Supervisor BORN offered the following Resolution and moved its adoption:


WHEREAS, veterans throughout the United States often rely on veterans service agency representatives to assist them in pursuing assistance from government programs they may be eligible for; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has proposed to limit representative access to veterans’ electronic files in the Veterans Benefits Management System (VBMS); and

WHEREAS, the Veterans Claim Transparency Act has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to ensure that veterans and their representatives have 48 hours to review and dispute disability claims before they are finalized; and

WHEREAS, said legislation would amend Title 38, United States Code, requiring the VA to provide veteran representatives with an opportunity to review disability rating determinations before they are finalized; and

WHEREAS, The Veterans Claims Transparency Act is supported by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Legion, AMVETS, and Paralyzed Veterans of America; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby supports the U.S Veterans Claim Transparency Act and urges its passage as a reasonable safeguard to ensure a fair claim filing procedure for all veterans; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That certified copies of this Resolution be forwarded to the County Treasurer, Veterans Service Agency Director, local VFW, DAV, American Legion Posts, Budget Director/County Auditor and Administrative Officer/Clerk of the Board.









Seconded by Supervisor HOWARD and adopted by the following vote:
    Total: Ayes: 17 Nays: 0 Absent: 3 (Supervisors Handy, Horton and Kinowski)