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Bills of Interest

Morning Legislative Analysis - Saturday, August 23, 2014

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Newly Introduced

No significant legislation introduced.

Priority Bills Modified Recently

To provide for coverage under the beneficiary travel program of the Department of Veterans Affairs of certain disabled veterans for travel for certain special disabilities rehabilitation - HR 1284
Date Updated: 07/31/2014
Date Introduced: 03/20/2013
Summary: The bill would authorize payment under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) beneficiary travel program of travel expenses in connection with medical examination, treatment, or care of a veteran with vision impairment, a spinal cord injury or disorder, or double or multiple amputations whose travel is in connection with care provided through a VA special disabilities rehabilitation program, if such care is provided: (1) on an inpatient basis, or (2) while a veteran is provided temporary lodging at a VA facility in order to make such care more accessible.
National Guard and Reserve Equal Access to Legal Services Act - HR 4863
Date Updated: 07/31/2014
Date Introduced: 06/12/2014
Summary: A bill that would address an important discrepancy in legal services for victims of sexual assault in the  National Guard and Reserve.
The Reserve Retirement Deployment Credit Correction Act of 2013 - S 240
Date Updated: 07/31/2014
Date Introduced: 02/07/2013
Summary: The bill would amend title 10, United States Code, to modify the per-fiscal year calculation of days of certain active duty or active service used to reduce the minimum age at which a member of a reserve component of the uniformed services may retire for non-regular service.
Reserve Retirement Deployment Credit Correction Act of 2013 - HR 690
Date Updated: 07/31/2014
Date Introduced: 02/14/2013
Summary: The bill would amend title 10, United States Code, to modify the per-fiscal year calculation of days of certain active duty or active service used to reduce the minimum age at which a member of a reserve component of the uniformed services may retire for non-regular service.
Military Commissary Sustainment Act - S 2075
Date Updated: 07/31/2014
Date Introduced: 03/04/2014
Summary: The bill would prohibit a reduction in funding for the defense commissary system in fiscal year 2015 pending the report of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission.
Servicemembers Mental Health Review Act of 2013 - HR 975
Date Updated: 07/31/2014
Date Introduced: 03/05/2013
Summary: The bill would amend title 10, United States Code, to extend the duration of the Physical Disability Board of Review and to the expand the authority of such Board to review of the separation of members of the Armed Forces on the basis of a mental condition not amounting to disability, including separation on the basis of a personality or adjustment disorder.
Veterans Mental Health Accessibility Act - HR 1725
Date Updated: 07/31/2014
Date Introduced: 04/25/2013
Summary: The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for unlimited eligibility for health care for mental illnesses for veterans of combat service during certain periods of hostilities and war.
Department of Defense Suicide Tracking Act - HR 4504
Date Updated: 07/31/2014
Date Introduced: 04/28/2014
Summary: The bill would improve military readiness by establishing programs to consistently track, retain, and analyze information regarding suicides involving members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces and suicides involving dependents of members of the regular and reserve components.
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Priority Bills

(Changes to AUSN priority bills will be highlighted in each corresponding section daily. Non-priority bills are tracked separately by Legislative Director.  For any questions if a bill is not on this list and is being tracked as a non-priority, please contact Anthony Wallis at Anthony.Wallis@ausn.org)

Additional Veterans

Wounded Warrior Tax Equity Act of 2014 - S 2686
Date Introduced: 07/30/2014
The bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prevent the extension of the tax collection period merely because the taxpayer is a member of the Armed Forces who is hospitalized as a result of combat zone injuries.
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to increase the number of graduate medical education residency positions at medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes - S 2639
Date Introduced: 07/22/2014
ACT Now for Veterans bill - HR 5131
Date Introduced: 07/17/2014
A bill to direct the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to reimburse non-VA medical providers who provide care to eligible veterans.
To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to waive certain requirements relating to the approval of programs of educations for purposes of the educational assistance programs of the Department of Veterans - HR 5157
Date Introduced: 07/17/2014
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to waive certain requirements relating to the approval of programs of educations for purposes of the educational assistance programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
A bill to require the termination of any employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs who is found to have retaliated against a whistleblower - S 2606
Date Introduced: 07/15/2014
A bill to require the termination of any employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs who is found to have retaliated against a whistleblower.
To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to recoup certain bonuses or awards paid to employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs - HR 5094
Date Introduced: 07/14/2014
A bill that would give the Department of Veterans Affairs secretary the authority to recoup performance bonuses paid to VA employees.
To amend the Federal Credit Union Act to exclude extensions of credit made to veterans from the definition of a member business loan. - HR 5061
Date Introduced: 07/10/2014
(Bill text not yet available)
VA whistleblower protection bill - HR 5054
Date Introduced: 07/10/2014
A bill to move the responsibility for dealing with whistleblowers to the Office of the VA Secretary so that  whistleblower reports and patient complaints are handled at the very highest level rather than at local facilities. Within the VA Secretary’s Office, the legislation would establish an Office of Whistleblower and Patient Protection to provide a much-needed, robust investigatory arm to take action on allegations regarding whistleblower retaliation and patient safety.

