from The American Legion
Members of the 115th Congress of the United States were sworn into office Jan. 3 and immediately went to work, passing two pieces of legislation related to veterans health care. Matthew Shuman, the newly named director of The American Legion’s Legislative Division, believes that’s only the start for this session of Congress.
Shuman, a U.S. Army veteran, shared insight on what he thinks are some of the key issues coming up in the 115th Congress.
The American Legion Media Division: What do you feel are two or three of the key issues relating to veterans that will come up during the 115th Congress?
Matthew Shuman: There’s a couple that instantly come to mind. One is continuing on the march of modernizing the (Department of Veterans Affairs) appeals process. We had a really large push at the end of the last session. That should relatively be an easy win for the new administration to do some good work over at the VA. That’s going to be something that’s definitely on our radar very early.
Another very hot topic for this year in particular is going to be (VA’s Choice Program): whether to let it die, or whether to extend it or whether to make it bigger – as some people … want to do. The Legion’s going to be battling that, of course.
And then there’s the reclassification of cannabis for medical research.