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2021-05-25 23:09:48
by Alexa Hornbeck
Texas Approves Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Study for Veterans with PTSD

AUSTIN, Texas-- In Texas this week, a bipartisan bill to develop a study on the use of psychedelic therapy to... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas-- In Texas this week, a bipartisan bill to develop a study on the use of psychedelic therapy to treat post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate.  “We are losing over 20 veterans a day... Read More

2020-12-10 18:49:16
by Dan McCue
IAVA Celebrates Senate Passage of Landmark Women Veterans Legislation

WASHINGTON - The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America on Thursday cheered Senate passage of the Deborah Sampson Act, which... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America on Thursday cheered Senate passage of the Deborah Sampson Act, which directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to carry out the three-year pilot program to assess how best to provide assistance... Read More

2020-10-16 15:40:54
by Dan McCue
National Native American Veterans Memorial to Open Near Capitol Hill Nov. 11

WASHINGTON - Right now, it's just a hub of activity behind a construction area awning at the foot of Capitol... Read More

WASHINGTON - Right now, it's just a hub of activity behind a construction area awning at the foot of Capitol Hill, but come Nov. 11 the site, on the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian, will be... Read More

2020-10-16 14:03:28
by Reece Nations
Fitzpatrick, Kilmer, Connolly Co-Sponsor Resolution Defending Veterans’ Health Benefits

LANGHORNE, Pa. — Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, D-Pa., Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Gerry Connolly, D-Va., brought forth a bill that would... Read More

LANGHORNE, Pa. — Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, D-Pa., Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Gerry Connolly, D-Va., brought forth a bill that would ensure disabled veterans can fully utilize their benefits following disruptions in veterans’ health care due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Back... Read More

From Defeat to a First-Ever Bill: How Veterans Are Fighting Back on Toxic Exposure

WASHINGTON — When Rosie Torres first knocked on Congress’ doors almost a decade ago, asking for help for her husband... Read More

WASHINGTON — When Rosie Torres first knocked on Congress’ doors almost a decade ago, asking for help for her husband and other veterans who became sick following exposure to military burn pits, she gained little traction. What she heard: More... Read More

2020-06-04 21:14:05
by Gaspard Le Dem
Tester, IAVA Detail Economic and Emotional Toll Coronavirus Taking On U.S. Veterans

As the U.S. struggles to fight off a lingering coronavirus pandemic, the full impact of the crisis on the lives... Read More

As the U.S. struggles to fight off a lingering coronavirus pandemic, the full impact of the crisis on the lives of Americans is just starting to come into view. But for the veteran community -- as for many other groups... Read More

2020-06-04 20:58:02
by Dan McCue
Census Bureau Finds High Disability Rates Among Post 9-11 Vets

WASHINGTON - America's veteran population is changing, with its overall size declining, the number of women in its ranks on... Read More

WASHINGTON - America's veteran population is changing, with its overall size declining, the number of women in its ranks on the rise, and a generation of Post 9-11 vets who are far more likely to suffer from a service-connected disability... Read More

2020-05-15 19:55:04
by Kate Michael
Congress Members Call for Safe Voting for Veterans During the Pandemic

WASHINGTON - At a time when experts instruct at-risk persons to avoid large crowds and to social distance to protect... Read More

WASHINGTON - At a time when experts instruct at-risk persons to avoid large crowds and to social distance to protect their health, the United States’ electoral process is getting more attention than ever.  Senator Jon Tester, D-Mont., Senator Tammy Duckworth,... Read More

Schumer Calls on VA to Explain Use of Unproven Drug on Vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat on Sunday called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to explain why it... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat on Sunday called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to explain why it allowed the use of an unproven drug on veterans for the coronavirus, saying patients may have been put at unnecessary risk. Sen. Charles... Read More

2020-04-15 23:12:04
by Dan McCue
President Signs Cunningham/Katko Bill Establishing Virtual VA Claims Hearings

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has signed into law bipartisan legislation that enables veterans to virtually attend Department of Veteran... Read More

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has signed into law bipartisan legislation that enables veterans to virtually attend Department of Veteran Affairs claims hearings from home. The legislation was introduced by Reps. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C, and John Katko, R-N.Y. in October.... Read More

2020-04-15 18:51:19
by Dan McCue
IAVA Expands Effort to Provide Timely Help to Vets During Pandemic

WASHINGTON - The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is expanding its highly regarded rapid response program to provide aid... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is expanding its highly regarded rapid response program to provide aid and comfort to even more veterans during the coronavirus pandemic. Newly rebranded as the IAVA's "Quick Reaction Force," the initiative... Read More

2020-02-07 15:26:28
by Dan McCue
Sherrill, Stivers Deliver Unanimous Passage of Veterans Service Dog Bill

WASHINGTON - Proving that acrimony wasn't the only emotion felt on Capitol Hill this week, Reps. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J. and... Read More

WASHINGTON - Proving that acrimony wasn't the only emotion felt on Capitol Hill this week, Reps. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J. and Steve Stivers, R-Ohio delivered a unanimous House vote Wednesday in favor of granting access to treatment derived from working with... Read More

2019-12-10 19:52:13
by Dan McCue
Peters Eschews Spotlight to Roll Up Sleeves and Get Things Done

WASHINGTON - In a divisive political era, Rep. Scott Peters, a California Democrat, still manages to find a way to... Read More

