WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement after the House passed several bills related to veterans this week.
“As we approach Memorial Day, one of the ways we can honor the fallen is to ensure that their brothers and sisters are properly cared for. Our servicemen and women answer the call of duty, and our responsibility to them doesn’t stop when their tours end. I was proud to join my colleagues in supporting legislation that helps our veterans receive the quality health care, education, and transitional support they earned and deserve.”
This week the House passed:
The Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act/H.R. 1812 - Authorizes additional veterans and service members to receive service at Vet Centers, including those who were active duty in response to a national emergency, natural disaster or drug operation.
The Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-living Adjustment Act of 2019/H.R. 1200 - Increases the compensation rates for disabled veterans and their families.
The Veterans’ Care Quality Transparency Act (H.R. 2372) - Creates a study on the effectiveness of VA partnerships with outside groups to provide suicide prevention and mental health services.
The Veterans’ Education, Transition, and Opportunity Prioritization Plan Act of 2019 (H.R. 2045) - Establishes the Veterans Economic Opportunity and Transition Administration at the VA to manage the department’s vocational rehab, education, housing and veteran-owned small business programs.
The Navy Seal Chief Petty Officer William "Bill" Mulder (Ret.) Transition Improvement Act of 2019 (H.R. 2326) - Authorizes grants to job assistance groups offering employment training to veterans, and helps assess existing career counseling programs and veteran employment rates to ease the transition process.
The FIGHT Veteran Suicide Act (H.R. 2340) - Requires the VA to notify Congress within seven days of any suicide or attempted suicide in a VA facility and notify within 60 days of the veteran’s background and use of VA health care.
The Support for Suicide Prevention Coordinators Act (H.R. 2333) - Requires the GAO to assess the support for veteran suicide prevention coordinators.
The Whole Veteran Act (H.R. 2359) - Directs the VAP to report on the availability of alternative treatments for whole health, such as yoga and acupuncture, at VA medical facilities.
H.R. 1947 - Allows the VA to establish nonprofits within the VA medical centers to conduct research.