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of the

Disabled American Veterans

2000 National Convention

Reno, Nevada





Res. No. 001

Disabled American Veterans Statement of Policy


Ratings and Awards


Res. No. 002

Provide a 10-Year Protection Period for Service-Connected Disability


Res. No. 005

Oppose Reduction, Taxation, or Elimination of Veterans` Benefits

Res. No. 006

Oppose Lump-Sum Payments for Service- Connected Disabilities

Res. No. 007

Oppose Subjecting Compensation to Means Testing

Res. No. 009

Support Legislation Authorizing Presumptive Service Connection for All

Radiogenic Diseases

Res. No. 010

Liberalize Criteria for Agent Orange Claims

Res. No. 011

Compensate Persian Gulf War Veterans Suffering from Illnesses

Circumstantially Linked to Their Service in the Persian Gulf War

Res. No. 012

Oppose a Freeze in the Rates of Department of Veterans Affairs Disability

Compensation Benefits

Res. No. 013

Oppose Any Change That Would Redefine Service-Connected Disability or

Restrict the Conditions or Circumstances Under Which It May Be Established

Res. No. 014

Support Legislation Providing that Special Separation Benefits Payments Not

Be Withheld from Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Compensation


Res. No. 016

Amend Provisions Regarding Eligibility for Automobile Adaptive Equipment to

Include Any Veteran Whose Service-Connected Disability Inhibits His/Her

Ability to Safely Operate a Motor Vehicle

Res. No. 050

Expand Prisoner-of-War Presumptions

Res. No. 052

Increase Disability Compensation

Res. No. 058

Oppose the Imposition of Time Limits for Filing Compensation Claims

Res. No. 064

Oppose Any Proposal That Would Offset Payments of Social Security Disability

Insurance Benefits or Any Other Federal Benefit by Department of Veterans

Affairs Compensation

Res. No. 066

Oppose the Permanent Rounding Down of Cost-of-Living Adjustments in Veterans`


Res. No. 067

Provide Special Monthly Compensation for Loss of Female Mammary Gland

Res. No. 068

Provide a Temporary Total Rating for the Period That an Amputee Has a New

Prosthetic Device Constructed

Res. No. 069

Increase the Grant for Automobiles or Other Conveyances Available to Certain

Disabled Veterans and Provide for Automatic Annual Adjustments Based on the

Increase in the Cost of Living

Res. No. 070

Restore Protections Against Unwarranted Awards of Veterans` Benefits to Third

Parties in Divorce Actions

Res. No. 096

Support a Change in Regulatory Requirements for a Temporary Total Rating

Under Section 4.30 of Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations

Res. No. 106

Support a Change in the Payment of Certain Accrued Benefits Upon Death of a


Res. No. 200

Support Legislation to Repeal the Prohibition Against Service Connection for

Smoking-Related Illnesses

Res. No. 218

Expand Provisions to Allow for Clothing Allowance Where There Is Irreparable

Damage to Clothing from Prescription Medication for Service-Connected


Res. No. 248

Support Legislation to Remove the Prohibition Against Concurrent Receipt of

Military Retired Pay and Veterans` Disability Compensation

Res. No. 249

Support Legislation to Reestablish the Presumption That Veterans Who Served

in Vietnam Were Exposed to Dioxin

Res. No. 250

Support Legislation to Remove the Estate Limit Applicable to Certain

Incompetent Veterans

Res. No. 271

Support Change in Law to Provide for Commencement of Payment Period for

Temporary Total Ratings for Compensation as of Date of Entitling Event

Res. No. 272

Support Legislation to Allow All Veterans to Recover Amounts Withheld as Tax

on Disability Severance Pay



Claims and Appeals Procedures


Res. No. 059

Support Legislation to Preclude Inappropriate Remands from the Court of

Appeals for Veterans Claims to the Board of Veterans` Appeals

Res. No. 060

Oppose Reduction of the Appeal Period for Department of Veterans Affairs


Res. No. 090

Support Legislation to Allow for the Payment of Attorneys` Fees, Under

Section 2412 of Title 28, United States Code, Equal Access to Justice Act, to

Unsupervised Nonattorney Representatives Practicing Before the U.S. Court of

Appeals for Veterans Claims

Res. No. 251

Support Legislation to Restore the Government`s Duty to Assist Claimants for

Veterans` Benefits

Res. No. 252

Support Legislation to Require Judicial Enforcement of the Statutory

Benefit-of- the-Doubt Rule

Res. No. 273

Support Legislation to Make Claims Procedures of the Department of Veterans

Affairs Exclusive

Res. No. 274

Oppose Any Change in the Scope of the Review of Department of Veterans

Affairs Decisions by the Board of Veterans` Appeals

Res. No. 278

Support Legislation to Require the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims to

