Veterans Affairs Committee

MISSION: Ensure that the interests of AOPA members are represented in issues dealing with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs including the 21 unique Veterans Integrated Services Networks (VISNs) that coordinate care to America’s Veteran population

CHARGE: The Veterans Affairs committee is responsible for creating and publicizing AOPA’s position on all issues that involve interaction with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  The Veterans Affairs Committee will establish efficient lines of communication between AOPA and representatives of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at both the national and local (VISN) level.  The AOPA Veterans Affairs committee will communicate issue of importance to AOPA members and to the interested public.

The Committee may establish “work groups” as necessary to ensure accomplishment of its annual objectives and to enhance membership involvement.  Work groups may be composed entirely of Veterans Affairs Committee members, but each work group must have at least one member of the Veterans Affairs Committee.

SPECIFIC ROLES Develop strategy to ensure that AOPA members are treated fairly and without prejudice by the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

  • Communicate with VA representatives at the local and national level on a regular basis.
  • Draft official AOPA comments on any Federal Register notices that may impact, directly or indirectly, the AOPA membership.
  • Communicate with members of Congress regarding issues that may impact the ability of AOPA members to provide service to the Veteran population

COMPOSITION: 8-10 members, appointed by the President.  In making committee appointments, the President should seek to introduce new participants each year, and limit tenure to 2 years.


  • Committee members should be versed in issues involving the VA.
  • There should be broad geographic representation among members with representation from as many unique VISNs as possible.
  • Committee members must be committed to supporting the decisions, opinions, and recommendations of the committee, regardless of their personal views or individual facility practices.
  • Committee members must be dedicated to the work of AOPA and the Veterans Affairs Committee and be willing to commit to volunteering significant time and serious attention to the committee’s mission and goals.

For a list of current volunteers serving on this committee, click here.

AOPA staff liaison for this committee: Joe McTernan at