Veterans Small Business Support Act - HR 5045
Date Introduced: 07/09/2014

A bill that makes permanent the Small Business Administration’s Express Loan Guarantee Fee Waiver for Veterans.  Requires a report on the feasibility of providing financial planning and counseling to owners of small businesses concerns who are members of a reserve component prior to deployment.  Requires a report assessing the level of outreach to and consultation with female veterans by women’s business centers and Veterans Business Outreach Centers.  Requires a report on the Military Reservists Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program at SBA, which provides a loan up to $2 million for a small business that could not meet its ordinary operating expenses because an essential employee was called up to active duty in his or her role as a reservist.

Suicide Prevention for America’s Veterans Act - HR 5048
Date Introduced: 07/09/2014

A bill that Extends Special Combat Eligibility for health care from 5 to 15 years after separating from the military. Establishes a review process for potential wrongful discharges that may be related to mental health issues.  Increases professional staff in the VA by creating a three year pilot program to repay medical school loans for doctors and psychiatrists that join the VA. Increases accountability of suicide prevention programs by requiring an annual review of VA and DOD mental health care and suicide prevention programs to ensure resources are effectively combating the problem.

To prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from altering available health care and wait times for Appointments for health care for certain veterans, and for other purposes - HR 5047
Date Introduced: 07/09/2014

(Bill text not yet available)

Veterans Care Financial Protection Act - HR 5046
Date Introduced: 07/09/2014

A bill that Protects veterans receiving pension funds to cover assisted living or in home person care from scam artists who defraud veterans through dishonest, predatory, and unlawful practices.

Jumpstarting VA Construction Act of 2014 - HR 5042
Date Introduced: 07/09/2014

A bill that creates a pilot program at the VA that would allow the agency to partner with non-federal entities to initiate and manage the construction of facilities at sites where Congress has already allocated funding and where design work has already been completed, but construction has not yet begun.

Latest Title: To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to develop and publish an action plan for improving the vocational rehabilitation services and assistance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs - HR 5032
Date Introduced: 07/09/2014

(Bill text not yet available)

Enhanced Dental Care for Veterans Act of 2014 - HR 5022
Date Introduced: 07/08/2014

To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve dental health care for veterans, and for other purposes.


Doctors’ Education Loans Impact VA Employee Retention (DELIVER) Act - HR 4974
Date Introduced: 06/29/2014
This Bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide for the repayment of higher education loans for certain employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to revoke bonuses paid to employees involved in electronic wait list manipulations, and for other purposes - S 2545
Date Introduced: 06/26/2014
(Bill text not yet available)
Restoring Accountability in Veterans Access to Health Care Act - HR 5007
Date Introduced: 06/26/2014
To assess staffing shortages at medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
Ask Veterans Act - HR 4971
Date Introduced: 06/25/2014

The Bill would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct annual surveys of veterans on experiences obtaining hospital care and medical services from medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.


VA Investigation and Accountability Act - HR 4948
Date Introduced: 06/24/2014

A bill that would provide $12 million in Fiscal Year 2014 emergency supplemental appropriations for the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Veterans Access to Care Accountability Act - S 2423
Date Introduced: 06/03/2014
The bill would improve wait times for appointments for hospital care, medical services, and other health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, to improve accountability of employees responsible for long wait times for such appointments
VA Accountability Act of 2014 - S 2419
Date Introduced: 06/03/2014
The bill would protect America's veterans from dishonesty and malfeasance in the delivery of medical services and to hold the Department of Veterans Affairs accountable to those they serve.
Restoring Veterans’ Trust Act of 2014 - S 2413
Date Introduced: 06/02/2014
The bill would improve the provision of medical services and benefits to veterans by giving the VA authority to immediately remove senior executives based on poor job performance, provide veterans who can’t get timely appointments with VA doctors the option of going to community health centers, military hospitals or private doctors and authorize emergency funding to hire new doctors, nurses and other providers in order to address system-wide health care provider shortages.
To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify that the estate of a deceased veteran may receive certain accrued benefits upon the death of the veteran - HR 4102
Date Introduced: 02/26/2014
(Bill text not available yet)
SCRA Rights Protection Act of 2014 - HR 4068
Date Introduced: 02/18/2014
The bill would amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to require the consent of parties to contracts for the use of arbitration to resolve controversies arising under the contracts and subject to provisions of such Act and to preserve the rights of servicemembers to bring class actions under such Act.
Servicemember Civil Relief Accountability Act of 2014 - S 1999
Date Introduced: 02/06/2014
The bill would amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to require the consent of parties to contracts for the use of arbitration to resolve controversies arising under the contracts and subject to provisions of such Act and to preserve the rights of servicemembers to bring class actions under such Act.
Streamlining Services for Older Veterans Act - S 1986
Date Introduced: 02/03/2014
The bill would amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to provide for outreach, and coordination of services to veterans.
Safeguarding Elections for our Nation's Troops through Reforms and Improvements, or SENTRI, Act - HR 3576
Date Introduced: 11/21/2013
The bill would amend the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act to improve ballot accessibility to uniformed services voters and overseas voters.
Safeguarding Elections for our Nation's Troops through Reforms and Improvements (SENTRI) Act - S 1728
Date Introduced: 11/19/2013
The bill would amend the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act to improve ballot accessibility to uniformed services voters and overseas voters.
Veterans Outreach Enhancement Act of 2013 - S 1558
Date Introduced: 09/27/2013
The bill would require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a program of outreach for veterans.
Defending Veterans from Sequestration Act of 2013 - HR 3181
Date Introduced: 09/25/2013
The bill would amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to clarify the treatment of administrative expenses of the Department of Veterans Affairs during sequestration.
Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Planning Reform Act of 2013 - HR 2704
Date Introduced: 07/17/2013
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress a Future-Years Veterans Program and a quadrennial veterans review, to establish in the Department of Veterans Affairs a Chief Strategy Officer.
VA Regional Office Accountability Act - HR 1824
Date Introduced: 04/30/2013
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress an annual report on the performance of the regional offices of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
To amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to include an appeals form in any notice of decision issued for the denial of a benefit sought. - HR 1405
Date Introduced: 03/25/2013
The bill would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to include, within a notification to a claimant of the decision to deny a benefit sought, a form that may be used to appeal such decision.
Efficient Service for Veterans Act - HR 1132
Date Introduced: 03/13/2013
The bill would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense to jointly ensure that the Vet Centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs have access to the Defense Personnel Record Image Retrieval system and the Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense Identity Repository system.
To amend title 10, United States Code, to extend military commissary and exchange store privileges, without time-period limitation, to members of the Armed Forces who are involuntarily separated with a service-connected disability and also to extend - HR 1131
Date Introduced: 03/13/2013
The bill would permit a member of the Armed Forces (member) who is involuntarily separated from active duty or the Selected Reserve and who has a service-connected disability (and the member's dependents) to use commissary and exchange stores on the same basis as a member entitled to retired or retainer pay.
Access to Veterans Benefits Improvements Act - HR 733
Date Introduced: 02/14/2013
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to provide certain employees of Members of Congress and certain employees of State or local governmental agencies with access to case-tracking information of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Claims Processing

