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Vietnam Veterans of America

December 13, 2016

The House and Senate are  in recess

U.S. Senate passes Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015

On Saturday, December 10, 2016, H.R. 6416, the Miller-Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Act of 2016, unanimously passed the Senate and is now on the way to the President's Desk for signature into law.

Among the 76 separate provisions of the bill are measures aimed at improving veterans' access to care, benefits, education, and homeless assistance.

Also included in the legislation are the provisions of the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015, Vietnam Veterans of America top legislative priority.

On behalf of our National President, John Rowan my heartfelt congratulations go to all of you who answered the call and took action activating your communities, and working with your representatives on Capitol Hill. Through your relentless perseverance, your voices have been heard.

This legislation, a necessary first step, will lay the groundwork for the research we need on the health of our children and grandchildren, whom we believe, have been impacted by exposures during their parents’ military service.

VVA also thank Senators Moran-KS and Blumenthal-CT for introducing the bill in the Senate S.901 and Representatives Benishek (MI-1) and Honda (CA-17) for introducing the bill in the House H.R. 1769 and their colleagues on both sides for ensuring that this bipartisan legislation was enacted into law.

This is a milestone. Stand by. Our work is not done.

Yours,
John Rowan, VVA National President/CEO

 


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S.2921 Veterans First Act
S.2258 Veterans COLA P.L. 113-181 9/26/2014--Public Law. (There are 3 other summaries)(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.) Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2014 - Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to increase, as of December 1, 2014, the rates of veterans' disability compensation, additional compensation for dependents, the clothing allowance for certain disabled veterans, and dependency and in
S.1085 A bill to expand eligibility for the program of comprehensive assistance for family caregivers of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to expand benefits available to participants under such program, to enhance special compensation for members of the uniformed services who require assistance in everyday life, and for other purposes.
S.901 4/13/2015--Introduced.Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 Directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to select a VA medical center to serve as the national center for research on the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions of the biological children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren of individuals exposed to toxic substances while serving as members of the Armed Forces that are related to such exposure. Requires: (1) the Department of Defense (DOD) or the head of a federal ag
S.885 3/26/2015--Introduced.National POW/MIA Remembrance Act of 2015 Directs the Architect of the Capitol to: (1) enter into an agreement to obtain a chair featuring the logo of the National League of POW/MIA Families, and (2) place it in the U.S. Capitol in a suitable permanent location within two years after enactment of this Act.
S.681 3/9/2015--Introduced.Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2015 Includes as part of the Republic of Vietnam its territorial seas for purposes of the presumption of service connection for diseases associated with exposure by veterans to certain herbicide agents while in Vietnam.
S.657 Caregivers Expansion and Improvement Act of 2015
S.627 A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to revoke bonuses paid to employees involved in electronic wait list manipulations, and for other purposes.
S.471 Women Veterans Access to Quality Care Act of 2015
S.469 Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act of 2015
S.453 2/11/2015--Introduced.Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2015 Amends the Public Health Service Act to direct the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a demonstration program for states with a shortage of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to streamline state requirements and procedures to assist veterans who completed military EMT training to meet state EMT certification, licensure, and other requirements.
S.425 Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act of 2015
S.398 2/5/2015--Introduced.Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act of 2015 Amends the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Programs Enhancement Act of 2001 to require a program under which the Secretary of Veterans Affairs provides chiropractic care and services to veterans through Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers and clinics to be carried out at: (1) no fewer than 75 medical centers by December 31, 2016, and (2) all medical centers by December 31, 2018. Includes
S.374 A bill to amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to extend the requirement of the Secretary to furnish hospital care and medical services through non-Department of Veterans Affairs entities to veterans residing in certain locations.
S.297 1/28/2015--Introduced.Frontlines to Lifelines Act of 2015 Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to revive, for a three-year period, VA's Intermediate Care Technician Pilot Program that was carried out between January 2013 and February 2014. Requires VA to: (1) expand the pilot program to include at least 250 intermediate care technicians, and (2) give priority in assigning those technicians to VA facilities at which veterans have the longest wait times. Requires the Secretary of De
S.296 1/28/2015--Introduced.Veterans Small Business Opportunity and Protection Act of 2015 Treats the surviving spouse of a service-disabled veteran who acquires the ownership interest in a small business of the deceased veteran as such veteran, for purposes of eligibility for the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA's) service-disabled small business contracting goals and preferences, for a period of: (1) 10 years after the veteran's death, if such veteran was either 100% disabled or died from a s
S.271 1/27/2015--Introduced.Retired Pay Restoration Act of 2015 Allows the receipt of both military retired pay and veterans' disability compensation with respect to any service-connected disability (under current law, only a disability rated at 50% or more). Makes eligible for the full concurrent receipt of both veterans' disability compensation and either military retired pay or combat-related special pay those individuals who were retired or separated from military service due to a service-con
S.244 A bill to require an independent comprehensive review of the process by which the Department of Veterans Affairs assesses cognitive impairments that result from traumatic brain injury for purposes of awarding disability compensation, and for other purposes.
S.223 1/21/2015--Introduced.Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct a three-year pilot program to assess the feasibility and advisability of awarding grants to veterans service agencies, veterans service organizations, and nongovernmental tax-exempt organizations with experience assisting veterans or the homeless to provide veterans who are receiving specified VA homeless benefits with furniture, household items, and other assistance to facilitate their settlement into permanent h
S.207 1/21/2015--Introduced.Veterans Access to Community Care Act of 2015 Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to use the Secretary's existing authority to furnish health care to veterans at non-VA facilities to provide health care at non-VA facilities to veterans who reside more than 40 miles driving distance from the closest VA medical facility providing the care they seek.
S.171 1/13/2015--Introduced.Authorizes payment under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) beneficiary travel program of travel expenses in connection with the medical examination, treatment, or care of a veteran with vision impairment, a spinal cord injury or disorder, or double or multiple amputations whose travel is in connection with care provided through a VA special disabilities rehabilitation program, if such care is provided: (1) on an inpatient basis, or (2) while a veteran is provided t
S.136 1/8/2015--Introduced.Gold Star Fathers Act of 2015 Includes as a preference eligible for federal employment purposes a parent (currently, the mother only) of either an individual who lost his or her life under honorable conditions while serving in the Armed Forces during a war, in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, or during the period beginning April 28, 1952, and ending July 1, 1955, or a service-connected permanently and totally disabled veteran, if:
H.R.5484 To establish in the Department of Veterans Affairs a national center for research on the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions of the descendants of veterans exposed to toxic substances during service in the Armed Forces, to establish an advisory board on exposure to toxic substances, and for other purposes.
H.R.5404 Signed into law 9/26/2014 P.L. 113-175. VA Expiring Authorities Act
H.R.3304 National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2014 - P.L. 113-66
H.R.3236 P.L. 114-41 includes short term funding for the VA
H.R.3230 P.L. 113-146 Veterans Access to Care through Choice Accountability/Transparency Act
H.R.3210 9/30/2013--Public Law 113-39
H.R.2319 12/26/2013--Public Law 113-70 Native American Veterans' Memorial Amendment Act of 2013
H.R.1994 VA Accountability Act of 2015
H.R.1969 Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act of 2015
H.R.1769 4/14/2015--Introduced.Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 Directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to select a VA medical center to serve as the national center for research on the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions of the biological children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren of individuals exposed to toxic substances while serving as members of the Armed Forces that are related to such exposure. Requires: (1) the Department of Defense (DOD) or the head of a federal ag
H.R.1607 3/25/2015--Introduced.Ruth Moore Act of 2015 Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in any case in which a veteran claims that a covered mental health condition was incurred in or aggravated by military sexual trauma during active duty, to: (1) accept as sufficient proof of service-connection a diagnosis by a mental health professional together with satisfactory lay or other evidence of such trauma and an opinion by the mental health professional that such condition is related to such tr
H.R.1494 4/11/2013--Introduced.Blue Water Navy Ship Accountability Act. Incorporated in H.R. 2189 that passed house by 404-1 vote
H.R.1412 Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2013. P.L. 113-37
H.R.1379 To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Board of Veterans' Appeals to develop evidence in appeal cases, and for other purposes.
H.R.1356 Women Veterans Access to Quality Care Act of 2015
H.R.1338 To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a study on matters relating to the burial of unclaimed remains of veterans in national cemeteries, and for other purposes.
H.R.1338 Dignified Interment of Our Veterans Act of 2015
H.R.1331 3/4/2015--Introduced.Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2015 Requires (current law authorizes) the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to accept, for purposes of establishing a claim for veterans disability benefits, a report of a medical examination administered by a private physician without requiring confirmation by a Veterans Health Administration physician if the report is sufficiently complete. Defines "sufficiently complete" as competent, credible, probative, and containing suc
