Roe Statement on House Passage of Veterans Legislation
Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after four bills to boost veteran employment, honor our nation’s heroes and improve veterans’ experience with VA’s claims process passed the House of Representatives with broad, bipartisan support:
“The men and women who have fought for our great nation should never have to struggle to find a job or stumble through VA’s claims process. These commonsense bills will help us keep the promises we’ve made to our servicemembers by creating incentives to boost veteran hiring and by making it easier and faster for Congressional offices to help veterans receive information about their VA claims. I’m proud of the work the House has done today to honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes, and I look forward to getting these bipartisan bills signed into law.”
H.R. 974, the Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment (BRAVE) Act, would boost veteran employment by allowing VA to give preference when awarding procurement contracts to government contractors who employ veterans on a fulltime basis. The bill would also allow the VA Secretary to debar companies that purposely provide false numbers regarding their employment of veterans in order to receive preference in receiving a contract.
H.R. 244, the HIRE Vets Act, as amended, would require the Department of Labor to establish a HIRE Vets Medallion Program to recognize companies for their efforts to employ veterans. Under the program, the Department of Labor would annually give HIRE Vets Medallion Awards to private and public sector businesses that recruit, employ and retain veterans and businesses that provide supportive services to the veteran community.
H.R. 512, the WINGMAN Act, would make it easier and faster for Congressional offices to help veterans receive information about their VA claims. The bill would allow designated permanent, full time Congressional staffers to look up the status of a veteran’s claim on VA’s database if the veteran has given the staffer permission. Staffers would have read-only access to VA’s databases, meaning they wouldn’t be able to add or remove any information.
H.R. 609 would designate the Department of Veterans Affairs health care center in Center Township, Butler County, Penn., as the "Abie Abraham VA Clinic,” in honor of World War II veteran Abie Abraham.