Andrews supports key legislation for veteran and current service members
On Tuesday, the House passed two key measures for our veterans. The first, the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act (H.R. 1016), authorizes Congress to approve investments in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical care one year in advance to provide time for the VA to plan how to deliver the best care to an increasing number of veterans with increasingly complex medical conditions. The Second, entitled the Women Veterans Health Care Improvement Act (H.R. 1211), will expand and improve VA health care services for the 1.8 million women who have bravely served their country. Specifically, H.R. 1211 provides women veterans with increased access to medical care for newborn children, as well as creating a new pilot program for child care services. Additionally, the bill provides enhancements for PTSD and VA sexual trauma programs.
These bills will build on other legislation passed in this Congress that strive to meet the needs of those who served our country. For instance, the Supplemental Appropriations bill provides our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan with the funding needed to combat the War on Terror, while expanding college education benefits to children of fallen service members, as well as providing retroactive compensation to thousands of service individuals whose enlistment was involuntarily extended since September 11, 2001. Additionally, this week, the House passed The Disabled Military Retiree Relief Act of 2009 (H.R. 2990) in a unanimous 404 to 0 vote. This legislation expands the eligibility for military retirees to receive their full retirement pay plus veterans' disability compensation, given military retirees currently suffer a deduction in their retirement pay based on their amount of disability pay.
As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Andrews remains dedicated to meeting the needs of our men and women in uniform who serve bravely to protect our freedom.