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  • More to Do to Help Veterans Find Employment
    Posted in Press Releases on November 15, 2012 | Preview rr

    Today, with the announcement of the rise in jobless claims, the focus at this morning’s hearing of the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity was on finding opportunities, and reviewing existing programs, to help unemployed veterans find meaningful employment. The hearing examined how the federal government can better connect resources for unemployed veterans at the state level, reaching veterans in communities across the nation. “The news is full of stories of veterans facing difficulties as the... Read more

  • Miller, Burr Call for Removal of VA Chief of Staff
    Posted in Press Releases on October 9, 2012 | Preview rr

    Friday, Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and Senator Richard Burr, Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, called on VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to remove VA Chief of Staff, John Gingrich from his position due to his involvement in VA’s conference scandal. To read Chairman Miller’s and Ranking Member Burr’s letter to the Secretary, click here. To learn more about VA’s OIG investigation, click here. Read more

  • American Legion Presents Legislative Priorities to Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on October 3, 2012 | Preview rr

    Today, during a joint hearing, the members of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs heard testimony from The American Legion on its 2013 legislative priorities. American Legion leadership focused on the growing disability claims backlog. Since January of 2009 the backlog has more than doubled and the number is not decreasing. “When speaking to The American Legion National Convention in August 2010, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki declared VA would ‘br... Read more

  • Miller Calls on VA to Take Responsibility for Errant Spending
    Posted in Press Releases on October 1, 2012 | Preview rr

    Today, Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, issued the following statement on the final findings of VA’s Office of Inspector General investigation into two VA Human Resources Conferences held in Orlando, Florida, last year: “Today’s findings by VA’s OIG demonstrate a clear lack of leadership and accountability when it comes to VA senior leadership being good stewards of taxpayer dollars. “Senior leaders took no action to stem excessive conferences costs, and i... Read more

  • Miller: VRAP Demand Indicative of Success and Need
    Posted in Press Releases on September 28, 2012 | Preview rr

    Today, Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, issued the following statement on the approval of 45,000 veterans for the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, and the opportunity for 54,000 more veterans to participate in the coming fiscal year beginning Monday to reach the goal of 99,000: “Forty-five thousand unemployed veterans will soon begin, or have begun, school again, to learn a new trade through the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). As we c... Read more

  • Subcommittee Looks to Texas Model to Address Backlog
    Posted in Press Releases on September 21, 2012 | Preview rr

    Today, the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) held a hearing entitled, “Breaking Through the Backlog: Evaluating the Effectiveness of the New State Strike Force Team.” With the disability claims backlog over 850,000 pending claims, the Subcommittee has been in the process of reviewing alternate models in order to assist VA in alleviating this continuing problem. “Frustrated veterans want to know why it takes so long to process their claim. Frustrated lawmakers wan... Read more

  • Leave No One Behind
    Posted in Press Releases on September 21, 2012 | Preview rr

    Today, Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, issued the following statement in recognition of National POW/MIA Recognition Day: “On the third Friday of every September we pay tribute to the lives and contributions of the more than 83,000 Americans who are still listed as Prisoners of War or Missing in Action. ‘Leave no one behind’ is a familiar refrain which echoes throughout the ranks of our Armed Forces. This motto is also what propels the men and women of Jo... Read more

  • Subcommittee Examines TAP 2.0, Finds Shortfalls
    Posted in Press Releases on September 20, 2012 | Preview rr

    Today, the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held an oversight hearing entitled, “Examining the Re-Design of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP).” TAP has been a primary focus of the Committee’s efforts this Congress to lower the veteran unemployment rate. Last November, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 was signed into law, which made TAP mandatory for all transitioning servicemembers. At today’s hearing, Economic Opportunity Subcommittee Chairman, Rep. Marlin Stutzman, outlined the wa... Read more

  • Mental Health Care and Accountability Major Concerns at VA
    Posted in Press Releases on September 20, 2012 | Preview rr

    Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs questioned officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on vital programs including the perennially growing disability claims backlog, mental health care, and oversight and stewardship of VA funding over the past two years. Questions remain regarding VA’s announcement earlier this year regarding the hiring of 1,600 additional mental health care professionals, following the release of VA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) report which in... Read more

  • House Ensures Veterans Programs Won’t Expire
    Posted in Press Releases on September 19, 2012 | Preview rr

    Today, the House of Representatives passed two veterans bills to ensure vital VA programs don’t expire at the end of the fiscal year and to protect veterans from fraud within VA. The VA Major Construction Authorization and Expiring Authorities Extension Act of 2012 (H.R. 6375, as amended) and the Veterans Fiduciary Reform and Honoring Noble Service Act (H.R. 5948, as amended) passed by voice vote. H.R. 6375, as amended, co-sponsored by Rep. Michael Michaud, provides funding authority for VA to ... Read more

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