HJR 61: Opposing the proposed changes in the functions of the federal Office of Veterans Affairs in Anchorage.
00HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 61 01 Opposing the proposed changes in the functions of the federal Office of Veterans 02 Affairs in Anchorage. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS, with roughly 73,000 veterans, Alaska ranks second among the states for 05 its proportion of veterans and that proportion is increasing more than in any other state 06 because of the downsizing of the state's military installations and the relocation of discharged 07 military personnel within the state; and 08 WHEREAS the veterans in Alaska deserve to have personal access to and consultation 09 with federal personnel when they file and process claims relating to their veteran status, 10 including the claims of their families; and 11 WHEREAS the processing time for veterans' claims in the Anchorage office currently 12 ranks sixth among 57 regional offices; and 13 WHEREAS that processing time and personal access would be disastrously affected 14 by federal proposals to downsize the Anchorage office by moving the function of adjudicating
01 compensation and pension matters to Reno, Nevada, and Phoenix, Arizona, which are 02 thousands of miles away from where the Alaska veterans live; 03 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature strongly opposes federal 04 proposals to downsize the Anchorage office by shifting some of its functions to other states. 05 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Ted Stevens and the 06 Honorable Frank Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. 07 Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress; Mr. Carroll Williams, Director, 08 Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission, Washington, D.C.; and Mr. Alonzo M. 09 Poteet III, Director, Veterans Affairs and Medical Regional Office Center, Anchorage, Alaska.