Sakina Halal Grill in Washington, DC Starts Offering Discounts to American Veterans Committee Members

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Contact:
Saif Khan
(703) 375-9839
info@Americanveteranscommittee.org

 WASHINGTON, DC – 1 May 2017, American Veterans Committee is pleased to announce a partnership today with Sakina Halal Grill in Washington, D.C. Sakina Halal Grill will offer a 10% discount to Veterans of the US Armed Forces who are members of American Veterans Committee. Last year, American Veterans Committee started partnering with restaurants around the country that are willing to offer discounts to veterans who are members of American Veterans Committee.

Veterans and active duty military members who are not members of American Veterans Committee can join FREE online and take advantage of the discount.  The process only takes 10 seconds through our website which is mobile friendly: (http://americanveteranscommittee.org/join).

Sakina Halal Grill’s owner Kazi Mannan, an immigrant from Pakistan said “we can never do enough to thank those who have served America in uniform. We salute them for their service and would be honored if they dine at Sakina Halal Grill. We will offer them the discount all day, everyday.” The restaurant is not only providing discounts to Veterans, but also gave away more than 6000 meals to the homeless in 2016 and continues to offer free meals to the homeless.

American Veterans Committee President Saif Khan, who serves on the Mayor’s Advisory Board for Washington, DC Veterans Affairs applauded the partnership and thanked Mr. Mannan for supporting our veterans by offering discounts.   Mr. Khan an immigrant himself said “ Mr. Mannan is a great American. We can’t thank him enough for not only offering discounts to American Veterans Committee members, but also offering thousands of free meals to the homeless in the DC area, a lot of whom are veterans.”

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American Veterans Committee partners with Operation MCP

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For Immediate Release:    

July 20, 2016

Contact:

DANIELA PETRILLI
202-780-6535
INFO@OPERATIONMCP.ORG

AMERICAN VETERANS COMMITTEE PARTNERS WITH OPERATION MCP 

WASHINGTON, DC — July 20, 2016, American Veterans Committee will partner with Operation Making Careers Possible (Operation MCP) to help veterans, nationally and globally, prepare them to succeed in their search for jobs as they transition from the military into their civilian careers by referring members seeking assistance with résumé and interview preparation to Operation MCP.

We are looking forward to working with Operation MCP in providing services to those who have served. Through this partnership, veterans will not only have access to networking opportunities that can help them in their career search, but they will also receive one-on-one guidance with résumé writing and interview preparation. As the Founder & President of Operation MCP stated “Our goal for the partnership is ultimately, to show veterans that as they transition into civilian life, they have support in their career aspirations. We want veterans to be able to find fulfilling careers.”

Operation MCP is an organization whose goal is to assist veterans and service members with résumé writing and interview preparation to transition them from the military to civilian workforce. By partnering with Operation MCP and having a common goal in mind, we believe our members will benefit from a wider range of services.

To learn more about Operation MCP and American Veterans Committee or how you can become involved, please contact:

 

Daniela Petrilli, President
Operation MCP
info@operationmcp.org
www.operationmcp.org

 

Saif Khan, President
American Veterans Committee
saif@americanveteranscommittee.org
www.americanveteranscommittee.org

 

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American Veterans Committee Launches Restaurant Partnership

MostUpdatedLogoWASHINGTON, DC – July 11th,2016, American Veterans Committee will launch a nationwide partnership with restaurants around the country today.  In an effort to boost membership, American Veterans Committee will partner with restaurants that are willing to offer discounts to veterans who are members of American Veterans Committee. Restaurants interested in partnering with American Veterans Committee and offer veterans discounts should email: info@americanveteranscommittee.org.

Metro Bar and Grill in Richmond, Virginia is offering American Veterans Committee members a 25% “employee discount” on menu items.  In Washington, DC, Plan B Burger & Bar – Penn Quarter is offering a 20% discount to American Veterans Committee members.  American Veterans Committee thanks Metro Grill and Plan B Burger – Penn Quarter for offering our veterans/members discounts. Veterans who are not members of American Veterans Committee can join FREE online.  The process only takes 10 seconds through our website (http://americanveteranscommittee.org/join).

