VA Response to 60th National Convention Resolutions




July 6, 2006



Dr. Thomas Zampieri
Director of Government Relations
Blinded Veterans Association
477 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-2694

Dear Dr. Zampieri:

This letter is in response to the 13 new resolutions adopted by the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) at the organization’s national convention. I apologize for the delay in providing this final response.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) cannot comment on Resolution 43-05 and Resolution 44-05 in their entirety because legislation would be required and the actions would not be within the authority of the Secretary. For the same reasons, we cannot comment in part on Resolution 33-05 (first proviso only) and Resolution 35-05 (first proviso only). VA does not take a position on possible legislative changes unless specifically requested to do so by Congress, which has not requested VA’s views on the legislation mentioned in the resolutions.

Given that Resolution 35-5 (second proviso only) and Resolution 45-05 specified actions by the United States Post Office and the Department of Defense, respectively, VA did not provide comment. Responses were not provided for Resolution 33-05 (second proviso only), Resolution 39-05 (third proviso only), and Resolution 41-05 (second proviso only) as these resolutions refer to BVA’s internal operations.

I am pleased to advise that the Department has provided, in the enclosure to this letter, responses to Resolutions 34-05, 36-05, 37-05, 38-05, (first proviso only), 39-05 (first and second provisos only), 40-05, 41-05, (first proviso only), and 42-05.

Thank you for keeping VA apprised of BVA’s views on issues affecting the Nation’s veterans. I look forward to working with you to ensure that veterans receive the benefits and excellent health care that they so richly deserve.

Sincerely yours,


Gordon H. Mansfield