Jaffe for Congress is proud to release its Veterans Policy Plan, based upon the research and priorities identified by Veterans for Bernie.

General Initiatives:

  1. Fully fund and expand the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) so that all veterans get the care they have earned and deserve.
  2. Substantially improve the processing of veterans’ claims for compensation.
  3. Expand VA’s Caregivers Program.
  4. Expand mental health services for all veterans.
  5. Make comprehensive dental care available to all veterans at the VA.
  6. Take bold steps to fully rectify the “bad paper” discharge situation and ensure that all veterans receive post-service mental health care.
  7. Greatly expand research to develop new and innovative ways of treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Military Sexual Trauma (MST).
  8. Fight to reschedule marijuana (cannabis) to allow Veterans’ access to medical marijuana, and give VA the ability to perform scientific research on the advantages and impacts of medical marijuana use.
  9. Invest in free and low income housing for homeless veterans.
  10. Improve, expand, and restore GI Bill educational benefits.
  11. Provide homeless, unemployed and disabled veterans with a hiring preference with respect to all new federal infrastructure projects.

In Congress, Stephen Jaffe will pursue a comprehensive Veterans’ Civil Rights Act (VCRA) that includes:

  1. Due Process Rights – Codifies existing 5th and 14th Amendment protections for veterans’ benefits into statute.
  2. Evidentiary Rights – Ensures that every veteran has access to all documents in their claim for disability compensation and other legal matters.
  3. Access to District Courts – Enables veterans to challenge agency procedures and patterns of practice violations in district court, on their own behalf and on behalf of a class.
  4. Substitution of Survivors – Automatically substitutes a veteran’s survivor as a claimant upon the death of the veteran.
  5. Tort Reform – Revises the Federal Tort Claims Act to clarify that veterans can bring an action seeking compensation if they are injured by government action in non-combat or combat training-related situations.