Veterans

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

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

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

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
Veterans
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 and other veterans who became sick following exposure to military burn pits, she gained little traction. What she heard: More... Read More

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

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

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

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

Congressional Leaders Push to Remove Swastikas, Praise for Hitler from Veterans’ Cemeteries
Veterans
Congressional Leaders Push to Remove Swastikas, Praise for Hitler from Veterans’ Cemeteries

Congressional leaders who oversee the budget for the Veterans Administration are making a Memorial Day push for the removal of gravestones containing swastikas and praise for Adolf Hitler from veterans’ cemeteries. Outrage over the symbols representing Nazism is bipartisan. The... Read More

Sen. Cory Booker Renews Effort to Get Names of Sailors Added to Vietnam Veterans Memorial
In The News
Sen. Cory Booker Renews Effort to Get Names of Sailors Added to Vietnam Veterans Memorial

After an effort to add the names of 74 sailors to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial hit a roadblock in the Senate, supporters of inscribing the names of the men who died aboard the USS Frank E. Evans are continuing to... Read More

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

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
Veterans
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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NC-09: Dan McCready (D)
Candidate Profiles
NC-09: Dan McCready (D)
2018-09-08 18:39:15
by 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 felt he had been given a lot and wanted to give something back, so he joined the Marines. Dan led 65 ... Read More

CA-39: Gil Cisneros (D)
California
CA-39: Gil Cisneros (D)
2018-09-08 17:57:10
by 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 opportunity that the Navy provided him. Read More

TX-23: Gina Ortiz Jones (D)
Candidate Profiles
TX-23: Gina Ortiz Jones (D)
2018-09-08 17:13:14
by 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 entered the U.S. Air Force as an intelligence officer, where she deployed to Iraq and served under the U.... Read More

NY-11: Max Rose (D)
New York
NY-11: Max Rose (D)
2018-09-08 16:02:30
by 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 needs of underserved New Yorkers for over 25 years. Read More

NJ-11: Mikie Sherrill (D)
New Jersey
NJ-11: Mikie Sherrill (D)
2018-09-08 15:24:49
by 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 Navy. She flew missions throughout Europe and the Middle East as a Sea King helicopter pilot. Read More

PA-06: Chrissy Houlahan (D)
Pennsylvania
PA-06: Chrissy Houlahan (D)
2018-09-08 14:51:36
by 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 hundreds of jobs in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Read More

IL-12: Brendan Kelly (D)
Candidate Profiles
IL-12: Brendan Kelly (D)
2018-09-08 14:37:42
by 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 and International Relations and earning a commission as an officer in the United States Navy. Read More

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