Veterans Caucus of the AAPA

Caucus or Not to Caucus?

Caucus or Not to Caucus?

What is a “caucus” and what do they do? Webster’s defines “Caucus” as 1) part of a legislative process; 2) any meeting or group organized to further a special interest or cause. The AAPA has several Special Interest Caucuses who support various issues. So AAPA members who are veterans, friends or family of veterans, care for veterans, or are simply interested in veteran’s health or any veteran’s issues are eligible to become a member of the Veteran’s Caucus (known from this point as “the Caucus”) of the AAPA.

To read more: Caucus or Not to Caucus?

Lifetime Membership

Lifetime Membership Availability

The Board of Directors has approved the option for Lifetime Membership to the Veterans Caucus for a limit period of time for the following categories: Fellow, Affiliate and Associate Members. See the Membership menu option for further information. Effective 1/1/2015 the Lifetime Membership fee will be $300.00. (11/9/2010)

Congress Passes Law Creating ID Card for Veterans:

Congress has approved the creation of a veterans' identification card, making it easier for veterans to prove militray service without having to produce a militraty service record or some other valuable document.

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Post 7/15/2015


VA Health Care:

Effective January 1, 2015 (back dated) all Veterans who apply for VA health Care will no longer need to count assets.
What Does This Mean – VA will only consider a veteran's previous year’s gross household income (earned and unearned income) and deductible expenses to determine eligibility and/or copay responsibility for purposes of VA health care enrollment/benefit purposes. This is a potential game changer for many veterans who were reluctant to apply for VA health care due to asset disclosure requirements, and means that many veterans will not be burdened with large co-pays and decreased eligibility due to their assets.

John E. Padgett, PA-C, PhD
MAJ, US Special Forces (Ret)
Emeritus Founding Professor, Touro University Nevada


By Jim Tice, Staff writer 3:21 p.m. EST December 1, 2014


Vietnam-era soldiers who faced punitive discharges because they suffered from post-traumatic stress are to be given liberal consideration to requests for discharge upgrades.

Secretary of the Army John McHugh issued this directive to the Army Review Boards Agency, the service's highest level of administrative review for personnel actions.

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Excerpt from Army Times, 12/1/2014

Barbara Barrick Retires

On behalf of the Veterans Caucus, Tim Egan, Past President of the Veterans Caucus honors Barb Barrick for her contributions and diligent service, with a Caucus challenge coin, upon her retirement from Geisinger Health Systems Continuing Medical Education office. Barb has been assisting in the Topics in the Tropics program for over 20 years serving as the main registrar for the meetings. She has also attended the program to assist Sharon Hanley with the on-site production of the meeting in years past. Along with the coin, she was given a gift card from the Caucus. We all wish Barb a happy and fulfilling retirement.

Tim Egan
Veterans Caucus
Past President

"To my Veterans Caucus friends,

Thank you so much for the nice card, coin and gift cards that you sent for my retirement.  I appreciate your thoughtfulness at this time in my life.  It has been a pleasure working with all of you for the past 23 years.  I made some special friends and acquaintances that will always have a special place in my heart.  Sharon and I have worked together for 27 years and we love to reminisce when Topics in the Tropics first began.  Lots of good memories with Dave Gwinn and others who have left us.  They are gone but will never be forgotten.

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.  Best of luck with the 24th Annual Topics in the Tropics.

Best always,