Morelle sponsors bills that expand support to veterans and servicemembers

Created: November 07, 2019 06:54 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WHEC) — Several bills were introduced in the US Houe of Representatives Thursday that aim to help support veterans and active servicemembers.

US Representative Joe Morelle sponsored a package that includes eight bills.


The first is the “Reach Every Veteran in Crisis Act,” which aims to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs by improving its operation, oversight and evaluating its suicide prevention media outreach campaigns.

The second is the “Homeless Veteran Families Act,” which would provide more financial support for homeless veterans with dependents.

The third is the “Military Housing Oversight and Service Member Protection Act,” which would address unsafe and unsanitary conditions in privatized, on-base housing for servicemembers and their families.

The fourth is the “Honoring All Veterans Act,” which would revise the mission statement for the Department of Veterans Affairs so that it’s more inclusive of female veterans and surviving family members. The bill would change the statement to, “To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise to care for those ‘who shall have borne the battle’ and for their families, caregivers, and survivors.”

The fifth is House Resolution 105, which  directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide childcare assistance to veterans receiving certain medical services from the VA.

The sixth is the “Caring For Our Women Veterans Act,” which directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit an annual report to Congress on gender-specific care available at VA facilities with the goal of improving VA-provided healthcare for female veterans.

The seventh is the “Legion Act,” which amends the American Legion's congressional charter to allow the veterans’ service organization to determine its own periods of membership eligibility.

The eighth is the “Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2019,” which directs the Department of Justice to establish a Veterans Treatment Court Program to provide grants and technical assistance for state, local, and tribal governments to develop and maintain veteran treatment courts.

Morelle said the additional help is what veterans deserve.

“Veterans make amazing sacrifices on behalf of our country and our democracy, we need to make sure with the challenges they face, we're helping them in that regard as well,” Morelle said.

Morelle made the announcement ahead of Veterans Day, which is on Monday.

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