Jaffe for Congress is proud to release its Veterans Policy Plan, based upon the research and priorities identified by Veterans for Bernie.
- Fully fund and expand the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) so that all veterans get the care they have earned and deserve.
- Substantially improve the processing of veterans’ claims for compensation.
- Expand VA’s Caregivers Program.
- Expand mental health services for all veterans.
- Make comprehensive dental care available to all veterans at the VA.
- Take bold steps to fully rectify the “bad paper” discharge situation and ensure that all veterans receive post-service mental health care.
- 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).
- 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.
- Invest in free and low income housing for homeless veterans.
- Improve, expand, and restore GI Bill educational benefits.
- 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:
- Due Process Rights – Codifies existing 5th and 14th Amendment protections for veterans’ benefits into statute.
- Evidentiary Rights – Ensures that every veteran has access to all documents in their claim for disability compensation and other legal matters.
- 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.
- Substitution of Survivors – Automatically substitutes a veteran’s survivor as a claimant upon the death of the veteran.
- 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.