Benefits and Services, Healthcare, and MST.
BENEFITS AND SERVICES – Veterans and service members can be eligible for a number of benefits related to their service and public benefits that assist them and their families in achieving their highest levels of health and economic security.
- H.R. 1750 – Supporting Veteran Families in Need Act Makes permanent the authority to provide financial assistance for supportive services for very low-income veteran families in permanent housing. (Rep. Lee Zeldin) Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, 3/13/2019.
- H.R. 1911 – SFC Brian Woods Gold Star and Military Survivors Act To expand survivors’ benefits for spouses and children of service members who die in the line of duty. (Rep. Michael Waltz) Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, 10/22/2019.
- H.R. 1988 – Homeless Veteran Families Act To ensure that children of homeless veterans are included in the calculation of the amounts of certain per diem grants. (Rep. David Scott) Recieved in Senate, 7/10/2019.
- H.R. 4451 – Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act Clarifies that veterans receiving housing assistance are eligible for Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program and reauthorizes the program. (Rep. Brad R. Wenstrup) Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, 12/12/2019.
- H.R. 5045 – Veteran Employment and Child Care Access Act of 2019 To require the VS to provide child care assistance to veterans receiving training or vocational rehabilitation. (Rep. J. Luis Correa) Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, 12/2/2019.
- IL HB 3433 – Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Veterans Pilot Program Provides for a program to assist veterans in successfully transitioning to civilian life. (Rep. Camille Y. Lilly) Rules Committee, 3/29/2019.
- IL HB 3508 – Department of Veteran Affairs Transition Makes permanent the authority to provide financial assistance for supportive services for very low-income veteran families in permanent housing. (Rep. John Connor) Rules Committee, 3/29/2019.
- IL SB 1255 – Veteran Grant Program Dependent Act Allows a veteran to transfer educational benefits to a qualified dependent if certain conditions are met. (Sen. Michael E. Hastings) Rules Committee, 5/10/2019.
- S. 1041 – Veterans Visa and Protection Act of 2019 To allow veterans removed from the United States to return as immigrants. (Sen. Tammy Duckworth) Committee on the Judiciary, 4/4/2019.
HEALTHCARE – Both the VA healthcare system and the community healthcare system are responsible for providing effective, quality, and culturally competent healthcare services for veterans.
- H.R. 1527 – Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act To let veterans unable to live independently be placed in non-VA medical foster homes. (Rep. Captain Higgins) Subcommittee on Health, 9/11/2019.
- H.R. 1749 – PFC Joseph PDwyer Peer Support Program Act To fund state and local peer-to-peer mental health programs. (Rep. Lee Zeldin) Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, 3/13/2019.
- H.R. 2184 – Reach Every Veteran in Crisis Act To improve oversight and evaluation of VA mental health and suicide prevention media outreach campaigns. (Rep. Joe Morelle) Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, 4/9/2019.
- H.R. 2816 – Vietnam-Era Veterans Hepatitis C Testing Enhancement Act of 2019 To require the VA to host outreach events with veterans’ organizations to expand hepatitis C (HCV) testing. (Rep. Elise M. Stefanik) Subcommittee on Health, 9/11/2019.
- H.R. 2982 – The Women Veterans Health Care Accountability Act To identify and remedy barriers women veterans face when trying to access VA health care. (Rep. Joe Cunningham) Subcommittee on Health, 9/11/2019.
- H.R. 3036 – Breaking Barriers for Women Veterans Act To correct environmental, structural, and staff deficiencies to ensure VA delivery of high-quality health care to women veterans. (Rep. Max Rose) Subcommittee on Health, 6/13/2019.
- H.R. 3636 – Caring For Our Women Veterans ActIs To require the VA to report annually to Congress on gender-specific care available at VA facilities. (Rep. Lauren Underwood) subcommittee on health, 9/11/2019.
- H.R. 3832 – Veterans Opioid Abuse Prevention Act To connect VA providers to prescription drug monitoring programs that help identify abuse patterns. (Rep. Neal P. Dunn) Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, 11/9/2017.
- H.R. 5411 – Increasing Access to Mental Health Act of 2019 To direct HHS to establish a Task Force on Local Mental Health Needs. (Rep. Josh Harder) Committee on Energy and Commerce, 12/12/2019.
- H.R. 5556 – Women Veterans TRUST Act To direct the VA to conduct an analysis of the need for women-specific for veterans with drug and alcohol dependency. (Rep. Julia Brownley) Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, 1/8/2020.
- H.R. 96 – Veteran Dental Care Requires the VA to provide dental care for veterans in the same manner as medical services. (Rep. Julia Brownley) Subcommittee on Health, 1/16/2020.
- H.R.2645 – Newborn Care Improvement Act of 2019 To improve care provided by the VA to newborn children. (Rep. Clay Higgins) Subcommittee on Health, 9/11/2019.
- IL SB 2293 – Veterans Home Admissions Act Entitles veterans who served in the National Guard or Reserve Forces to admission to an Illinois Veterans Home. (Sens. J. Tracy & D. DeWitte) Referred to Assignments, 10/29/2019.
- S. 3182 – Helping Expand and Launch Transitional Health for Women Veterans Act Directs the VA to carry out the Women’s Health Transition Training pilot program through at least FY 2020. (Sen. Dan Sullivan) Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, 9/9/2020.
MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULT – Just like in civilian society, sexual assault is prevalent in the military and impacts men and women. It is important that our laws work to prevent military sexual trauma, protect survivors, and assist survivors in healing and achieving positive health outcomes.
- H.R. 3867 – Violence Against Women Veterans Act To require the VA to improve services and benefits for veterans who experience domestic violence or sexual assault. (Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez) Subcommittee on Health, 9/11/2019.
- S. 1789 – Military Justice Improvement Act of 2019 To send the most serious charges judge advocates in rank O-6+ with significant experience outside the parties’ chain of command. (Sen. Kristen E Gillbrand) Committee on Armed Services, 6/11/2019.