WASHINGTON - In a divisive political era, Rep. Scott Peters, a California Democrat, still manages to find a way to reach across the aisle to get things done. Whether it’s introducing legislation to make cost-effective biosimilar drugs more accessible, leading... Read More

2019-12-03 19:51:51
by Dan McCue
IAVA CEO Butler Takes Up the Fight for a New Generation of Veterans

WASHINGTON - In many ways, Jeremy Butler is the perfect interview subject. It doesn't take much to encourage him to... Read More

WASHINGTON - In many ways, Jeremy Butler is the perfect interview subject. It doesn't take much to encourage him to talk about topics he's passionate about. And as the newly appointed CEO of Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Butler... Read More

2019-10-01 18:21:24
by Dan McCue
Brindisi, Bost Lead Bipartisan Effort to Secure Aid to Rural Veterans

WASHINGTON - Reps. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., and Mike Bost, R-Ill., led a successful bipartisan effort to extend key veterans programs... Read More

WASHINGTON - Reps. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., and Mike Bost, R-Ill., led a successful bipartisan effort to extend key veterans programs such as support for traveling far for medical care. The Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2019 extends... Read More

2019-09-17 21:02:23
by Sean Trambley
Brindisi Bill Would Require VA Women Veteran Call Center to Be Text Accessible

Freshman Rep. Anthony Brindisi, a member of the bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force, has introduced legislation to mandate accessibility for... Read More

Freshman Rep. Anthony Brindisi, a member of the bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force, has introduced legislation to mandate accessibility for women at the VA’s healthcare call center. Brindisi’s legislation, H.R. 2972, would statutorily require the Veterans Affairs Women Veterans Call... Read More

2019-07-19 21:56:07
by Sean Trambley
McBath, Steube Garner Bipartisan Support For Veterans Assistance Bill

First-term Representatives Lucy McBath, D-Ga., and Greg Steube, R-Fla., have introduced legislation aimed at protecting disabled veterans and their families... Read More

First-term Representatives Lucy McBath, D-Ga., and Greg Steube, R-Fla., have introduced legislation aimed at protecting disabled veterans and their families who are experiencing financial hardship. Introduced in May, the bipartisan Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need (HAVEN) Act, H.R. 2938,... Read More

2019-07-11 21:19:25
by Elin Johnson
Levin, Pappas Press VA Over Return of Erroneous Loan Fees Charged To Vets

In our new series, Freshmen Get it Done, The Well News will be highlighting legislative accomplishments by freshman Members of... Read More

In our new series, Freshmen Get it Done, The Well News will be highlighting legislative accomplishments by freshman Members of Congress from both parties. *** Representatives Mike Levin, D-Calif., and Chris Pappas, D-N.H., are pressing Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie... Read More

2018-09-08 18:39:15
by NC-09: Dan McCready (D)
NC-09: Dan McCready (D)

Dan first felt called to serve our country in the years after 9/11, which happened while he was in college. Dan ... Read More

Dan first felt called to serve our country in the years after 9/11, which happened while he was in college. Dan felt he had been given a lot and wanted to give something back, so he joined the Marines. Dan led 65 ... Read More

2018-09-08 17:57:10
by CA-39: Gil Cisneros (D)
CA-39: Gil Cisneros (D)

Gil Cisneros is an independent leader running for Congress to ensure our children are provided with the same ladder of ... Read More

Gil Cisneros is an independent leader running for Congress to ensure our children are provided with the same ladder of opportunity that the Navy provided him. Read More

2018-09-08 17:13:14
by TX-23: Gina Ortiz Jones (D)
TX-23: Gina Ortiz Jones (D)

After graduating from Boston University with a BA and MA in Economics, and a BA in East Asian Studies, Gina ... Read More

After graduating from Boston University with a BA and MA in Economics, and a BA in East Asian Studies, Gina entered the U.S. Air Force as an intelligence officer, where she deployed to Iraq and served under the U.... Read More

2018-09-08 16:02:30
by NY-11: Max Rose (D)
NY-11: Max Rose (D)

Max is the former Chief of Staff for Brightpoint Health, a non-profit healthcare organization that has responded effectively to the ... Read More

Max is the former Chief of Staff for Brightpoint Health, a non-profit healthcare organization that has responded effectively to the needs of underserved New Yorkers for over 25 years. Read More

2018-09-08 15:24:49
by NJ-11: Mikie Sherrill (D)
NJ-11: Mikie Sherrill (D)

After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1994, Mikie spent almost 10 years on active duty in the United States ... Read More

After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1994, Mikie spent almost 10 years on active duty in the United States Navy. She flew missions throughout Europe and the Middle East as a Sea King helicopter pilot. Read More

2018-09-08 14:51:36
by PA-06: Chrissy Houlahan (D)
PA-06: Chrissy Houlahan (D)

Chrissy Houlahan is a former teacher, former U.S. Air Force Captain, and a successful businesswoman who helped to create ... Read More

Chrissy Houlahan is a former teacher, former U.S. Air Force Captain, and a successful businesswoman who helped to create hundreds of jobs in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Read More

2018-09-08 14:37:42
by IL-12: Brendan Kelly (D)
IL-12: Brendan Kelly (D)

With the help of a Navy ROTC scholarship, Brendan attended the University of Notre Dame, earning a degree in Government ... Read More

With the help of a Navy ROTC scholarship, Brendan attended the University of Notre Dame, earning a degree in Government and International Relations and earning a commission as an officer in the United States Navy. Read More

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