The American Veterans Committee (AVC) is a non-profit veterans organization that connects veterans of the United States Armed Forces to networking and job opportunities while promoting smart diplomacy worldwide. American Veterans Committee accomplishes this on the national level by organizing networking receptions and connecting veterans with potential employers. At the international level, as a member of the World Veterans Federation (WVF), American Veterans Committee works to connect veterans from the United States to veterans from other countries to promote new business opportunities, peace and diplomacy

To learn more about American Veterans Committee or how you can become involved, please visit: www.americanveteranscommittee.org

Contact:
Saif Khan
(703) 375-9839
info@Americanveteranscommittee.org

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Khan’s Resolutions to Establish Veterans Hall of Fame and Auto Selective Service Registration in DC Adopted by Advisory Board for DC Veterans Affairs

Washington, DC – 2 March 2016 – The Advisory Board for Washington, DC Veterans Affairs adopted two resolutions yesterday that were proposed by American Veterans Committee’s President Saif Khan.

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The first resolution was to establish the first ever Veterans Hall of Fame in Washington, DC. The purpose of establishing the DC Veterans Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor those military veterans who, through their work and lives during or after military service, have made significant contributions to the District of Columbia.

The second resolution that was adopted would support automatic Selective Service registration during issuance of drivers’ licenses at the Washington, DC Department of Motor Vehicles. During a presentation by representatives from the Selective Service System at the Advisory Board’s February 2016 meeting, Mr. Khan learned that Washington, DC had one of the lowest compliance rates for Selective Service registration and young men that had failed to register were ineligible for federal benefits such as federal employment. These individuals were excluded from employment with the U.S. Postal Service, federal student financial assistance, participation in federally funded job training programs and eligibility for U.S. citizenship for immigrants. Mr. Khan felt compelled to propose a resolution to address this issue.

Mr. Khan hailed the adoption of the resolutions by the Advisory Board for DC Veterans Affairs as a win for all veterans residing in Washington, DC.  After the resolutions were adopted, Mr. Khan made the following statement: “I’m proud to be a part of the esteemed group of leaders serving on the DC Advisory Board for Veterans Affairs and thank Director Tammi Lambert, Chairman Harry Wingo and Vice Chair Victoria Pridemore for their leadership and guidance.”

The resolutions now head to DC Mayor Muriel Bowser to consider implementing them through Mayor’s Order or through legislative action by the City Council.

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District of Columbia Veterans’ Hall of Fame Resolution:

PROPOSED RESOLUTION (Adopted 1 March 2016)

Proposed by Saif Khan, DC Advisory Board for Veterans Affairs, Board Member – Ward 2

To request the Mayor’s Advisory Board on Veterans Affairs to consider adopting this resolution and support the establishment of a Veterans’ Hall of Fame in the District of Columbia

WHEREAS, it is the intent of the Mayor’s Advisory Board of Veterans Affairs for the District of Columbia to recognize and honor those military veterans who, through their works and lives during or after military service, have made a significant contribution to the of District of Columbia.

WHEREAS, a District of Columbia Veterans’ Hall of Fame Committee shall be created within the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs as an Advisory Committee, consisting of a seven-members.

WHEREAS, the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs and the Chairman of the Advisory Board shall nominate a seven-member committee consisting of current board members to serve for a period of two years. The majority vote of the board shall confirm the nomination and appoint the seven-member Selection Committee. A member whose term expires shall continue to serve on the Committee until such time as a replacement is appointed.

WHEREAS, the members shall annually elect a chair by a majority vote and meet at the call of its chair, at the request of the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs, or at such times as may be prescribed by the Committee. A majority of the members of the appointed Committee would satisfy quorum requirements, and a meeting may not be held unless a quorum is present. The affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the Committee present would be necessary for any official action by the Committee.

WHEREAS, members of the Committee may not receive compensation or honorarium for their services.

