Economic Opportunity Subcommittee Legislative Hearing: Legislative Hearing on Various Legislation

Date: 06.02.15

Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building

Opening Statement


Legislative Hearing on H.R. 356; H.R. 832; H.R. 1994; H.R. 2133; H.R. 2275; H.R. 2344; H.R. 2360; H.R. 2361; and a draft bill entitled, “To amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain modifications and improvements in the transfer of unused educational assistance benefits under the Post 9/11 Educational Assistance Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.


Panel 1

The Honorable Bill Flores (TX-17)

The Honorable Paul Cook (CA-8)

The Honorable Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)


Panel 2

Mr. Paul R. Varela

Assistant National Legislative Director

Disabled American Veterans


Mr. Brendon Gehrke

Senior Legislative Associate

National Legislative Service

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States


Mr. Steve Gonzalez

Assistant Director

Veterans Employment and Education Division

The American Legion


Mr. David Borer

General Counsel

American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO


Mr. Christopher Neiweem

Legislative Associate

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America


Mr. Rick Weidman

Executive Director

Government Affairs

Vietnam Veterans of America


Panel 3


Mr. Curtis L. Coy

Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity

Veterans Benefits Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Accompanied by:


Ms. Cathy Mitrano

Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Resource Management

Human Resources and Administration

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Ms. Teresa W. Gerton

Acting Assistant Secretary

Veterans’ Employment and Training Service

U.S. Department of Labor


Dr. Susan S. Kelly


Transition to Veterans Program Office

Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness

U.S. Department of Defense