To amend title 38, United States Code, to establish procedures for class actions at the Court of appeals for Veterans Claims, and for other purposes. - HR 5088
Date Introduced: 07/11/2014
(Bill text not available yet)
Express Appeals Act - HR 4616
Date Introduced: 05/08/2014
(Bill text not available yet)
Quicker Benefits to Veterans Act - HR 4191
Date Introduced: 03/11/2014
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the treatment of medical evidence provided by non-Department of Veterans Affairs medical professionals in support of claims for disability compensation under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery Act - S 2091
Date Introduced: 03/06/2014
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the processing by the Department of Veterans Affairs of claims for benefits under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans Benefits Administration Information Technology Improvement Act of 2014 - HR 4038
Date Introduced: 02/11/2014
The bill would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make certain improvements in the information technology of the Veterans Benefits Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs to process claims more efficiently.
Prioritizing Urgent Claims for Veterans Act - HR 2382
Date Introduced: 06/14/2013
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to establish a priority for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in processing certain claims for compensation.
Veterans Benefits Claims Faster Filing Act - S 1148
Date Introduced: 06/12/2013
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide notice of average times for processing claims.
Ending VA Claims Disability Backlog and Accountability Act - HR 2138
Date Introduced: 05/23/2013
The bill would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to resolve the backlog of disability claims of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Pay As You Rate Act - HR 2086
Date Introduced: 05/23/2013
The bill would direct the Secretary to make interim payments of disability compensation benefits for certain claims for such compensation prior to the adjudication of such claims.
Claims Processing Improvement Act of 2013 - S 928
Date Introduced: 05/09/2013
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the processing of claims for compensation under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans Backlog Reduction Act - HR 1739
Date Introduced: 04/25/2013
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay provisional benefits for certain nonadjudicated claims.
The VA Claims Efficiency Through Information Act of 2013 - HR 1623
Date Introduced: 04/18/2013
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make publicly available certain information about pending and completed claims for compensation under the laws administered by the Secretary.
Accountability for Veterans Act of 2013 - S 674
Date Introduced: 04/09/2013
The bill would require prompt responses from the heads of covered Federal agencies when the Secretary of Veterans Affairs requests information necessary to adjudicate claims for benefits under laws administered by the Secretary.
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Concurrent Receipt

The Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living-Adjustment (COLA) Act of 2014 - S 2258
Date Introduced: 04/28/2014
The bill would provide for an increase, effective December 1, 2014, in the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans.
American Heroes COLA Act of 2014 - HR 4096
Date Introduced: 02/26/2014
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for annual cost-of-living adjustments to be made automatically by law each year in the rates of disability compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors of certain service-connected disabled veterans.
Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Act of 2014 - HR 4095
Date Introduced: 02/26/2014
The bill would increase effective as of December 1, 2014, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans.
The Retired Pay Restoration Act - S 234
Date Introduced: 02/07/2013
The bill would amend title 10, United States Code, to permit certain retired members of the uniformed services who have a service-connected disability to receive both disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs for their disability and either retired pay by reason of their years of military service or Combat-Related Special Compensation, and for other purposes.
American Heroes COLA Act of 2013 - HR 570
Date Introduced: 02/06/2013
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for annual cost-of-living adjustments to be made automatically by law each year in the rates of disability compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors of certain service-connected disabled veterans.
Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act - HR 333
Date Introduced: 01/22/2013
The bill would amend title 10, United States Code, to permit retired members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability rated less than 50 percent to receive concurrent payment of both retired pay and veterans' disability compensation, to eliminate the phase-in period for concurrent receipt, to extend eligibility for concurrent receipt to chapter 61 disability retirees with less than 20 years of service.
Retired Pay Restoration Act - HR 303
Date Introduced: 01/15/2013
The bill would amend title 10, United States Code, to permit additional retired members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability to receive both disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs for their disability and either retired pay by reason of their years of military service or Combat-Related Special Compensation and to eliminate the phase-in period under current law with respect to such concurrent receipt.
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Education

Post 9/11 Veterans Education Fairness Act - HR 5273
Date Introduced: 07/30/2014
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to expand the authority of veterans to transfer entitlement to Post-9/11 Educational Assistance to dependents.
GI Internship Program Act - HR 4922
Date Introduced: 06/20/2014
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize veterans who are entitled to educational assistance under the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs to use such entitlement to participate in a career transition internship program for veterans.


