Dean Heller has a solid record fighting to provide veterans with the benefits they earned during service to our country. During his time in the House and Senate, Dean has worked with both Democrats and Republicans to improve veterans' access to employment, health care and education opportunities.
"Supporting our veterans is not a partisan issue. Men and women returning from service face a long and difficult adjustment to civilian life, which is even harder in our sluggish economy. Providing veterans the tools they need to succeed is one of Congress' greatest responsibilities, which is why I will continue to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure veterans have access to the benefits they've earned," said Dean Heller.
Heller today visits the Veterans Guest House in Reno, NV. The Guest House provides temporary housing to veterans and their families while undergoing medical treatment in the Reno/Sparks area. The visit highlighted the on-going struggle many veterans face to secure permanent housing.
Heller works with Democrats and Republicans to help veterans find employment:
Original Cosponsor of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, bipartisan legislation aimed at hiring Veterans. The VOW provides a tax credit of up to $9,600 to employers who hire unemployed veterans. The legislation also provides funding for programs that provide on-the-job training and employment assistance to veterans. The act was signed into law on November 21, 2011.
Member of the Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus, a bipartisan coalition designed to help veterans find employment.
Heller was the lead Republican on the American Legion Charter Modernization Act (S.1639), which President Obama signed into law on December 13, 2011.
The bill, which was also sponsored by Jon Tester (D-MT), allows the organization to accept debit and credit card payments online. The change makes it easier for newer generations of veterans to become members and pay dues.
Heller helps ensure access to health care, including:
Introduced legislation in the 110th, 111th, 112th sessions of Congress to provide a $400 tax deduction for veterans who have to travel for medical reason.
Cosponsored H.R. 575, the HEALTHY Vets act of 2011, which allows the Department of Veterans Affairs to contract with local doctors if a VA facility is geographically inaccessible.
Voted for HR 1211 Women Veterans Health Care Improvement Act (Sandlin) which requires the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to study barriers encountered by women veterans in accessing VA health care and requires the results be reported to Congress.
Since elected to Congress, Heller has supported the full funding of the Veterans Affairs Agency.
In fact, Dean Heller wrote to leaders in both chambers of Congress calling on them to pass the 2012 VA bill and negotiate every other spending item separately. Veterans should not be held hostage by Congress because of partisan politics.
Supported every vote to provide an increase for VA funding since elected to Congress.
Heller also cosponsored legislation that pays for Armed Forces and Reserves in the event of a funding gap.
Cosponsored S.724: Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act of 2011 (Sen. Hutchinson) which pays for Armed Forces and Reserves in the event of a federal funding gap.
Dean Heller supports legislation to improve veterans' access to education.
Cosponsored H.R.5684, Veterans Education Improvement Act of 2008 which makes critical improvements to the Montgomery GI Bill educational assistance program.
Supports lower taxes for disabled Americans
Cosponsored H.R.333 Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act (Rep Bishop).