electronic Cognitive Devices

  • Specialized Computer Access

 

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Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM)

AMVETS advocates for the expansion and enhancement of the offering of complementary and alternative medicine to veterans receiving VA treatment for mental health or chronic pain issues. The most commonly used alternative treatments for chronic pain include:

  • Acupuncture

  • Chiropractic Care

  • Exercise

  • Medical Marijuana

  • Stress-Management/Relaxation Techniques

  • Supplements/Vitamins

  • Yoga

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Chairman

Merle Pratt

614.766.2174

mpratt48@att.net

Legislative Committee

Chairman - Vice

Don McCauley

614.431.6990

dmccauley@ohamvets.org

Committee Member

Jeff Brown

419.767.0098

jbrowm@ohamvets.org

Committee Member

John P. Brown III

330.518.5536

jpb3@sbcglobal.net

Committee Member

Bob Driftmyer

419.306.5350

rdriftmyer@ohamvets.org

 

Take Action!

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960 Checkrein Ave.

Columbus, Ohio 43229

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(t) 614.431.6990  | (f) 614.431.6991

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