Reducing Barriers for Veterans Education Act of 2014 - HR 4793
Date Introduced: 05/30/2014
(Bill text not available yet)
To require the Secretary of Education to verify that individuals have made a commitment to serve in the Armed Forces or in public service, or otherwise are a borrower on an eligible loan which has been submitted to... - HR 4579
Date Introduced: 05/06/2014
The bill amends Title IV (Student Assistance) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require the Secretary of Education to verify that individuals who are applying for Direct Consolidation loans on the following bases are in fact; Currently eligible for income contingent repayment or income-based repayment of a loan that has been submitted to a guaranty agency for default aversion or is already in default; employed in a public service job and thereby eligible to participate in the public service loan forgiveness program; or a member of a regular or reserve component of the Armed Forces and thereby eligible to benefit from the no accrual of interest for active duty service members program.
Service Members Student Loan Relief Act - HR 4560
Date Introduced: 05/01/2014
The bill would allow members of the Armed Forces and National Guard to defer principal on Federal student loans for a certain period in connection with receipt of orders for mobilization for war or national emergency.
To amend title 38, United States Code, to establish a student loan repayment program for totally disabled veterans - HR 4314
Date Introduced: 03/26/2014
(Bill text not available yet)
Fair Access to Benefits for Student Veterans Act - HR 4184
Date Introduced: 03/06/2014
The bill would amend Title 38, United States Code, to clarify the manner in which an advance payment of initial educational assistance paid by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs is charged against the entitlement of a veteran to such assistance.
Veterans Education Survey Act of 2014 - HR 4151
Date Introduced: 03/05/2014
(Bill text not available yet)
GI Education Benefit Fairness Act - HR 3600
Date Introduced: 11/21/2013
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for clarification regarding the children to whom entitlement to educational assistance may be transferred under the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program.
Increased Age Limit for Post-9/11 Education Assistance Dependents Act - HR 3515
Date Introduced: 11/15/2013
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to increase the age limit for children using transferred Post-9/11 Educational Assistance.
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Employment/Work and Pay

To amend the Small Business Act to direct the task force of the Office of Veterans Business Development to provide access to and manage the distribution of excess or surplus property to veteran-owned small businesses - HR 5231
Date Introduced: 07/29/2014
(Bill text not yet available.)
Veterans’ Assistance to Lower Unemployment and Enhance VA Services Act (VALUES Act) - HR 5023
Date Introduced: 07/08/2014
A bill  that requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to give greater hiring preference to veterans seeking to serve their brothers in arms in the VA health care system.
Veteran Entrepreneurship and Training (VET) Opportunities Act of 2014 - S 2396
Date Introduced: 05/22/2014
The bill would establish the veterans' business outreach center program, to improve the programs for veterans of the Small Business Administration.
Servicemember Employment Protection Act of 2014 - S 2393
Date Introduced: 05/22/2014
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the protection and enforcement of employment and reemployment rights of members of the uniformed services.
Credentialing Improvement for Troop Talent (CREDIT) Act of 2014 - S 2341
Date Introduced: 05/15/2014
The bill would amend Title 10, United States Code, to enhance the authority for members of the Armed Forces to obtain professional credentials.
Improving Opportunities for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Act of 2014 - S 2334
Date Introduced: 05/14/2014
The bill would amend the Small Business Act and title 38, United States Code, to provide for a consolidated definition of a small business concern owned and controlled by veterans.
Hire More Heroes Act - S 2190
Date Introduced: 04/01/2014
The bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow employers to exempt employees with healthcare coverage under TRICARE or the Veterans Administration from being taken into account for purposes of the employer mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Work for Warriors Act of 2014 - HR 4363
Date Introduced: 04/01/2014
The bill would amend title 10, United States Code, to establish a direct employment pilot program for members of the National Guard and Reserve, to be known as the “Work for Warriors Program.”
Disabled Veterans Jobs Opportunity Act - HR 4247
Date Introduced: 03/13/2014
(Bill text not available yet)
Veterans Employment and Training Service Longitudinal Study Act of 2014 - HR 4150
Date Introduced: 03/05/2014
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Labor to enter into a contract for the conduct of a longitudinal study of the job counseling, training, and placement services for veterans provided by the Secretary.
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Family Benefits

