Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity Legislative Hearing

Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity

Date: 04.14.21

Location: Fully Virtual

Presiding: Chair Mike Levin

The Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity will hold a hearing entitled “Legislative Hearing on: H.R. 147, Bringing Registered Apprenticeships to Veterans Education Act; H.R. 219, Protecting the Employment Rights of Service Members Act; Discussion Draft: Value Added Homes for Veterans Act; Discussion Draft: Homeless Veterans Credit Repair, Enhancement, and Debt Improvement for Tomorrow Act; Discussion Draft: Native VetSuccess Pilot; Discussion Draft: Time Extension for Use of Educational Assistance in Emergencies; Discussion Draft: GI and Veterans Education Empowerment Act; Discussion Draft: Expanding Eligibility for Additional Adapted Vehicles; Discussion Draft: Rounding Out Affordable Housing for Homeless Veterans Act of 2021; Discussion Draft: In-State Tuition for Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program; Discussion Draft: Increased Authorized Appropriation for VET TEC; Discussion Draft: Modern IT Service for Educational Assistance Claims; Discussion Draft: Short-Term Fellowships; Discussion Draft: Establish Veteran Economic Opportunity and Transition Administration, and Discussion Draft: Time Period Eligibility Elimination for Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program” 

This meeting will be livestreamed on Youtube and Facebook

Witness List


Panel 1


The Honorable Ruben Gallego 

U.S. House of Representatives 

7th District; Arizona 


The Honorable Tracey Mann  

U.S. House of Representatives 

1st District; Kansas  


The Honorable Mikie Sherrill  

U.S. House of Representatives 

11th District; New Jersey 


The Honorable Nancy Mace 

U.S. House of Representatives 

1st District; South Carolina 


The Honorable Madison Cawthorn 

U.S. House of Representatives 

11th District; North Carolina 


The Honorable Mariannette Miller-Meeks 

U.S. House of Representatives 

2nd District; Iowa 


The Honorable Brad Wenstrup 

U.S. House of Representatives 

2nd District; Ohio 




Panel 2: 


Ms. Kaitlynne Hetrick 

Associate, Government Affairs 

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America 


Mr. Justin Hauschild  

Legal Fellow 

Student Veterans of America 


Ms. Maureen Elias 

Associate Legislative Director of Government Relations 

Paralyzed Veterans of America 


Ms. Ashlynee Haycock 

Deputy Director, Policy and Legislation  

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors 


Mr. Matthew Doyle 

Deputy Director, National Legislative Service 

Veterans of Foreign Wars 


Panel 3: 


Mr. Mike Freuh 

Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Benefits 

Veterans Benefits Administration 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 


Mr. James Ruhlman 

Deputy Director for Program Management 

Veterans Benefits Administration, Education Service 


Mr. Michael W. Fisher, MSW 

Chief Readjustment Counseling Officer 

Readjustment Counseling Service, 10RCS 

Veterans Health Administration 


Statements for the Record: