that's glen nye. he's a member of the u.s. congress from virginia. kat's writing about this morning's hearing at her site tonight and she told me, right after tonight's roundtable, 'rebecca, his skin is amazing!' i had to take a peak. and then i thought i'd share.
i think his skin looks good in the photo but to hear kat rave it was supposed to look even better. c.i. said it did look better than in the portrait and that the video would be at the committee website. i said, 'i'll take your word on it, i was just checking.' but c.i. said if i was still at nye's site (i was), i should pull his statement on the shinseki hearing and post it, so i will:
Nye Seeks Answers on GI Bill Delays10/14/09
Washington, DC – Just days after meeting with local veterans who have been struggling to obtain benefits under the new Post-9/11 GI Bill, Congressman Glenn Nye (VA-02) is asking for answers from Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.
At a hearing of the House Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday morning, Secretary Shinseki told Congressman Nye and others that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) had anticipated that there would be delays in administering the tuition benefit program, but that they had underestimated the magnitude of the problem.
“The new GI Bill has the potential to boost the economy and to help returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan build a strong future for themselves and their families. I’m pleased that the VA has taken steps to ensure these delays don’t happen again, but the fact remains that this problem should have been prevented,” said Congressman Glenn Nye.
“Excuses don’t help veterans who are waiting for their benefits right now. If the VA knows they are going to need additional resources to get the job done, they need to ask for them in advance, not after the fact,” Nye added.
Following the hearing, Nye submitted a series of follow-up questions for Shinseki, asking for answers about what went wrong and what steps the VA is taking to solve the problem before the start of the spring semester.
Nye’s questions for Shinseki included:
- If internal estimates showed that there would be delays in processing tuition payments, why did the Department of Veterans Affairs not seek additional resources or support prior to the start of the academic year?
- Is there a system now in place at the VA to evaluate the Department’s readiness to process benefit claims for the upcoming semester, and if shortfalls are again expected, will the VA request assistance in advance?
- What steps is the VA taking to ensure that students receive the full benefits to which they are entitled?
This past Saturday afternoon in Virginia Beach, Nye met with several local veterans who have not yet received tuition benefits from the new GI Bill. Nye has been working with the VA to help expedite tuition benefits for veterans facing severe hardship as a result of the delayed payments.
Veterans who have not received their GI Bill tuition benefits can apply for an emergency $3,000 payment online at http://www.va.gov or at a VA Regional Office. Anyone needing additional assistance is encouraged to contact Congressman Glenn Nye’s office at 757-326-6201 or online at http://nye.house.gov/.
Congressman Glenn Nye is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Veterans Affairs Committee. A former Foreign Service Officer, Nye volunteered to serve with the State Department alongside American troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Since arriving in Congress, Nye has earned a strong reputation as a tireless advocate for military personnel, veterans and their families.
Barbra Streisand fans are certainly a devoted bunch. Today they’ve put Babs atop the Billboard 200 with a healthy 180,000 copies sold of her jazz standards album Love Is the Answer, according to Nielsen SoundScan, beating a host of new releases by buzzier artists. By way of comparison, that’s equivalent to every one of the die-hard fans who attended Barbra’s recent gig at NYC’s Village Vanguard club going out and buying 1,800 copies of her new record. Not bad at all.
she is now the only artist to have a number 1 album in five decades. (she's also the only 1 to have it in 4 decades, but she extended her honor/accomplishment.) yea!!!!!! and barbra says:
When the album went to #1 in the States I was surprised and thrilled. To have the same thing happen on "the other side of the pond" is just as exciting.I've always loved spending time in the UK and it's so gratifying to learn how this album has been embraced. With all my appreciation and thanks! Barbra
and if you're needing a connection for glen nye and barbra streisand, both have beautiful skin. barbra's skin is amazing. if you haven't picked up love is the answer, it's amazing too. give it a listen - but get the deluxe version. see kat's review.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'
Like PVA, DVA conducted their own survey. Atizado explained that 402 members responded. 62% of respondents stated their insurance companies were "billed for their care at the VA," 43% stated they "receive bills for their care from the VA, 55% stated "that their insurance companies are being billed for treatment from VA of a service-connected condtion," and 43% stated that they were "billed for treatment at the VA for a service-connected condtion." He observed, "What is most troubling is the perception these veterans carry about the VA being indiscriminating in their billing and collections and VA being unresponsive when veterans bring their concerns to the local facility for corrective action."