To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the beneficiary travel program of the Department of Veterans Affairs - HR 5115
Date Introduced: 07/15/2014
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the beneficiary travel program of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Military Spouse Career Advancement Act - HR 4818
Date Introduced: 06/09/2014
The bill would amend title 10, United States Code, to codify the Military Spouse Career Advancement Account program conducted by the Department of Defense to assist spouses of members of the Armed Forces serving on active duty to pursue educational opportunities and career training, to ensure that such educational opportunities and training are available to all military spouses.
Surviving Spouses' Benefit Improvement Act of 2014 - HR 4741
Date Introduced: 05/22/2014
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for an increase in the amount of monthly dependency and indemnity compensation payable to surviving spouses by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Gold Star Families Equality Act - HR 4688
Date Introduced: 05/20/2014
The bill would amend title 10, United States Code, to provide appropriate recognition for the survivors of members of the Armed Forces who die while serving on certain active or reserve duty, to expand the availability of the Gold Star Installation Access Card for survivors of deceased members of the Armed Forces, and to extend commissary store and exchange store and other MWR retail facility benefits to the parents of such members.
The Military Family Relief Act - S 1573
Date Introduced: 10/16/2013
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the payment of temporary compensation to a surviving spouse of a veteran upon the death of the veteran.
The Disabled Military Child Protection Act - HR 2249
Date Introduced: 06/04/2013
The bill would amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for the payment of monthly annuities under the Survivor Benefit Plan to a supplemental or special needs trust established for the sole benefit of a disabled dependent child of a participant in the Survivor Benefit Plan.
Disabled Military Child Protection Act of 2013 - S 1076
Date Introduced: 05/23/2013
The bill would amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for the payment of monthly annuities under the Survivor Benefit Plan to a supplemental or special needs trust established for the sole benefit of a disabled dependent child of a participant in the Survivor Benefit Plan.
To eliminate the different treatment under the Survivor Benefit Plan accorded members of the reserve components who die from an injury or illness incurred or aggravated in the line of duty during inactive-duty training compared to members of the... - HR 1770
Date Introduced: 04/26/2013
The bill makes the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuity for survivors of members of the reserves who die from an injury or illness incurred or aggravated in the line of duty during inactive-duty training the same as such annuity for survivors of members of the regular Armed Forces who die in the line of duty while on active duty. It also provides the same increase with respect to the payment of an SBP annuity to a dependent child or children when there is no eligible surviving spouse.
The Military Spouse Job Continuity Act - HR 1620
Date Introduced: 04/18/2013
The bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against income tax for amounts paid by a spouse of a member of the Armed Forces for a new State license or certification required by reason of a permanent change in the duty station of such member to another State.
The Military Spouse Job Continuity Act - S 759
Date Introduced: 04/18/2013
The bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against income tax for amounts paid by a spouse of a member of the Armed Forces for a new State license or certification required by reason of a permanent change in the duty station of such member to another State.
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Health Care

To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for a more equitable geographic allocation of funds appropriated to the Department of Veterans Affairs for medical care. - HR 5286
Date Introduced: 07/30/2014
(Bill text not yet available.)
To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to allow certain veterans to participate in the Patient-Centered Community Care program - HR 5097
Date Introduced: 07/14/2014
To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to allow certain veterans to participate in the Patient-Centered Community Care program.
Underserved Veterans Access to Health Care Act - HR 4942
Date Introduced: 06/23/2014
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to increase the number of graduate medical education residency positions at hospitals administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans Emergency Health Safety Net Expansion Act of 2014 - S 2468
Date Introduced: 06/12/2014
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to expand eligibility for reimbursement for emergency medical treatment and to require that the Department of Veterans Affairs be treated as a participating provider for the recovery of the costs of certain medical care.
Commission for Our Veterans’ Care Act - HR 4861
Date Introduced: 06/12/2014
The bill would establish a Commission on Access to Care to undertake a comprehensive evaluation and assessment of access to health care at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of - HR 4841
Date Introduced: 06/11/2014
The bill would improve the access of veterans to medical services from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 - S 2450
Date Introduced: 06/09/2014
The bill would improve the access of veterans to medical services from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2014 - HR 4816
Date Introduced: 06/09/2014
The bill would establish in the Department of Veterans Affairs a national center for the diagnosis, treatment, and research of health conditions of the descendants of veterans exposed to toxic substances during service in the Armed Forces, to provide certain services to those descendants, to establish an advisory board on exposure to toxic substances.
Ensuring Veterans' Resiliency Act - S 2425
Date Introduced: 06/04/2014
The bill would require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to reduce the shortage of psychiatrists in the Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs by repaying loans for certain psychiatrists, to carry out a pilot program to provide housing allowances to health care providers of the Veterans Health Administration who accept assignment at rural and highly rural clinics.
Veterans Need Timely Access to Care Act - HR 4779
Date Introduced: 05/30/2014
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that veterans who experience extended waiting times for appointments at medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs may receive care at non-Department facilities.
Veterans' Health Care Flexibility Act - HR 4760
Date Introduced: 05/29/2014
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the ability of veterans to receive health care at private medical facilities.
Vets Health ID Act - HR 4759
Date Introduced: 05/29/2014
The bill would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program under which eligible veterans may elect to receive hospital care and medical services at non-Department of Veterans Affairs facilities.
TRICARE Choice Act of 2014 - HR 4682
Date Introduced: 05/20/2014
The bill would provide for coordination between the TRICARE program and eligibility for making contributions to a health savings account.
Caring for Military Children with Developmental Disabilities Act of 2014 - S 2333
Date Introduced: 05/14/2014
The bill would amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for certain behavioral health treatment under TRICARE for children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Caring for America's Heroes Act - HR 4656
Date Introduced: 05/13/2014
The bill would amend title 10, United States Code, to improve access to mental health services under the TRICARE program.
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Home Loans

