MANSFIELD — Former Richland County Veterans Services Officer Larry Moore testified before the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Common on Wednesday about the need to ensure Ohio’s veterans receive the resources they need and earned by serving their country.
Moore, a Mansfield native who now lives in Akron, is the legislative chairman of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Ohio.
He was invited to testify by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.
A Vietnam veteran, Moore served in the U.S. Navy Seabees. He was post commander of VFW Post 3494 in Mansfield and became veterans service officer here. Moore now has the same position in Summit County.
Moore was instrumental in renaming the Veteran’s Administrations’ Community-Based Outpatient Clinic in Mansfield after Pvt. First Class David F. Winder, a Mansfield native who was killed while serving in the Vietnam War. After proposing the idea, he worked with Brown toward bipartisan legislation that passed in June 2012.
Brown co-chairs the Senate Air Force Caucus and is a senior member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.
In March, at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Brown urged U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to make immediate and necessary changes in order to eliminate the backlog of, at the time, more than 368,000 disability claims filed by veterans for services and benefits they have earned.
Brown also pressed Shinseki on the VA goal of ending veterans’ homelessness by 2015 and efforts by the VA to eliminate claim disparities between state VA rating agencies.
“Ohio’s veterans served their country with selflessness and courage. For their sacrifice abroad, they deserve our support while home,” Brown said.
In November 2013, key provisions of Brown’s Veterans Services Outreach Act passed the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.
The act would require the VA to notify veterans filing claims electronically that they can receive help and important time-saving information that could significantly reduce their wait time.
Brown has supported the Claims Processing Improvement Act, which would hold the VA accountable by requiring it to publicly report both its projected monthly goals and actual production, so that Congress and the public knows if the VA is eliminating its backlog. The bill also would establish a task force to hire and train claims processors, and develop tactics to attack and eliminate the backlog.
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