H.R.1247 3/4/2015--Introduced.Improving Veterans Access to Quality Care Act of 2015 Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to revive, for a three-year period, VA's Intermediate Care Technician Pilot Program that was carried out between January 2013 and February 2014. Requires VA to: (1) expand the pilot program to include at least 250 intermediate care technicians, and (2) give priority in assigning those technicians to VA facilities at which veterans have the longest wait times. Requires th
H.R.1171 P.L. 113-26 For VETS Act of 2013
H.R.1170 2/27/2015--Introduced.Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act Amends the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Programs Enhancement Act of 2001 to require a program under which the Secretary of Veterans Affairs provides chiropractic care and services to veterans through Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers and clinics to be carried out at: (1) no fewer than 75 medical centers by December 31, 2014, and (2) all medical centers by December 31, 2016. Includes chiropr
H.R.1129 2/26/2015--Introduced.Veterans' Whistleblower and Patient Protection Act of 2015 Establishes within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) an Office of Whistleblower and Patient Protection. Requires the Director of such Office to establish a dedicated Internet website and toll-free telephone number for any individual to file a complaint regarding an alleged prohibited personnel practice committed by a VA officer or employee or the safety of a patient at a VA medical facility. Directs the
H.R.1127 2/26/2015--Introduced.Defines "state homes" to include homes established by federally recognized Indian tribes for veterans who, by reason of disability, are incapable of earning a living. Requires the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay those tribes for the hospital, nursing home, domiciliary, and medical care they provide to veterans in those homes. Makes those tribes eligible for grants from the Secretary for the construction of state homes.
H.R.1067 2/25/2015--Introduced.U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Reform Act This bill extends the temporary expansion of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Specified recall provisions for retired Court judges are amended, including changing the recall period from 90 days in a calendar year to 90 days. A regular service judge and a retired judge shall be treated as an employee for government life insurance purposes. Regular service judges, retired recall eligible judges, and certain
H.R.1067 2/25/2015--Introduced.U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Reform Act This bill extends the temporary expansion of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Specified recall provisions for retired Court judges are amended, including changing the recall period from 90 days in a calendar year to 90 days. A regular service judge and a retired judge shall be treated as an employee for government life insurance purposes. Regular service judges, retired recall eligible judges, and certain
H.R.1015 2/20/2015--Introduced.Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2015 Extends subcontracting limitations that apply to certain small businesses awarded contracts under various Small Business Administration (SBA) programs to small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans with or without service-connected disabilities who are awarded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) contracts. Requires, for purposes of applying such subcontracting limitations to veterans with small bus
H.R.993 2/13/2015--Introduced.Veterans' Independent Living Enhancement Act Repeals provisions that: (1) prohibit the initiation of Department of Veterans Affairs programs providing independent living services and assistance for greater than 2,700 veterans in each fiscal year, and (2) require giving first priority under such programs to veterans for whom the reasonable feasibility of achieving a vocational goal is precluded solely as a result of disability.
H.R.992 2/13/2015--Introduced.Veterans Air Travel Streamlining Act of 2015 Requires: (1) the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to waive the application fee for veterans with a service-connected disability rated at 50% or more who apply to participate in TSA's Pre-check program, and (2) the Administrator and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a system to verify such a veteran's disability rating and whether such veteran's disability is service-connected.
H.R.969 2/13/2015--Introduced.Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2015 Includes as part of the Republic of Vietnam its territorial seas for purposes of the presumption of service connection for diseases associated with exposure by veterans to certain herbicide agents while in Vietnam.
H.R.960 To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs community based outpatient clinic in Newark, Ohio, as the Daniel L. Kinnard Department of Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic.
H.R.941 2/12/2015--Introduced.Amends the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to extend indefinitely the requirement that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnish hospital care and medical services through non-VA facilities to veterans who reside: (1) in a state without a VA medical facility that provides hospital care, emergency medical services, and surgical care; and (2) more than 20 miles from such a facility.
H.R.933 H.R. 933 Public Law 113-6 March 26, 2013 VA FY2013 full appropriations bill
H.R.926 2/12/2015--Introduced.Requires the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide trained guide dogs to veterans who are blind by reason of a service-connected disability, are enrolled for VA hospital care and medical services, and elect to receive such a dog.
H.R.914 To direct the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to jointly operate the Federal Recovery Coordination Program, and for other purposes.
H.R.800 2/5/2015--Introduced.Express Appeals Act Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to: (1) carry out a five-year pilot program to provide the option of an alternative appeals process to determine appeals of claims for disability compensation more quickly, and (2) inform claimants about such program. Describes appeals filed under the pilot program as "fully developed appeals." Authorizes a claimant to elect to file a fully developed appeal by filing with the Secretary: (1) a notic
H.R.763 2/5/2015--Introduced.Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a two-year pilot program under which: (1) eligible veterans may elect to receive hospital care and services at non-Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities, and (2) the Secretary shall reimburse such facilities for the cost of such care and services. Defines an "eligible veteran" as a veteran who: (1) is enrolled in the VA's patient enrollment system, and (2) resides in a geographic area selected by the Secreta
H.R.732 2/4/2015--Introduced.Veterans Access to Speedy Review Act Requires the Board of Veterans' Appeals, for purposes of scheduling a veteran's appeal hearing at the earliest possible date, to determine whether to provide such hearing: (1) at its principal location or at another Department of Veterans Affairs facility or other federal facility, and (2) through the use of videoconferencing or by an appellant's personal appearance. Requires the Board to notify the appellant of such decisions. Allow
H.R.675 2/3/2015--Introduced.Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2015 Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to increase, as of December 1, 2015, the rates of veterans' disability compensation, additional compensation for dependents, the clothing allowance for certain disabled veterans, and dependency and indemnity compensation for surviving spouses and children. Requires each such increase to be the same percentage as the increase in benefits provided under title II (Old Age
H.R.658 2/2/2015--Introduced.VA Regional Office Accountability Act Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to include in a required annual report on Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expenditures and activities a report on each VA regional office that failed to reach administrative goals concerning the timeliness and accuracy of veterans' claims adjudication.
H.R.642 2/2/2015--Introduced.Makes eligible for beneficiary travel through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) a veteran whose travel to a specialized outpatient or residential program at a VA facility is in connection with treatment or care for military sexual trauma.
H.R.627 To amend title 38, United States Code, to expand the definition of homeless veteran for purposes of benefits under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
H.R.613 1/28/2015--Introduced.Servicemember Assistance for Lawful Understanding, Treatment, and Education Act or the SALUTE Act Amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to authorize the Attorney General to award grants for developing, implementing, or enhancing veterans' treatment courts or expanding operational mental health or drug courts to serve veterans to ensure that such courts effectively integrate substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, sanctions and incenti
H.R.577 1/27/2015--Introduced.Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to use the Secretary's existing authority to furnish health care to veterans at non-VA facilities to provide health care at non-VA facilities to veterans who reside more than 40 miles driving distance from the closest VA medical facility providing the care they seek.
H.R.575 1/27/2015--Introduced.Stop Wasteful Bonuses in Department of Veterans Affairs Act of 2015 or VA Bonus Accountability Act Prohibits the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) from awarding a bonus to any VA employee for five years after the end of a fiscal year in which the Comptroller General, the VA Inspector General, or any other senior VA ethics official makes an adverse finding relating to the employee. Requires VA to order such an employee to repay any bonus awarded in any year in which an
H.R.572 1/27/2015--Introduced.Veterans Access to Community Care Act of 2015 Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to use the Secretary's existing authority to furnish health care to veterans at non-VA facilities to provide health care at non-VA facilities to veterans who reside more than 40 miles driving distance from the closest VA medical facility providing the care they seek.
H.R.502 1/22/2015--Introduced.Veterans Health Administration Management Improvement Act Directs the Comptroller General (GAO) to: (1) conduct a five-year management review of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); and (2) submit annual reports to Congress on the matters reviewed, including recommendations for improving the VHA's management. Directs the VA Secretary to establish a five-year pilot program to improve the VHA's management and accountability
H.R.501 1/22/2015--Introduced.Veterans and Servicemembers Employment Rights and Housing Act of 2015 Prohibits employment practices that discriminate based on an individual's military service and amends the Fair Housing Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1968 to prohibit housing discrimination against members of the uniformed services. Declares that it shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer to fail to hire, to discharge, or to otherwise discriminate against individuals because of thei
