May 18, 2022

Chairman Takano Applauds House Passage of 9 More Veterans Bills Ahead of Memorial Day

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Daniel Santa Cruz (202-603-1929)

Miguel R. Salazar (202-779-1486)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, as Memorial Day approaches, and as the country prepares to honor the memories of our fallen servicemembers, the House of Representatives passed 9 bipartisan bills that will support women veterans, strengthen the VA Office of Inspector General, increase access to breast cancer screenings, and improve the claims process for survivors of military sexual trauma (MST). These bills follow yesterday's series of bills and are part of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Memorial Day package of 19 pieces of legislation to support America's veterans.


“The bills passed today address the unique needs of women veterans, including ensuring safe and discreet lactation spaces for veteran mothers who seek care at VA facilities and providing dignity to survivors of MST as they go through the claims process,” said Chairman Takano. “One of the other bills passed today is the Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas SERVICE Act. Named after a fierce advocate for comprehensive toxic exposure legislation and a champion for the veteran community, this bill ensures that veterans who served near a burn pit can get a mammography screening by a VA healthcare provider. This Committee has always placed a premium on our bipartisan work to deliver timely care and benefits for our nation's veterans. I am thankful that with the passage of these bills we will have delivered a package of 19 bills ahead of Memorial Day, to continue to honor our promise to support our veterans.”


A list of bills passed can be found below:

  1. H.R. 5738, as amended – Lactation Spaces for Veteran Moms Act (Rep. Luria)  
  2. H.R. 7335 – MST Claims Coordination Act  (Rep. Luria)
  3. H.R. 6961, as amended – Dignity for MST Survivors Act (Rep. Mrvan)
  4. H.R. 6064 – To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to seek to enter into an agreement with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for a review of examinations, furnished by the Secretary, to individuals who submit claims to the Secretary for compensation under chapter 11 of title 38, United States Code, for mental and physical conditions linked to military sexual trauma (Rep. Nehls)
  5. H.R. 2724, as amended – VA Peer Support Enhancement for MST Survivors Act (Rep. Delgado)
  6. S. 4089 – Veterans Rapid Retraining Assistance Program Restoration and Recovery Act (Sen. Durbin) 
  7. H.R. 6052 – VA OIG Training Act (Rep. Underwood)    
  8. S. 2533 – MAMMO for Veterans Act (Sen. Tester)   
  9. S. 2102 – Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas SERVICE Act (Sen. Boozman)