Committee Passes The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, 17 Other Bipartisan Bills
Washington, May 8, 2019 | Molly Jenkins (202-225-3527)
Today, Ranking Member Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs passed 18 bipartisan bills out of committee:
"Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs continued to deliver on our promise to take care of veterans and ensure that they receive the services and support they deserve. The many bipartisan bills reported to the full House today would accomplish worthy goals for veterans and their families.
“Several of the bills that the Committee passed are aimed at preventing servicemember and veteran suicide and I am glad that one of my bills, H.R. 1812, was one of them. This bill would expand eligibility for readjustment counseling at VA Vet Centers to certain members of the National Guard and Reserve and bring us one step closer to eliminating suicide among these brave men and women.
“I was also happy to see the passage of two of my Republican colleagues’ bills that would improve veterans’ access to education and economic opportunity and help create a more seamless transition from the military to civilian life. Rep. Andy Barr’s bill, H.R. 2196, would improve GI Bill benefits for veterans pursuing a STEM degree and Rep. Brad Wenstrup’s bill, H.R. 2045, would create a fourth administration within VA to ensure that education, employment, and transition benefits receive the attention they deserve from the Department.
“Perhaps the greatest achievement today was the passage of H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019. Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans selflessly served this country, only to return home and wait decades for the benefits that they earned. It pains me that they have waited so long, which is why I remain dedicated to getting this bill to the President’s desk as quickly as possible in their honor.
“I am grateful for the dedication of all of our Committee Members, particularly our Subcommittee Chairs and Ranking Members, for their hard work on this legislation and I look forward to working with them and Chairman Takano to move these bills quickly to the House floor.”
The following bills were passed out of committee: