Although Capitol Hill offices are shuttered for the August recess, things are anything but quiet at the U.S. Veterans Hos¬pice Committee headquarters.
Executive Director Gerald B. Johnson, Legislative Director Sean Ferritor, and Assistant Di¬rector Owen Thomas were hard at work tracking legislation, reviewing lists of co-sponsors on vital bills, and making stra¬tegic decisions about key staff members in the House and Senate on both sides of the aisle that need follow-up at-tention when Congress returns in September.
"Having surveys and petitions in hand makes our visits to Capi¬tol Hill much more persuasive," said Ferritor. "When you have the power of constituent names behind your lobbying efforts, officeholders pay attention," he continued.
But not every elected official is aware of how desperate the situation is for many homeless and terminally ill vets. That is why the U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee is updating our website and preparing for a frontal assault on offices this fall.
"I believe America's terminally ill and homeless veterans deserve the very best care, but it seems they have been forced to the back of the line behind special interests, and bureaucrats looking to increase their share of the federal budget," said Johnson.
"According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are at least 28,000 veterans who are both homeless and suffering from a terminal illness. The results of the current national survey will show Congress, actually needs to be shown that our honorable veterans should be a higher priority than the wasteful projects Congress allocates money for," said Executive Director Gerald B. Johnson.
"The boondoggle by the late Representative John Murtha (D-PA) for the $200 million to build and maintain an airport with only three commercial flights per day is the kind of project that Congress has made a higher priority than providing hospice care for the brave men and women who have slipped clearly, just how upside-down their priorities are," he said. "We intend to collect thousands of these surveys and tally the results. We will send the results to Congress and the news media. I will make sure Congress knows the American people DEMAND our dying homeless veterans be taken care of."