On May 31, 2012, Congressman Sires joined his colleagues in The House of Representatives in voting in favor H.R. 5854, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013. This legislation would invest in veteran's healthcare facilities and programs by providing funding through 2014. The bill passed the House by a vote of 407-12.
"It is crucial that we continue to invest in programs the support and care for our veterans" said Congressman Sires. "I'm proud to support legislation that provides needed programs that help our veterans."
Specifically, H.R. 5854 provides funding for VA homeless assistance programs and costs. Additionally this legislation expands veteran's mental healthcare programs, including programs assisting those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide prevention programs. H.R. 5854 also includes funding to help VA healthcare facilities create an integrated electronic health record system that transitions records from an individual's active service in the military to the VA.
"Those that have sacrificed so much for their country deserve the best possible care" said Sires. "This legislation would help ensure that no veteran is left behind when returning to civilian life."
At the present moment, H.R. 5854 is under review in the Senate.