House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed three bipartisan bills to improve the lives of veterans — the WINGMAN Act (H.R. 512), the HIRE Vets Act (H.R 244), and the BRAVE Act (H.R. 974).
“Our heroes have unique skills that can be valuable in any workplace — technical expertise, the ability to work as a team, and a mission-oriented focus. All too often, however, there are barriers that stand in the way of veterans finding meaningful employment. With these bills, we are encouraging employers to hire veterans and recognizing those who already do. We are also removing the red tape that makes it difficult for our offices to help veterans get the care they need and deserve. I’m proud of the work our Conference is doing to put our veterans first.”
NOTE: The WINGMAN Act, introduced by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) makes it easier for congressional offices to provide customer service by allowing them to have read-only, direct access to necessary casework documents, removing the bureaucratic middle man from the process. The HIRE Vets Act, introduced by Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA), creates a self-funded awards program that recognizes the meaningful work of employers to hire and retain veterans. The BRAVE Act authorizes the VA to give preference to companies that hire veterans when awarding procurement contracts.