Servicemembers Opportunity Act - HR 4050
Date Introduced: 02/11/2014
The bill would amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide for alternate means of proof of period of military service for purposes of the interest rate limitation.
Veterans Homebuyer Accessibility Act - HR 3422
Date Introduced: 10/30/2013
The bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit for veteran first-time homebuyers and for adaptive housing and mobility improvements for disabled veterans.
Fairness for Military Homeowners Act of 2013 - HR 1223
Date Introduced: 03/15/2013
The bill would amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to ensure that relocation of a servicemember to serve on active duty away from the servicemember's principal residence does not prevent the servicemember from refinancing a mortgage on that principal residence.
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Homeless Veterans

Homeless Veterans Services Protection Act of 2014 - S 2179
Date Introduced: 03/27/2014
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to waive the minimum period of continuous active duty in the Armed Forces for receipt of benefits for homeless veterans, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish benefits for homeless veterans to homeless veterans with discharges or releases from service in the Armed Forces under other than honorable conditions.
Homeless Veterans with Children Act of 2014 - HR 4140
Date Introduced: 03/04/2014
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide per diem payments to eligible entities for furnishing care to dependents of certain homeless veterans.
Burial with Dignity for Heroes Act of 2014 - HR 3876
Date Introduced: 01/14/2014
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a grant program to provide burials for homeless veterans.
Ensuring Safe Shelter for Homeless Veterans Act of 2013 - S 1580
Date Introduced: 10/28/2013
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to require recipients of per diem payments from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the provision of services for homeless veterans to comply with codes relevant to operations and level of care provided.
Helping Homeless Veterans Act - HR 2485
Date Introduced: 06/25/2013
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to extend programs assisting homeless veterans and other veterans with special needs.
Homeless Veterans Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act of 2013 - HR 2150
Date Introduced: 05/23/2013
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for a five-year extension to the homeless veterans reintegration programs.
Safe Housing for Homeless Veterans Act - HR 2065
Date Introduced: 05/21/2013
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to require recipients of per diem payments from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the provision of services for homeless veterans to comply with codes relevant to operations and level of care provided.
Homeless Veterans Prevention Act of 2013 - S 825
Date Introduced: 04/25/2013
The bill would allow the VA to enter partnerships with public and private entities to increase the availability of legal services for homeless veterans. It also would require transitional housing providers to meet the gender-specific needs of homeless women veterans.
Shelter Our Servicemembers Act - HR 1714
Date Introduced: 04/24/2013
The bill would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to establish a grant pilot program to provide housing to elderly homeless veterans.
To provide clarification regarding eligibility for services under the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program - HR 1305
Date Introduced: 03/20/2013
The bill would make eligible under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) homeless veterans reintegration program those homeless veterans who are: (1) participating in the VA supported housing program for which rental assistance is provided under the United States Housing Act of 1937, and (2) veterans who are transitioning from being incarcerated.
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Housing

The Foreclosure Relief and Extension for Servicemembers Act of 2014 - S 2404
Date Introduced: 05/22/2014
The bill would make permanent the extended period of protections for members of uniformed services relating to mortgages, mortgage foreclosure, and eviction.
Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act of 2013 - S 1707
Date Introduced: 11/14/2013
The bill would exclude consideration as income under the United States Housing Act of 1937 payments of pensions made under section 1521 of title 38, United States Code, to veterans who are in need of regular aid and attendance.
Servicemember Housing Protection Act of 2013 - S 1593
Date Introduced: 10/28/2013
The bill would amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to enhance the protections accorded to servicemembers and their spouses with respect to mortgages.
Housing Assistance for Veterans (HAVEN) Act - S 1387
Date Introduced: 07/30/2013
The bill would establish a pilot program to authorize the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to make grants to nonprofit organizations to rehabilitate and modify homes of disabled and low-income veterans.
Military Family Home Protection Act - HR 1842
Date Introduced: 05/07/2013
The bill would amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to improve the protections for servicemembers, surviving spouses, and disabled veterans against mortgage foreclosures.
Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act of 2013 - HR 1742
Date Introduced: 04/25/2013
The bill would exclude from consideration as income under the United States Housing Act of 1937 payments of pension made under section 1521 of title 38, United States Code, to veterans who are in need of regular aid and attendance.
Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act - HR 825
Date Introduced: 02/26/2013
The bill would exclude from consideration as income under the United States Housing Act of 1937 payments of pension made under section 1521 of title 38, United States Code, to veterans who are in need of regular aid and attendance.
Homes for Heroes Act of 2013 - HR 386
Date Introduced: 01/23/2013
The bill would provide housing assistance for very low-income veterans.
Housing Assistance for Veterans (HAVEN) Act of 2013 - HR 385
Date Introduced: 01/23/2013
The bill would establish a pilot program to authorize the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to make grants to nonprofit organizations to rehabilitate and modify homes of disabled and low-income veterans.
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Mental Health

