Veterans Day is just around the corner, but when it comes to our servicemen and women, the House is working year round. Chairman Jeff Miller (FL-01) and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs have worked tirelessly this past Congress to ensure our veterans receive the most our country can give them in return for what they’ve already given us.
While there is always more to be done—especially further reforms to bring the VA into the 21st century and make it competent and accountable—here’s a list of just a few of the bills that the House has passed recently to help our veterans.
- The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act:Signed this summer, this bill was a step in the right direction to fixing “an agency that has become the poster child for ineffective bureaucracy.” The bill provides our veterans the opportunity to seek care outside of the VA if they are unable to be seen at a VA facility within 30 days. It also gives significant relief to veterans living in rural America and greater than 40 miles from the closest VA facility by allowing them to seek outside care.
- Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act: Reduces veteran homelessness by reforming how the Department of Housing and Urban Development provides housing assistance for disabled veterans.
- Veterans Economic Opportunity Act: Creates new employment, vocational, and educations programs for veterans.
- Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury Care Improvement Act: Improves the effectiveness of providing assistance to veterans with traumatic brain injury to enhance their rehabilitation, quality of life, and community integration.
- GI Tuition Fairness Act: Expands education opportunities for veterans by allowing them to attend the state-run higher-education institution of their choice at the in-state tuition rate.
- Act to establish a commission to evaluate the disability claims backlog in the VA: Will seek to identify the root cause of disability claims backlog in the VA and recommend a solution for ending the backlog by 2015.
- Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authority Act: Extends various veterans programs to assist disables veterans with adapting to life back at home.
In the next congress, the House and the Committee on Veterans Affairs will continue to work for our veterans so that we can thank them not just with words, but with actions.