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To Commemorate 'Veterans Day', AMVETS' Chief Advocacy Officer Describes the Group's Current Activities


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IN 1918, "ARMISTICE DAY" MARKED THE END OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR; NOW, IT'S THE DAY ON WHICH AMERICA CELEBRATES ITS VETERANS.  AND, SHERMAN GILLUMS ["GILL-UMS"]--A "MARINE CORPS"-VETERAN WHO'S THE CHIEF ADVOCACY-OFFICER FOR "AMVETS"--EXPLAINS HOW HIS GROUP HAS BEEN HELPING THEM FOR 75 YEARS...

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SINCE 1944, WE'VE SERVED VETERANS, OF ALL BACKGROUNDS--AND THEIR FAMILIES:  WE'VE HELPED THEM FILE V-A CLAIMS, FIND JOBS, AND GET THE HEALTHCARE THAT THEY'VE EARNED.  AS THE MOST-INCLUSIVE VETERANS-ORGANIZATION IN THE NATION, WE ALSO ADVOCATE ON CAPITOL HILL--FOR THE RIGHTS AND BENEFITS OF VETERANS WITH DISABILITIES, VETERANS WHO FACE FINANCIAL-HARDSHIPS, AND MORE.  THIS NOW INCLUDES SECURING A BETTER FUTURE FOR WOMEN-VETERANS, THROUGH THE 'RESPECT OUR "SHE-ROES" AND THEIR EXPERIENCES ACT'--WHICH AIMS TO ADDRESS THE MYRIAD CHALLENGES [THAT ARE] FACED THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE WOMEN-VETERANS EXPERIENCE, AS IT RELATES TO ISSUES SUCH AS MILITARY SEXUAL-TRAUMA, MEETING GENDER-SPECIFIC HEALTHCARE-NEEDS, AND FULLY EMBRACING THE IDENTITY [THAT'S] ASSOCIATED WITH BEING A MILITARY-VETERAN.  WE ALSO FIRMLY SUPPORT THE 'TALLY BILL'--WHICH WAS JUST RE-INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS.  THIS BILL SEEKS TO EXPAND RIGHTS FOR VETERANS, BY APPLYING FEDERAL LAWS INVOLVING TORT-CLAIMS TO V-A MEDICAL-CONTRACTORS WHO ARE CURRENTLY EXEMPTED--SO THAT THEY CAN BE FINALLY HELD ACCOUNTABLE, IN INSTANCES OF MEDICAL-MALPRACTICE."

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TO LEARN MORE, VISIT "AMVETS"-DOT-ORG.



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