A bill to extend and modify the pilot program of the Department of Veterans Affairs on assisted living services for veterans with traumatic brain injury, and for other purposes - S 2607
Date Introduced: 07/15/2014
A bill to extend and modify the pilot program of the Department of Veterans Affairs on assisted living services for veterans with traumatic brain injury, and for other purposes.
Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (Clay Hunt SAV) Act - HR 5059
Date Introduced: 07/10/2014
A comprehensive bill to prevent veteran suicide and help our nations heroes who may be struggling get the care and support they need.
Creating Options for Veterans’ Expedited Recovery (COVER) Act - HR 4977
Date Introduced: 06/26/2014
A bill to establish a commission to examine the evidence-based therapy treatment model used by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for treating mental illnesses of veterans and the potential benefits of incorporating complimentary alternative treatments available in non-Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities within the community.
Department of Defense Suicide Tracking Act of 2014 - S 2357
Date Introduced: 05/20/2014
The bill would provide for improvements in the consistency of data collection, reporting, and assessment in connection with the suicide prevention efforts of the Department of Defense.
Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014 - S 2300
Date Introduced: 05/07/2014
The bill would amend Title 10, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Defense to conduct periodic mental health assessments for members of the Armed Forces and to submit reports with respect to mental health.
Strengthening Mental Health in Our Communities Act of 2014 - HR 4574
Date Introduced: 05/06/2014
The bill would maximize the access of individuals with mental illness to community-based services, to strengthen the impact of such services
Caring for America’s Heroes Act - S 2276
Date Introduced: 05/01/2014
The bill would amend title 10, United States Code, to improve access to mental health services under the TRICARE program.
Department of Defense Suicide Tracking Act - HR 4504
Date Introduced: 04/28/2014
The bill would improve military readiness by establishing programs to consistently track, retain, and analyze information regarding suicides involving members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces and suicides involving dependents of members of the regular and reserve components.
Medical Evaluation Parity for Servicemembers (MEPS) Act - S 2231
Date Introduced: 04/09/2014
The bill would amend title 10, United States Code, to provide an individual with a mental health assessment before the individual enlists in the Armed Forces or is commissioned as an officer in the Armed Forces.
Military Mental Health Review Board Improvement Act - S 2217
Date Introduced: 04/07/2014
The bill would amend title 10, United States Code, to enhance the participation of mental health professionals in boards for the correction of military records and boards for the review of the discharge or dismissal of members of the Armed Forces.
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Navy Equipment

Naval Vessel Transfer and Arms Export Control Amendments Act of 2013 - HR 3470
Date Introduced: 11/13/2013
The bill would provide for the transfer of naval vessels to certain foreign countries.
Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2013 - S 1683
Date Introduced: 11/12/2013
(Bill text not available yet)
Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2013 - S 12
Date Introduced: 02/26/2013
The bill would provide for the transfer of naval vessels to certain foreign recipients.
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Other/Navy Personnel

Servicemembers Compensation Empowerment Act of 2014 - S 2294
Date Introduced: 05/06/2014
The bill would require a survey of the preferences of members of the Armed Forces regarding military pay and benefits.
Asia-Pacific Region Priority Act - HR 4495
Date Introduced: 04/28/2014
The bill would strengthen the United States commitment to the security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region.
Military Commissary Sustainment Act - HR 4217
Date Introduced: 03/12/2014
The bill would prohibit a reduction in funding for the defense commissary system in fiscal year 2015 pending the report of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission.
Military Commissary Sustainment Act - S 2075
Date Introduced: 03/04/2014
The bill would prohibit a reduction in funding for the defense commissary system in fiscal year 2015 pending the report of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission.
Save our Military Shopping Benefits Act - HR 3996
Date Introduced: 02/05/2014
The bill would prohibit the closure or reduced operation of military commissary stores and exchange stores before 1 January 2017.
To protect the child custody rights of deployed members of the Armed Forces. - HR 1898
Date Introduced: 05/08/2013
The bill amends the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) to provide that if a court renders a temporary order for custodial responsibility for a child based solely on a deployment or anticipated deployment of a parent-servicemember, then the court shall require that upon the return of that servicemember from deployment the custody order that was in effect preceding such deployment shall be reinstated, unless the court finds that reinstatement in not in the child's best interest. It also prohibits a servicemember’s deployment or possible deployment from being considered as the sole factor in the determination of a child's best interest in a motion seeking a permanent order to modify custody. Finally, the bill provides that under a temporary custody order, if a state law provides a higher standard of protection to the deploying parent-servicemember, then the appropriate court shall apply the higher standard.
Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2013 - S 12
Date Introduced: 02/26/2013
The bill would provide for the transfer of naval vessels to certain foreign recipients.
To redesignate the Department of the Navy as the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps - HR 124
Date Introduced: 01/03/2013
The bill states that the military department currently designated as the Department of the Navy is to be re-designated as the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps, along with all necessary Cabinet level title and other administrative changes.
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Retirement

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the time period for contributing military death gratuities to Roth IRAs and Coverdell education savings account - HR 4559
Date Introduced: 05/01/2014
The bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code to extend the period in which death gratuities (less amounts contributed to a Coverdell education savings account) and insurance proceeds payable to survivors of members of the Armed Forces or the Uniformed Services may be contributed to a Roth individual retirement account (Roth IRA) from one to three years after receipt of such gratuities or proceeds.
Veterans Care Financial Protection Act of 2014 - S 1993
Date Introduced: 02/04/2014
The bill would protect individuals who are eligible for increased pension under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on the basis of need of regular aid and attendance from dishonest, predatory, or otherwise unlawful practices.
National Guardsmen and Reservists Parity for Patriots Act - HR 2907
Date Introduced: 08/01/2013
The bill would amend title 10, United States Code, to ensure that members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces who have served on active duty or performed active service since September 11, 2001, in support of a contingency operation or in other emergency situations receive credit for such service in determining eligibility for early receipt of non-regular service retired pay.
Reserve Retirement Deployment Credit Correction Act of 2013 - HR 690
Date Introduced: 02/14/2013
The bill would amend title 10, United States Code, to modify the per-fiscal year calculation of days of certain active duty or active service used to reduce the minimum age at which a member of a reserve component of the uniformed services may retire for non-regular service.
The Reserve Retirement Deployment Credit Correction Act of 2013 - S 240
Date Introduced: 02/07/2013
The bill would amend title 10, United States Code, to modify the per-fiscal year calculation of days of certain active duty or active service used to reduce the minimum age at which a member of a reserve component of the uniformed services may retire for non-regular service.
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Sexual Harassment/Assault