According to the amendments, the number of lawmakers would become 311. Elections would be carried out following the province considered as one electoral district. Seats would be proportionate to the number of inhabitants according to ratio cards' statistics.
The pending issue of the open list brought up several views.
The first view: Candidacy would follow the open list system. Voters may vote to the whole entity slate, to one of the candidates on the list or to an individual candidate.
The second view: Candidacy would follow the open list system with a maximum of three candidates who should not exceed the double number of seats allocated for the electoral district. Voters may vote to the whole entity slate, to one of the candidates on the list or to an individual candidate.
The third view: Candidacy would follow the open list system with a maximum of three candidates who should not exceed the double number of seats allocated for the electoral district. Voters may vote to the whole entity slate, to at least three candidates on the list or to an individual candidate.
NPR's Quil Lawrence (Morning Edition -- link has text and audio) reports, "Parliament is now expecting to vote on the election law this Sunday, but that may again be delayed. If Iraq does not carry out elections by January, it will raise serious questions about the government's legitimacy."
In a letter Tuesday, The Post asked Urbina to reconsider. Post attorney James McLaughlin said the court should have put the proceedings on the open docket and given the public an earlier chance to challenge the basis for the closure of the hearing. He said concerns about the impact of pretrial publicity were "highly speculative" unless supported by factual findings in open court.
Urbina denied The Post's request. He said the rights of the five guards to a fair trial outweighed the public's interest in attending the proceedings. He said he was concerned about how news accounts of the statements might affect witnesses, some as far away as Baghdad.
But American soldiers poisoned by KBR in Iraq six years ago have found weak refuge on Capitol Hill. Democratic leaders have left the Qarmat Ali probe to a lone senator, Byron Dorgan (D-ND), and a largely powerless Congressional panel, the Democratic Policy Committee (DPC). Having traditionally operated as a partisan support forum, the DPC lacks the capabilities to ensure accountability for the sick veterans of Qarmat Ali -- who have struggled to afford costly medical treatments while the company that endangered them continues to reap millions of dollars in windfall profits.
It was Sen. Dorgan, the DPC's chairman, who first uncovered the Qarmat Ali incident and brought it to Congress last year. Since then, the Senate committee charged with direct oversight of the U.S. military -- the powerful and highly influential Armed Services Committee -- has largely stayed silent. When DCBureau called Armed Services chairman Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), spokesman Bryan Thomas declined comment.
"I've tried to do as much as I can with the limited capacity I have," Dorgan said. "It just begs for investigation."
(WASHINGTON , D.C. ) --- The U.S. Army is ramping up its response to the exposure of U.S. troops in Iraq to the deadly chemical sodium dichromate, U.S. (D-ND) said Friday. He said it has also doubled the Army estimate of the number of U.S. troops who may have been exposed to the cancer-causing chemical from 347 to more than 1,164.
Department of Veterans Affairs is also stepping up its effort to respond to the exposures to better monitor and treat exposed soldiers.
"These are significant breakthroughs," Dorgan said Friday. "Lives will be saved because of these actions."
As Chairman of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee (DPC), Dorgan chaired hearings on the exposure, and the Army's response in June 2008 and August 2009. Multiple failures by the contractor, KBR, were revealed at the 2008 hearing. The hearing in August focused on the Army's response to the exposure and its failure to adequately monitor, test, and notify soldiers who may have been exposed of the health risks they may now face. Dorgan has been pushing the Army, and the Department of Veterans Affairs to launch a more vigorous effort to reach, warn, monitor and treat soldiers who may have been exposed to the chemical at the Qarmat Ali water treatment facility in 2003.
Dorgan released a letter Friday from Army Secretary who said the Army is now working to track down and notify all 1,164 exposed soldiers to alert them to the health risk they now face. Geren told Dorgan the Army is now working more closely with the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure that VA health professionals know to be looking for sodium dichromate exposure symptoms and how to treat them.
Dorgan also released a letter from Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Eric Shinseki informing him that the VA is stepping up its response to the exposure. Shinseki wrote that the VA is now offering veterans who were at the site free medical monitoring and treatment. Previously, soldiers exhibiting symptoms consistent with sodium dichromate had to prove their conditions were service connected. That burden of proof, which the VA has lifted,often delayed or prevented treatment for illnesses for which prompt and urgent treatment often means the difference between life and death.
National Guard troops from West Virginia , Oregon , South Carolina , Indiana and members of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division were among those at the Qarmat Ali site who were exposed to the deadly chemical.