This week, the FY19 NDAA became law. As we move one step closer to rebuilding our military after years of neglect, we are reminded of our responsibility to those who serve.
Our men and women in uniform accept the call of duty and sacrifice for the freedoms our great nation enjoys today. The best way to honor them is to ensure they receive the resources to do their jobs on the battlefield, and the care they need when they return home.
Our military is stronger and our heroes are Better Off Now, but the work continues. While home, House Republicans have been meeting with veterans, small businesses, local leaders, and advocacy groups to listen and learn more about the ways we can better serve them. Here are a few of those meetings and events:
RiverBender.com | Shimkus: Our military and our veterans are better off now
“Providing the resources and training our troops need doesn’t end when they leave active duty,” Shimkus added. “And it’s no exaggeration to say that this Congress and this president have enacted the most sweeping reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in a generation.”
Major VA reforms signed into law this Congress include:
- The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, which created a streamlined and efficient process to remove, demote or suspend any VA employee for poor performance or misconduct.
- The VA MISSION Act, which consolidated the VA’s multiple community care programs and authorities and provides further funding to sustain the Choice Program so veterans can get the care they earned and deserve.
- The Forever GI Bill, which removed restrictions so eligible veterans can use their education benefits throughout their lives, instead of the current 15-year deadline.
“Our military and our veterans are better off now because of these bipartisan bills I supported and that President Trump signed into law,” Shimkus said. “Veterans, or any constituent, having issues with the VA or any federal government agency are always welcome to contact my office for assistance.”