WHEREAS, appointees may be removed by a majority vote of the entire Advisory Board of Veterans Affairs from the Hall of Fame Selection Committee for misconduct or malfeasance, neglect of duty, incompetence, or permanent inability to perform official duties or if the member is adjudicated guilty of a felony.

WHEREAS, the District of Columbia Veterans’ Hall of Fame Committee shall annually accept nominations of persons to be considered for induction into the District of Columbia Veterans’ Hall of Fame and shall transmit a list of up to 10 nominees to entire Advisory Board for a final vote before submission to the Mayor for selection, by the Director.

WHEREAS, in selecting its nominees for submission to the Mayor, the District of Columbia Veterans’ Hall of Fame Committee shall give preference to veterans who have adopted District of Columbia as the location of their primary residence or base of operation and who have made a significant contribution to the District of Columbia in civic, business, public service, or other pursuits.

WHEREAS, the Veterans’ Hall of Fame Committee shall establish a criteria and set specific time periods for acceptance of nominations and for the process of selection of nominees for membership and establish a formal induction ceremony to coincide with the annual commemoration of Veterans’ Day or another date that the Committee deems appropriate.

SO BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the Advisory Board on Veterans Affairs recommends that District of Columbia establish a Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

SO BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the District of Columbia Veterans’ Hall of Fame be established under the structure of the District of Columbia Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs (MOVA).

SO BE IT RESOLVED THAT, each person who is inducted into the District of Columbia Veterans’ Hall of Fame shall have his or her name placed on a plaque displayed in the designated area of the Mayor’s Office.

Respectfully submitted, on this 2nd day of February 2016.

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District of Columbia – Automatic Selective Service Registration at Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Resolution

PROPOSED RESOLUTION (ADOPTED 1 March 2016)

Proposed by Saif Khan, DC Advisory Board for Veterans Affairs, Board Member – Ward 2

To request the Mayor’s Advisory Board on Veterans Affairs to consider adopting this resolution to support automatic Selective Service registration during issuance of drivers’ licenses in Washington, DC.

WHEREAS, the District of Columbia Traffic Act, 1925 currently does not require that all eligible persons shall register with the Selective Service System when obtaining or renewing an operator’s permit or identification card at the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles.

WHEREAS, District of Columbia has one of the lowest Selective Service registration compliance rates in the Nation.

WHEREAS, thousands of young men in Washington, D.C. are losing valuable federal and state benefits linked to the registration requirement, such as:

— federal employment, including employment with the U.S. Postal Service;
— federal student financial assistance;
— participation in federally funded job training programs;
— eligibility for U.S. citizenship for immigrants.

WHEREAS, over a nine-year period (CY07-15), young men in Washington D.C. lost over $4 million in potential benefits and 173 immigrants could not show registration compliance to obtain U.S. citizenship because they failed to register.

WHEREAS, many young men, especially those who have fallen out of the mainstream, the disadvantaged, men of color, and immigrants, fail to register with the Selective Service System and learn later they have been denied valuable benefits that would have otherwise helped them to attain the American dream.

WHEREAS, amending the District of Columbia Traffic Act, 1925 to provide for automatic registration offers an easy and constituent-friendly modification to driver’s license applications that helps men improve their futures while allowing federal education and training dollars to flow into Washington, D.C.

WHEREAS, automatic registration has proven to be less expensive to implement than optional registration, much more effective, with no ongoing costs or additional workload for D.C. DMV staff.

SO BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the Advisory Board for Veterans affairs recommends that District of Columbia Traffic Act, 1925 be amended to require that all eligible persons shall register with the Selective Service System when obtaining or renewing an operator’s permit or identification card and to require the Department of Motor Vehicles to notify the applicant on the application that submitting the application serves as consent to registration with the Selective Service System, if required by federal law.

