Nov 29 2016
U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (KY-5) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for approving five bills aimed at honoring and improving benefits and protections for our nation's military veterans.
The bills address a number of concerns for our American heroes, from approving health saving accounts, to honoring Medal of Honor recipients buried in private cemeteries, to improving quality healthcare and incentivizing businesses to employ veterans.
"Veterans of our U.S. Armed Forces deserve the utmost respect and protections that we can provide, and these bills will help fast-track the improved care they need," said Congressman Rogers who supported the legislation. "I'm especially proud of the WINGMAN Act (H.R. 5166), a bill I cosponsored allowing certified congressional staff to review veterans' records, after receiving their permission, to speed up response times. It will allow caseworkers to help Kentucky veterans much faster, along with veterans across the country."
Other bills approved are the HIRE Vets Act (H.R. 3286), establishing a HIRE Vets Medallion Program to recognize businesses that employ veterans every year; and the No Hero Left Untreated Act (H.R. 5600), establishing a one year pilot program to utilize a new form of therapy to treat a limited number of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, opiate addiction or sexual trauma.
The House also passed the Veterans TRICARE Act (H.R. 5458) and H.R. 6323 to rename a California VA facility in memory of a fallen Korean War hero who was also a prisoner of war.
Veterans and their families can obtain assistance from Congressman Rogers and his staff in the Somerset and Hazard, Kentucky offices by calling (800) 632-8588.