00 HOUSE 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.