SO BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the Advisory Board for Veterans Affairs recommends the following provisions of the District of Columbia Traffic Act be amended as follows to implement automatic Selective Service registration:

Sec. 2 Section 7(a)5A) of the District of Columbia Traffic Act, 1925, approved March 3, 1925 (43 Stat. 1121; D.C. Official Code § 50-1401.01(a)(5A))., is amended to read as follows:

“(A) Any eligible United States citizen or resident who is at least 18 years of age but no more than 26 years of age shall be registered with the Selective Service System, in compliance with the requirements of section 3 of the Selective Service Act of 1948, approved June 24, 1948 (62 Stat. 605; 50 U.S.C. App. § 453), when applying for an operator’s permit or identification card pursuant to the laws of the District.

“(B) The Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles (“Department”) shall forward, in an electronic format, the personal information required of the applicant identified in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph to the Selective Service System for registration. The Department shall notify the applicant on the application for an operator’s permit or an identification card that submitting the application serves as consent to register with the Selective Service System, in compliance with federal law.

“(C) This form shall comply with the requirements of the Language Access Act of 2004, effective June 19, 2004 (D.C. Law 15-167; D.C. Official Code § 2-1931 et seq.) (“Language Access Act”), including being printed in each required language under section 4 of the Language Access Act.

Respectfully submitted, on this 1st day of March 2016.

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AVC’s Exec. Dir. Saif Khan Appointed to Washington DC’s Veterans Advisory Board

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Washington, DC – 30 July 2015 – American Veterans Committee’s Executive Director Saif Khan was appointed by Washington DC’s Mayor Muriel Bowser today to serve on the Advisory Board on Washington DC Veterans Affairs.  Mr. Khan said “he is looking forward to continuing to serve our veterans and military families.”

Saif Khan with Tammi Lambert, Director of Washington, DC Veterans Affairs

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Veterans Appeals Claims Backlog

In March 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) first-time disability claims had a backlog of 611,073 claims. These are first time claims that are awaiting an initial disability rating decision that have been pending for over 125 days. According to Veterans Benefits Administration Reports, as of April 2015, the first time claim backlog has been reduced to 183,190 claims. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ claims inventory currently exceeds 457,695 pending claims. These are disability compensation and pension claims received by VA, which require a rating decision and includes claims for disability compensation, dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors, and Veterans’ pension benefits, including both original and supplemental claims but does not include claims that are being appealed.

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There is currently an additional backlog of nearly 300,000 appeals claims that are being appealed after the VA has rendered its initial decision. Some of these veterans’ claims have been pending for over four years. A Marine Corps Veteran filed a class-action suit against the Department of Veterans Affairs this month, “seeking to force the department to expedite a growing backlog of benefits claims appeals, including his own.” The Department of Veterans Affairs claims to have focused their staff resources on first-time claims, reducing the first-time claims backlog by nearly 70 percent. However, veterans who have pending claims, assert that the VA handled their first-time claims improperly. Just last year, President Obama signed a $16.3 billion VA Reform Bill giving the VA the resources to improve veterans’ care and increase the agency’s resources to reduce the backlog. Additionally, it appears that Congress may give the VA another budget hike next year.

The VA has set a goal to eliminate its first-time claim backlog by the end of 2015. While such a goal may have been set with the best intentions to reduce the first time claims backlog and support our veterans, it is unclear how many first-time claims VA has approved or rejected. However, it is known that the resubmitted appeals of initial claim decisions have risen 17 percent, an all time high for the VA. The class-action suit asks the court to order the VA to make a disability rating and compensation decision within 30 days on every appeal that has been pending for more than a year if the “applicant has a financial or medical hardship.”

However, we believe that all appeals claims regardless of financial or medical hardship must be decided within 30 days after the VA receives the initial or subsequent appeal from the veteran. After all the resources Congress has provided to the VA to improve care and claims processing, there is no reason why our veterans need to wait for an appeals decision by the Board of Veterans Appeals for more than 30 days.

