House Veterans' Affairs Chairman Filner Pleased at House Passage of Bills Honoring America's Veterans: A Congressional "Thank You" for Memorial Day
A package of bills that expand veterans' health care and benefits won approval in the House of Representatives today. The action comes as the nation prepares to honor America's fallen this Memorial Day weekend. Chairman Bob Filner congratulated the members of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee for their dedication and leadership on the issues of improving treatment for traumatic brain injury, expanding eligibility for vocational rehabilitation benefits and improving outreach activities to veterans, among other things.
1. H.R. 612 - to extend the period of eligibility for health care for combat service in the Persian Gulf or future hostilities from two years to five years after discharge or release.
2. H.R. 2199 - to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide certain improvements in the treatment of individuals with traumatic brain injuries.
3. H.R. 2239 - to expand eligibility for vocational rehabilitation benefits administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
4. H.R. 67 - to improve the outreach activities of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
5. H.R. 1470 - to require the provision of chiropractic care and services to veterans at all Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers.
6. H.R. 1660 - to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a national cemetery for veterans in the southern Colorado region.
7. H. Res. 392 - to urge Americans and people of all nationalities to visit the American Cemeteries, Memorial and Markers.
"This Memorial Day, Members of the House came together to show our support for our veterans and their families," said Chairman Filner (D-CA). "Our nation has a proud legacy of appreciation and gratitude to the men and women who have worn the uniform in defense of this country and we will work tirelessly and boldly to honor those who are mourning the loss of one of their own and those who have loved ones far from home."