Higgins Announces House Approval of Bills Supporting Veterans
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved a number of bills that include measures aimed at supporting veterans.
“Our military and veterans put everything on the line for this nation and deserve the same overwhelming support from the country they serve,” said Congressman Higgins. “These bills, which address difficulties identified, don’t solve everything, but keeps us moving forward on a path of improvements.”
Below are details highlighting some of the veteran legislation approved by the House this week:
H.R. 4958 – Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Act of 2018
- Provides a one-time cost of living to disabled veterans that corresponds to a COLA set by the Social Security Administration
H.R. 3642 – Military Military Sexual Assault Victims Empowerment Act (SAVE) Act
- Creates a 3-year pilot program to coordinate care for victims of sexual assault with community providers
H.R. 3832 – Veterans Opioid Abuse Prevention Act
- Provides for use of a nationwide system for the VA to access patient prescription information
H.R. 4245 – Veterans’ Electronic Health Record Modernization Oversight Act of 2017
- Requires a report on the progress of the transition to a new system for electronic medical records
H.R. 4830 – Servicemembers Improved Transition through Reforms for Ensuring Progress Act (SIT-REP) Act
- Requires colleges providing courses to veterans to allow them to participate in classes, without penalty, if a payment provided by the VA, through the G.I. Bill is delayed
H.R. 5044 – Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act
- Allows the spouse of a veteran with a disability rating of less than 100% to assume a small business and retain veteran-owned priority status
H.R. 4451 – Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act
- Provides $50 million annually for the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program, under the Department of Labor, for the purpose of assisting with connections to meaningful employment
H.R. 4334 – Improving Oversight of Women Veterans’ Care Act
- Requires the VA to report quarterly on care provided to female veterans and mandates annual reports on access, delivery and wait times for female veterans accessing healthcare through non-VA providers.
Congressman Higgins’ office is available to assist with questions about military and veteran benefits, programs and medals. For more information call the Buffalo office at: 716-852-3501.