Action on Veterans Bills

Action on Veterans Bills

The House approved several veterans-related bills this week that include:

The “Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act” (H.R. 3286), which would require the Department of Labor to better recognize employers’ efforts to recruit and retain veteran employees and provide community and charitable services to the veteran community.

The “No Hero Left Untreated Act” (H.R. 5600), would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), to carry out a one-year pilot program to treat veterans with PTSD, TBI, chronic pain, and opioid addiction. Also those who have experienced military sexual trauma with magnetic EEG/EKG-guided resonance therapy, which uses magnetic stimulation to help restore proper functioning in the brain.

Legislation (H.R. 4757), to require VA to supply a headstone, marker or medallion for Medal of Honor recipients buried at private cemeteries. The bill would also allow VA to send a Presidential Memorial Certificate. A certificate that expresses the nation’s recognition and gratitude of military service.  As well as, to the families of deceased veterans, and to the families of deceased members of certain Reserve components of the Armed Forces.

The “Veterans Mobility Safety Act” (H.R. 3471), would direct VA to develop a comprehensive policy of quality standards, for providers who dispense modification services to veterans under the Automobile Adaptive Equipment Program. The bill would also authorize VA to hire and prescribe qualifications for hiring hearing aid specialists.

H.R. 3471 now awaits the president’s signature, while the other bills listed above await consideration by the Senate. Lastly, the “No Veterans Crisis Line Call Should Go Unanswered” (H.R. 5392), directing the VA to develop a plan to ensure that each telephone call, text message or any other form of communication that is received by the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) is answered in a timely manner (Reported on in 9/30/16 Newsbytes) was recently signed into law by President Obama

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