Please join the NYC Veterans Alliance, High Ground Veterans Advocacy, and Vietnam Veterans of America for a hearing on Resolution 1196, which calls on the United States Congress to pass, and the President to sign into law, the Fairness for Veterans Act of 2016, H.R. 4683/S. 1567.
High Ground Veterans Advocacy has advanced this bipartisan bill in the U.S. Congress, where it currently has more than 25 co-sponsors, but has not yet passed.
In May 2016, the NYC Veterans Alliance drafted and proposed legislation for the NYC Council to pass a resolution in favor of this bill’s passage in Congress. The purpose of the resolution is for the largest municipal governing body in the country to show solidarity on this important legislation, urging New York City’s Congressional delegation to act, and to show Congress that New Yorkers care about this.
Profound injustices have existed for veterans, including tens of thousands who have served in direct combat, who have received “bad paper” discharges subsequent to administrative proceedings for alleged misconduct that may have stemmed from undiagnosed or untreated post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries (TBI), military sexual trauma (MST), or other conditions directly related to their service. As a result, these veterans have been excluded from critical mental healthcare services from the VA, and they are shown to be at alarmingly higher risk of homelessness, incarceration, substance abuse, and suicide.
The Fairness for Veterans Act addresses the review board process that currently places a prohibitively difficult burden of proof on the veteran to prove that PTSD, TBI, or MST were the cause of their misconduct, and instead creates a presumption in favor of veterans who have been diagnosed with PTSD or TBI.
Please show your support for this resolution by attending if you can. Members of the public are welcome to testify.
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