Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.), and fellow Committee Member, Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) announced the introduction of H.R. 5317, the VA Governors Challenge Expansion Act of 2021 to help reduce veteran suicide. At yesterday's full Committee hearing examining VA's suicide research and prevention efforts, Chairman Takano spoke about the need for this legislation that will build on the incredibly successful VA and SAMHSA G… Read More
Today, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) gave opening remarks at the full Committee hearing entitled, "Veteran Suicide Prevention: Innovative Research and Expanded Public Health Efforts". Mental health resources are available for veterans who need them here.
Full video of the Chairman's remarks
Chairman Takano's remarks as prepared:
Today, we come together as we do every September to explicitly shine a spotlight on the prevention of veteran s… Read More
Today, the House of Representatives passed two bipartisan bills brought to the floor by the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs in line with Chairman Takano's priorities.
"Today, the House took strong bipartisan action to support our veterans by passing Rep. Mrvan's legislation to extend critical VA programs and Rep. Luria's bill to provide a vital cost of living adjustment for veterans living with service connected disabilities and their survivors," said Chairman Takano. "I thank my colle… Read More
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it plans to propose expanded disability compensation eligibility for Veterans exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
From 1953 to 1987, water sources at the base were contaminated with industrial solvents that are correlated with certain health conditions. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald decided to propose presumptions of service connection for certain conditions as… Read More
The unemployment rate for veterans dropped to a seven-year low in August, and the rate for Iraq and Afghanistan war-era veterans fell to the lowest level since federal officials started tracking that population.
The news came the same day that Bureau of Labor Statistics officials announced the national unemployment rate in August had dropped to its lowest level since 2008, before President Obama took office.
Analysts have cautioned against making long-term assumptions based on the monthly … Read More