H.R.498 1/22/2015--Introduced.Efficient Service for Veterans Act Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Secretary of Defense to jointly ensure that certain VA readjustment counseling centers have access to the Defense Personnel Record Image Retrieval system and the Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense Identity Repository system.
H.R.483 1/22/2015--Introduced.Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act of 2015 Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to exempt from worldwide or numerical limitations on immigrant visas the sons and daughters of Filipino World War II veterans who were naturalized under the Immigration Act of 1990 or other specified federal law.
H.R.474 1/22/2015--Introduced.Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act of 2015 Extends through FY2020 the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) homeless veterans reintegration programs. (Those programs provide job training, counseling, and placement services to homeless veterans to expedite their reintegration into the labor force.) Makes eligible for participation in those programs: (1) homeless veterans, (2) veterans who are participating in the VA supported housing program for
H.R.473 Increasing the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability to Veterans Act of 2015
H.R.456 1/21/2015--Introduced.Reducing Barriers for Veterans Education Act of 2015 Makes an individual who is eligible for educational assistance under the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance program eligible for assistance with the fees for applying to institutions of higher education (IHEs). Sets the amount of such assistance payable to an individual at the lesser of: (1) the total application fees charged to the individual by the IHEs, or (2) $750.
H.R.444 1/21/2015--Introduced.Expanding Care for Veterans Act Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop a plan to expand the scope of VA's research and education on, and delivery and integration of, complementary and alternative medicine services. Requires the Secretary to carry out, through VA's Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, a three-year program to: (1) assess the feasibility and advisability of integrating the delivery of complementary and alternativ
H.R.423 1/21/2015--Introduced.Newborn Care Improvement Act Allows the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide the newborn child of a woman veteran who is receiving VA maternity care with post-delivery care services for 14 days after the child's birth if the veteran delivered the child in a VA facility or another facility with which VA has a contract for such services. (Currently, such care may not be provided for more than 7 days.)
H.R.421 1/20/2015--Introduced.Classified Veterans Access to Care Act Requires the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to: establish standards and procedures to ensure that a veteran who participated in a classified mission or served in a sensitive unit while in the Armed Forces may access VA mental health care in a manner that fully accommodates the veteran's obligation to not improperly disclose classified information; disseminate guidance to employees of the Veterans Health Administration, inclu
H.R.366 1/14/2015--Introduced.Putting Our Veterans Back to Work Act of 2015 Amends the: (1) VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 to extend through 2018 the veterans retraining assistance program, and (2) Wounded Warrior Act to extend through 2018 the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) (Secretary) to provide the same rehabilitation and vocational benefits to members of the Armed Forces with severe injuries or illnesses as are provided to veterans. Extends through: (1) March 31, 2018, addi
H.R.360 Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2015
H.R.325 No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 ( P.L. 113-3)
H.R.315 1/13/2015--Introduced.Filipino Veterans Promise Act Directs the Secretary of Defense to establish a process for determining whether individuals who served in the organized military forces of the Government of the Commonwealth of the Philippines or in the Philippine Scouts while in the service of the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II and who are not included in the Missouri List are eligible for certain benefits relating to their U.S. service.
H.R.303 1/13/2015--Introduced.Retired Pay Restoration Act Expresses the sense of Congress that military retired pay should not be reduced because a military retiree is also eligible for veterans' disability compensation awarded for a service-connected disability. Allows the receipt of both military retired pay and veterans' disability compensation with respect to any service-connected disability (under current law, only a disability rated at 50% or more). Repeals provisions phasing in the full con
H.R.294 1/13/2015--Introduced.Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act Authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), during the three-year period beginning on October 1, 2015, to transfer a veteran for whom the Secretary is required to provide nursing home care to a medical foster home that meets VA standards pursuant to a contract or agreement with the VA, at such veteran's request. Requires such veteran to agree, as a transfer condition, to accept VA home health services.
H.R.288 1/13/2015--Introduced.Veterans Medical Access Act Authorizes payment under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) beneficiary travel program of travel expenses in connection with medical examination, treatment, or care of a veteran with vision impairment, a spinal cord injury or disorder, or double or multiple amputations whose travel is in connection with care provided through a VA special disabilities rehabilitation program, if such care is provided: (1) on an inpatient basis, or (2) whil