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A Mandate to Turnaround and Restructure the Veteran’s Affairs Administration

As a national nonprofit organization devoted to our nation’s veterans, our members and leadership know the very deep challenges faced by those who have served in uniform. How? Because we live it every day. As veterans, we strongly feel that President Obama must do better than appoint yet another lifelong military, medical or political bureaucrat to lead the Veterans Administration. Once the current controversy passes, General Shinseki will be discovered to have done an exemplary job in what have become impossible circumstances for any leader. From our perspective, what was lacking was not situation specific, but systemic. What failed was the political will and courage in congress and the administration to shake up an organization being inundated by nearly impossible requirements and demands. Given this situation, midlevel career bureaucrats did what they almost always do – obfuscate and pass the buck and spin alternate realities. Now, what is required is a turnaround specialist – not another bureaucrat who hails from a broken system or one closely related.

During the backlog crisis, a senior VA official was urged to consider drastic action and turnaround the entire VA claims system. His response was departments could not be disrupted because of the huge backlog. Turnarounds most often occur during crisis. Few leaders will restructure an enterprise without the stimulus of possible failure.

The VA network is the largest hospital and provider system in the nation. Medical centers alone number one hundred and fifty-two. System wide, the VA operates over 5,000 points of contact and administers over 200,000 daily appointments. A huge system which is independently rated as providing higher or equal patient satisfaction rates when compared to civilian healthcare. The VA system is strained and damaged but it is far from broken.

Congress insulated the VA from heavy political interference. Political appointments are few and the authority of those officials is limited. The law of unintended consequences is now bearing its bitter fruit. Many VA senior bureaucrats appear to have chosen themselves over the veterans they are dedicated to serve. Mediocrity breeds mediocrity.

When bureaucrats are confronted with political pressures that demand results but ignore the costs to achieve those results, the mediocre or disgruntled senior bureaucrat will ignore or simply wait out the political leadership whose influence is limited by both time and politics. The VA/Pentagon medical records fiasco is one example of bureaucratic stonewalling and inertia.

The President should appoint, and Congress support, a turnaround specialist experienced with public and private restructuring. Appoint a mission-oriented expert whose focus is solely on streamlining the entire operation to accomplish the tasks in the most effective manner. An expert experienced with coordinating the sensitivities of various, frequently disparate, organizations with often opposing agendas is required. Military service and/or experience should not be required and may even be contraindicated.

Choose a strong individual with the support of both congress and the administration. Arm that leader with enough legal authority to accomplish a complete and thorough reorganization. The current Veterans Affairs senior leadership must be reenergized. A culture of mission accomplishment, innovation and risk must replace the current stagnation where often the only practical means to remove a failing leader is to promote them.

This is not a task for the inexperienced. For a new leader, President Obama should comb the private sector for the most qualified executive with experience transforming enterprises into proud functional organizations. Two examples of possible appointees come to mind. First, Mr. Kenneth Fisher who established Fisher House, which has saved and improved lives for thousands of veterans and their loved ones nationwide by providing housing and support to families while loved ones receive health care and rehabilitation is excellent. Second, Mr. Bill White who is the former President of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and a tireless fundraiser, advocate and activist on behalf of veterans and active duty servicemembers is another solid example.

Without such an appointee, the VA senior bureaucracy will hunker down; make pleasing sounds and wait for the next administration. Turning a bull loose in the china shop is not President Obama’s preferred style but occasionally this approach is both necessary and effective.

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Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, honor and remember the men and women who gave their lives while fighting for this nation. We salute these brave Americans and their families for their sacrifices to maintain American freedom and values.

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VA Backlog

The American Veterans Committee applauds the VA’s valiant efforts to date. However, the entire U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is facing exhaustion in a vain attempt to cope with an historic inundation of claims. The current goal of 2015 to end the existing backlog is simply unacceptable.

Too many lives are being hurt financially, mentally and physically to wait for receipt of earned and owed benefits. We support creation of a presidential commission to review the VA’s efforts and interface with Department of Defense (DOD) and other entities. Reorganization or streamlining is definitely in the nation’s and veterans’ interests.

After all is said and done, how we treat our returning military directly affects national security and the entire concept of an all volunteer military.

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A New Non-Profit Veterans Organization Launched Today to Connect Veterans with Networking Opportunities

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