Veterans' Issues

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We must remember those who have sacrificed in honor of our American principles.  These are the veterans of our wars, past, present, and future -- they are the ones who have stood guard over the principles that have created this great nation.  And it is in their memory and names that we must commit to ourselves that we will never forget their sacrifices, that we will not allow their blood to have been shed in vain and that we will, every day, act in accordance with those principles that they fought for.  We must always pay tribute to those who have made our nation great, strong, and most importantly – free.

Actions

  • I am a Member of the Congressional Veteran’s Jobs Caucus and the House Veteran’s Mental Health Caucus.  

  • I am a cosponsor of H.R. 303, the Retired Pay Restoration Act, which would enact full concurrent receipt for America’s disabled military retirees. 

  • I am a cosponsor of H.R. 476, the Veterans Emergency Treatment (VET) Act, which would require VA hospitals to comply with the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act. I am a cosponsor of H.R. 874, the Sgt. Brandon Ketchum Never Again Act, which would require that if a veteran is enrolled in the VA health care system and requests to be admitted for in-patient psychiatric care, the VA Medical Center must provide psychiatric care for the veteran. If there are not enough beds or providers at the VA Medical Center, the VA must find care for the veteran at a non-VA facility. 

  • I am a cosponsor of H.R. 1133, the Veterans Transplant Coverage Act, which would give the VA authority to provide organ transplants to veterans from a live donor regardless of whether the donor is a veteran or whether the health care facility is part of the VA. 

  • In the 114th Congress, I cosponsored H.R. 5392, the No Veterans Crisis Line Call Should Go Unanswered Act, which was signed into law on November 28, 2016. This bipartisan legislation created a quality assurance plan to ensure all calls, text messages, or communications with the Veterans Crisis Line are answered in a timely manner.
  • Last Congress, I also cosponsored H.R. 4352, the Faster Care for Veterans Act, which was signed into law on December 16, 2016. This bipartisan legislation directed the Department of Veterans Affairs to carry out a self-scheduling pilot program so that veterans can schedule and confirm appointments at VA medical facilities through a website or mobile app. 

Veterans History Project 

The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000. This project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. If you are interested in learning more, or if you would like to share your story, please click here.

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