H.R.280 1/12/2015--Introduced.Authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to issue an order directing a VA employee to repay the amount, or a portion of the amount, of an award or bonus paid to the employee if: (1) the Secretary determines that such repayment is appropriate, and (2) the employee is afforded notice and an opportunity for a hearing. Makes the Secretary's repayment decisions final and unreviewable by any other agency or any court. Makes this Act applicable to awards or bonuses pa
H.R.271 1/12/2015--Introduced.Creating Options for Veterans Expedited Recovery Act or the COVER Act Establishes the Veterans Expedited Recovery Commission to: examine the efficacy of the evidence-based therapy model used by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for treating mental health illnesses of veterans and identify areas to improve wellness-based outcomes; conduct a patient-centered survey within each of the Veterans Integrated Service Networks to examine the experience of veterans with the D
H.R.258 5/22/2013-- P.L. 1113-12 Stolen Valor Act of 2013
H.R.257 Veterans Health Equity Act of 2013
H.R.252 1/9/2015--Introduced.Comprehensive Homes for Heroes Act of 2015 Amends the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act to establish in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) a Special Assistant for Veterans Affairs to: (1) ensure veterans' access to HUD housing and homeless assistance programs, (2) coordinate all HUD programs and activities relating to veterans, and (3) serve as a HUD liaison with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Directs the HUD Secretary to provi
H.R.251 1/9/2015--Introduced.Homes for Heroes Act of 2015 Amends the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act to establish in the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) a Special Assistant for Veterans Affairs to: (1) ensure veterans fair access to HUD housing and homeless assistance programs, (2) coordinate all HUD programs and activities relating to veterans, and (3) serve as a HUD liaison with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Terminates, a
H.R.250 Families of Fallen Servicemembers First Act
H.R.220 1/8/2015--Introduced.Veterans Dependents' Parity Act Extends the eligibility of a child for medical care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) until the child's 26th birthday, regardless of the child's marital status or whether the child is pursuing a full-time course of instruction at an educational institution.
H.R.218 1/8/2015--Introduced.CHAMPVA Children's Protection Act of 2015 Increases from 23 to 26 the maximum age of eligibility for certain dependent children of veterans for medical care under CHAMPVA (the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs [VA]).
H.R.216 1/8/2015--Introduced.Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Planning Reform Act of 2015 Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to submit annually to Congress a future-years veterans program (program) reflecting estimated expenditures and proposed appropriations included in the budget for that fiscal year. Requires each program to set forth a five-year VA plan to address the U.S. commitment to veterans and the resources necessary to meet that commitment. Requires the Secretary, in 20
H.R.216 1/8/2015--Introduced.Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Planning Reform Act of 2015 Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to submit annually to Congress a future-years veterans program (program) reflecting estimated expenditures and proposed appropriations included in the budget for that fiscal year. Requires each program to set forth a five-year VA plan to address the U.S. commitment to veterans and the resources necessary to meet that commitment. Requires the Secretary, in 20
H.R.203 Clay Hunt Save Act 2/12/2015 Became Public Law No: 114-2.
H.R.190 1/7/2015--Introduced.Making Servicemember Foreclosure Protections Permanent Act Amends the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 to make permanent the extended one-year period after a servicemember's military service during which: (1) a court may stay proceedings to enforce an obligation on real or personal property owned by the servicemember prior to such military service; and (2) the sale, foreclosure, or seizure of such property is invalid without a
H.R.189 1/7/2015--Introduced.Servicemember Foreclosure Protections Extension Act of 2015 Amends the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 to extend through calendar year 2016 the one-year period after a service member's military service during which: (1) a court may stay proceedings to enforce an obligation on real or personal property owned by the service member before such military service; and (2) any sale, foreclosure, or seizure of such property shall be i
H.R.83 H.R.83 - Signed into law 12/16/2014 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015. Funds VA to end of FY 2015
H.J.RES.124 Continuing Appropriation Resolutions P.L. 113-164 9/19/2014--Public Law. (There are 3 other summaries)(This measure has not been amended since it was passed by the House on September 17, 2014. The summary of that version is repeated here.) Highlights: The Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015 provides continuing FY2015 appropriations to federal agencies until December 11, 2014, or enactment of specified appropriations legislation. The joint resolution also authorizes the Secretary of D
H.CON.RES.16 2/10/2015--Introduced.Recognizes the difficult challenges Black veterans faced when returning home after serving in the Armed Forces, their heroic military sacrifices, and their patriotism in fighting for equal rights and for the dignity of a people and a nation. Recognizes the need for the Department of Veterans Affairs to continue to work to eliminate any health and benefit disparities for minority veterans.
H.CON.RES.4 1/6/2015--Introduced.Authorizes the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center on February 3, 2015, for a ceremony to present the Congressional Gold Medal to the First Special Service Force in recognition of its service during World War II.
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