September 01, 2019

The Week of 2019-09-01

U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ-4) introduced H.R. 2435, the Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act. This is a bill with widespread bipartisan support. The bill would establish an interagency task force on the use of public lands to provide medical treatment and therapy to veterans through outdoor recreation.

U.S. Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA-16) introduced H.R. 4204, the Special Guerrilla Unit (SGU) Veterans Service Recognition Expansion Act. This bill would authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to inter in national cemeteries individuals who supported the United States in Laos during the Vietnam War era.

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA-43) introduced H.R. 4182, the Women Veterans Support Act. This bill aims to prevent suicide by women veterans.

U.S. Rep. Anthony Delgado (D-NY-19) introduced H.R. 4165, the Improving Benefits for Underserved Veterans Act. This bill directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to publish a report regarding veterans who receive benefits under laws administered by the Secretary, disaggregated by sex and minority group member status.

U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) introduced S. 2392, the Veterans Reimbursement for Emergency Ambulance Services Act. This bill aims to provide for the circumstances under which the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall provide reimbursement for emergency ambulance services.

Article: “Senate Veterans’ Affairs chairman to retire at end of 2019”
Article: “After June’s 2-year hike in VA mortgage fees, Congress is ready to do it again”

Article: “Sen. Boozman Recognizes Mulberry Officer For Going ‘Beyond The Call Of Duty’”

Article: “U.S. Rep. Duffy of Wisconsin Will Leave Congress Sept. 23 Over Unborn Child’s Heart Condition”

Press release: “Isakson Statement on U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Nominations”

Press release: “Chairman Smith Statement on Trump Administration’s Harmful Change in USCIS Policy”

Article: “Jerry Moran in line for Senate Veterans’ Affairs gavel”

Article: “Veterans rip Trump for 'abominable and unpatriotic' new rule attacking military families”

Article: “Immigration officials say new policy will only affect about two dozen military families per year”

Article: “New Trump rule on military families riles LGBT community”
Article: “A retired Army officer is fighting to save his adopted daughter from deportation”

DA statement "Statement on Citizenship Denial to Children of Military Abroad"

Opinion piece: “Military parents shouldn't be punished for being stationed overseas”

Article: “‘Tears started running down my face,’ deported Army veteran says after Gov. J.B. Pritzker pardons him of felony drug conviction”

Article: “VA Secretary wants answers on string of West Virginia patient deaths as a second homicide is confirmed”

Upcoming webinar: “Building A Battle Plan For Military And Veteran Families”

Article: “Pentagon Struggles to Address Service Member Suicides”

Article: “Retirees Could Receive Tricare Refund Check”

[N.Carolina] Article: “Bill for veteran support heads to governor's desk”

[N.Jersey] Article: “Gopal Bill Expanding Veteran Access to Vocational Education Signed into Law”

[Virginia] Article: “Va. military families are living with mold and pests. Will Congress fix it?”

[N.York] Article: “Gov. Cuomo signs legislation to protect veterans from pension poaching”

Opinion piece: “America has failed our female veterans. Here's how we can fix it”

Article: “Actor Gary Sinise Celebrates 25 Years Of Veterans Advocacy”

Opinion piece: “It's time to empower military families with education freedom”

Article: “’No Comment’: Emails Show the VA Took No Action to Spare Veterans From a Harsh Trump Immigration Policy”

Article: “Unable to sue the Army for medical malpractice, this retired soldier is now fighting the VA for benefits”