Decide Cases by Panels of at Least Three Judges

Res. No. 279

Support Legislation to Prohibit Participation of Central Legal Staff in

Decisions of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and Oversight Hearings

on the Operations of the Court

Res. No. 280

Support Legislation to Expand the Jurisdiction of the Court of Appeals for

the Federal Circuit to Include Questions of Law in Veterans` Appeals



Housing, Insurance, Cemeteries, and Burial


Res. No. 017

Provide an Increase in the Specially Adapted Housing Grant Authorized by

Section 2101(a) of Title 38, United States Code

Res. No. 018

Provide an Open Period to Apply for Service Disabled Veterans` Insurance (RH)

Res. No. 019

Extend Eligibility for Veterans` Mortgage Life Insurance to Service-Connected

Veterans Rated Permanently and Totally Disabled

Res. No. 020

Support an Increase in the Department of Veterans Affairs Burial Allowance

for Service-Connected Veterans and Provide for Automatic Annual Adjustments

Res. No. 021

Restore Eligibility and Increase Burial and Plot Allowance

Res. No. 022

Support Legislation to Provide a Headstone or Marker for All Veterans

Res. No. 072

Increase the Face Value of Service Disabled Veterans` Insurance (RH)

Res. No. 074

Support Legislation to Provide for Waiver of Premiums for Supplemental

Service Disabled Veterans` Insurance

Res. No. 275

Provide for an Adequate Number of National Cemeteries



Education and General


Res. No. 024

Support Legislation for a Cost-of- Living Adjustment for the Dependents

Education Assistance Program

Res. No. 025

Oppose Any Reduction in Veterans` Programs

Res. No. 026

Support Adequate Funding for All Department of Veterans Affairs Programs

Res. No. 027

Oppose the Use of Department of Veterans Affairs Generated Savings for

Purposes Other Than Restoring Veterans` Benefits and Services

Res. No. 028

Oppose Reorganization of the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Bureau

