I am dedicated to helping our veterans. This is not a partisan situation. A country that commits its people to war must be prepared to take care of them once they come home. Idaho has more than 120,000 veterans -- about 10.4% of our adult population. We must ensure that they - and veterans across the country - receive the necessary physical and mental care, on-time and in-full benefits, and quick answers to their questions and concerns.
I am in frequent contact with veterans in our district to gauge legislation impacts, and we encourage veterans and their families and friends to reach out to our office with questions, comments, or concerns.
In my first months in office, I cosponsored several bills that will support Idaho veterans and their families. These include:
- Rep. Golden's Amendment to H.R. 3055 to provide additional beds in rural VA facilities providing long-term care to veterans, many times treating mental health issues.
- H.R. 1605 - Education Savings Accounts for Military Families Act of 2019 creates an opt-in for military families to establish Military Education Savings Accounts to help fund their children’s education and expand access to personalized, high-quality educational experiences.
- H.R.1830 - National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act of 2019 would the creation of coins emblematic of National Purple Heart Hall of Fame and prescribes surcharges for the coins to be distributed to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, Inc..
- H.R. 2493 - ACT for Veterans Act of 2019 would give veterans 96 hours to notify the VA that he or she received emergency care at a non-VA facility.
I also voted “yes” on several bills that support veterans and their families:
- H.R. 299 - Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 compensates Vietnam and some Korea veterans that served in oceans adjacent to the theater of operations during these wars and were exposed to Agent Orange and related herbicides and chemicals.
- H.R. 1381 - Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act of 2019 allows family members of deceased servicemembers and veterans to enter the cause of death in the burn pit registry. Currently, only registered individuals are allowed to update the cause of death information. This bill will ensure that the VA has accurate service-related death data for our veterans which enables improved prevention, compensation, and identification patterns.
My office is here to help veterans navigate complex federal government bureaucracies — including the Department of Veterans Affairs. In Idaho's First District, there are five VA facilities (Sandpoint, Caldwell, Grangeville, Lewiston, Coeur d’Alene), and the VA hospital in Boise serves many veterans in our district. If you run into any issues while working with the VA or tracking down your military records or medals, or any other issues with a federal agency, my office is here to go to bat for you.
We have also partnered with the Library of Congress for the Veterans History Project. This project allows our veterans to record their story and have their mementos preserved for future generations to learn from their experiences. If you would like to have your story recorded, please reach out to our office.
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