Legislative Updates

Michael McLaughlin | NACVSO Legislative Chair
507-304-0768

mmclaughlin@nacvso.org


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Legislative & Leadership Summit
 
This annual Summit provides an opportunity for NACVSO Delegates and State CVSO Association Presidents to receive updates from veterans’ leaders, meet with their representatives in congress, and talk about national veterans’ issues and their impact in local communities from a variety of perspectives. Ultimately, the goal is to help NACVSO members see themselves in the process to inspire and perpetuate policies that improve access to services for veterans and their families.  

The 2022 Summit was attended by 35 NACVSO Leaders (Delegates, Executive Board, Trainers, CVSOs) representing 17 states from across the nation.  NACVSO Leaders had 9 in-person meetings with Congressional Staffers in addition to several virtual meetings prior to and just after the Summit. NACVSO Leaders were able to network and discuss best strategies throughput the Summit.
 
At the Summit, NACVSO Leaders were briefed by Veterans Benefit Administration (AUSB Tom Murphy), Board of Veteran Appeals (Chairman Mason), The Elizabeth Dole Foundation (Coleton Whitaker), DAV (Shane Lierman), NACo (Matt Chase), CNAS (Nathalie Green), America’s Warrior Partnership (Jim Lorraine), WCS (Jake Terrell), and Congressional Staffers (James Cho, Kelsey Baron, Katherine Smith, and Justin Vogt).
 
Key highlights from the 2022 Summit include asking for and receiving an increase in the number of zip codes allowed in the VBMS search feature and awarding Jim Lorraine, from America’s Warrior Partnership, the 2022 Franklin D. LeValley Pillars of Excellence award.