Within the Department of Defense

Res. No. 029

Support Legislation That Would Exempt the Benefits Paid to Wartime

Service-Connected Disabled Veterans from the "Pay-Go" Provisions of the

Budget Enforcement Act

Res. No. 078

Provide Educational Benefits for Dependents of Service-Connected Veterans

Rated 80 Percent or More Disabled

Res. No. 079

Eliminate the Delimiting Date for Eligible Spouses and Surviving Spouses for

Benefits Provided Under Chapter 35 of Title 38, United States Code

Res. No. 221

Maintain and Retain Competent Representation for Surviving Spouses



Hospital and Medical Care


Res. No. 033

Support Legislation Which Provides Service-Connected Veterans Priority Within

the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System

Res. No. 034

Oppose Third-Party Payments for Service-Connected Disability

Res. No. 035

Support Enhancement of Long-Term Health Care to Veterans

Res. No. 036

Support Additional Funding for Community-Based Outpatient Clinics Now and in

the Future

Res. No. 092

Support Legislation to Extend CHAMPVA Entitlement Until Graduation of

Full-Time Students

Res. No. 126

Increase the Limitation for Fee- Based Care

Res. No. 135

Lift Restrictions for Department of Veterans Affairs Physicians to Provide

Opinions for VA Patients

Res. No. 173

Support the Provision of Emergency Care in Non-Department of Veterans Affairs

Facilities to Veterans Enrolled in VA`s Health Care System

Res. No. 174

Oppose Any Increase in or Extension of Department of Veterans Affairs Health

Care Co-Payments

Res. No. 176

Support Adequate Medical Services and Benefits for Women Veterans

Res. No. 177

Urge the Department of Veterans Affairs to Impose Guidelines to Preclude

Inappropriate Use of Non- Physicians for Disability Examinations

Res. No. 195

Support Adequate Salary and Pay Levels for VA Physicians, Dentists, and


Res. No. 196

Support Department of Veterans Affairs Paying its Fair Share of the Cost of

Caring for Veterans Residing in State Veterans Homes

Res. No. 229

Oppose the Imposition of User Fees for Outpatient Medical Care at Military

Medical Facilities

Res. No. 237

Reorganize Veterans Integrated Service Networks to Be Responsive to

Geographic Accessibility and Diverse Needs of Veterans

Res. No. 281

Support the Provision of Comprehensive Department of Veterans Affairs Health

Care Services to Entitled Veterans

Res. No. 282

Amend Title 38, United States Code, to Include Dental Care and Treatment to

All Enrolled Veterans Within the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care






Res. No. 037

Provide Necessary Funding for Local Veterans Employment Representatives and

Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists

Res. No. 038

Oppose the Transfer of the Veterans` Employment and Training Service to the

Employment and Training Administration

Res. No. 039

Oppose the Transfer of the Veterans` Employment and Training Service to the

Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Counseling


Res. No. 040

Subject the United States Postal Service to Proposed Enhancements in

Veterans` Preference

Res. No. 041

Provide Veterans Rehabilitation and Counseling Service Staff with State-

of-the-Art Equipment

Res. No. 128

Support Veterans` Preference in Public Employment

Res. No. 131

Provide Adequate Funding and Permanency for Veterans` Employment and/or

Training Including National Veterans` Training Institute, Small Business

Administration, Disabled Veterans` Outreach Program, Local Veteran Employment

Representatives, and Homeless Programs

Res. No. 182

Provide Increased Funding for the Transition Assistance Program and the

Disabled Transition Assistance Program

Res. No. 183

Support Increased Federal Funding for Homeless Veterans Initiatives

Res. No. 232

Amend Legislation That Gives Disabled Veterans Priority in Affirmative Action

as a Group Within the Other Designated Groups for Which Affirmative Action is


Res. No. 234

Support Legislation to Allow Disability Retired Servicemembers to Receive

Credit for Years of Military Service in Civil Service Retirement

Res. No. 283

Support Legislation to Define Veterans Preference as Not An "Employment

Practice" Within the Meaning of the Law



Military Affairs and National Security


Res. No. 030

Support Legislation to Ensure That Military Retirees Receive All Benefits

Which Were Promised Them When They Entered the Armed Forces

Res. No. 085

Extend Commissary and Exchange Privileges to Veterans With Service-Connected

Disability and Their Dependents

Res. No. 086

Support Cost-of-Living Adjustments for Military Retirees

Res. No. 087

Seek the Immediate Release of Any Americans Who May Still Be Held Captive

Following World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam War and the Return of the

Remains of Any Americans Who Died During These Wars

Res. No. 089

Oppose the Dissolution of the Military Commissary System

Res. No. 118

Extend Military Commissary and Exchange Privileges and Space- Available Air

Travel to Certain Service-Connected Disabled Veterans

Res. No. 121

Oppose Any Authorization of Use of Members of the Armed Forces for Human

Experimentation Without Their Knowledge and Informed Consent

Res. No. 123

Support a Strong National Defense

Res. No. 276

Support Amendments to the Law Concerning Special Compensation Paid by the

Department of Defense to Certain Severely Disabled Military Longevity


Res. No. 277

Extend Space-Available Air Travel Aboard Military Aircraft to 100 Percent

Service-Connected Disabled Veterans





Res. No. 091

Support Legislation to Allow Veterans` Organizations to Solicit Contributions

on Post Office Property

Res. No. 124

Encourage All Disabled Veterans to Become Registered Voters and Vote

Res. No. 172

Condemn Public Desecration of the Flag of the United States

Res. No. 255

Construct a Monument to Commemorate the Sacrifices of America`s Disabled











"When the way comes to an end, then change - having changed, you pass through."

      I. Ching


 Bruce "Doc". Melson