Military SAFE Standards Act - S 2703
Date Introduced: 07/30/2014

The bill would establish eligibility, assignment, training, and certification requirements for sexual assault forensic examiners for the Armed Forces.

National Guard and Reserve Equal Access to Legal Services Act - HR 4863
Date Introduced: 06/12/2014
A bill that would address an important discrepancy in legal services for victims of sexual assault in the  National Guard and Reserve.
Military Sexual Trauma Claims Administration Reform and Eligibility Act (MST CARE Act) - HR 4344
Date Introduced: 03/27/2014
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to establish a presumption of service connection formental health conditions related to military sexual trauma.
Survivors of Military Sexual Assault and Domestic Abuse Act of 2013 - S 1581
Date Introduced: 10/28/2013
The bill would authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide counseling and treatment for sexual trauma to members of the Armed Forces, to require the Secretary to screen veterans for domestic abuse, to require the Secretary to submit reports on military sexual trauma and domestic abuse.
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Transition/Reintegration

Helping Employ and Recruit our Excellent Service members (HEROES) Grant Act - HR 5015
Date Introduced: 06/30/2014
A bill that allows state and local law enforcement agencies to use existing Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Grants to hire veterans for non-sworn law enforcement positions.
Servicemembers Transition Improvement Act - HR 3493
Date Introduced: 11/14/2013
The bill would require a pilot program on the provision of certain information to State veterans agencies to facilitate the transition of members of the Armed Forces from military service to civilian life.
Service Members Transition Improvement Act of 2013 - S 1684
Date Introduced: 11/12/2013
The bill would require a pilot program on the provision of certain information to State veterans agencies to facilitate the transition of members of the Armed Forces from military service to civilian life.
Veterans’ Independent Living Enhancement Act - HR 3330
Date Introduced: 10/23/2013
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to repeal the limitation on the number of Veterans authorized to be enrolled in programs of independent living services and assistance administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Servicemembers Choice in Transition Act of 2013 - S 889
Date Introduced: 05/07/2013
The bill would amend title 10, United States Code, to improve the Transition Assistance Program of the Department of Defense.
To amend the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 to improve the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program by providing assistance under such program for certain training programs that are considered less than full-time - HR 1357
Date Introduced: 03/21/2013
The bill would amend the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 to permit retraining assistance under the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) to be used by a veteran to pursue a program of education for training on a less than full-time basis if the program consists of at least 16 seat-time hours (or the equivalent).
Servicemembers’ Choice in Transition Act of 2013 - HR 631
Date Introduced: 02/13/2013
The bill would amend title 10, United States Code, to provide requirements for the contents of the Transition Assistance Program.
Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) Extension Act of 2013 - HR 562
Date Introduced: 02/06/2013
The bill would provide for a three-month extension of the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
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Travel

A bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to require the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to establish a process for providing expedited and dignified passenger screening services for veterans travelin - S 2671
Date Introduced: 07/28/2014
(Bill text not yet available.)
Veterans Travel Tax Relief Act of 2013 - S 1255
Date Introduced: 06/27/2013
The bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a deduction for travel expenses to medical centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs in connection with examinations or treatments relating to service-connected disabilities.
Veterans Transportation Service Act - HR 1702
Date Introduced: 04/24/2013
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to make permanent the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to transport individuals to and from facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs in connection with rehabilitation, counseling, examination, treatment, and care.
To provide for coverage under the beneficiary travel program of the Department of Veterans Affairs of certain disabled veterans for travel in connection with certain special disabilities rehabilitation - S 633
Date Introduced: 03/21/2013
The bill would authorize payment under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) beneficiary travel program of travel expenses in connection with medical examination, treatment, or care of a veteran with vision impairment, a spinal cord injury or disorder, or double or multiple amputations whose travel is in connection with care provided through a VA special disabilities rehabilitation program, if such care is provided: (1) on an inpatient basis, or (2) while a veteran is provided temporary lodging at a VA facility in order to make such care more accessible.
To provide for coverage under the beneficiary travel program of the Department of Veterans Affairs of certain disabled veterans for travel for certain special disabilities rehabilitation - HR 1284
Date Introduced: 03/20/2013
The bill would authorize payment under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) beneficiary travel program of travel expenses in connection with medical examination, treatment, or care of a veteran with vision impairment, a spinal cord injury or disorder, or double or multiple amputations whose travel is in connection with care provided through a VA special disabilities rehabilitation program, if such care is provided: (1) on an inpatient basis, or (2) while a veteran is provided temporary lodging at a VA facility in order to make such care more accessible.
Travel Reimbursement for Inactive Duty Training Personnel (TRIP) Act of 2013 - S 378
Date Introduced: 02/25/2013
The bill would amend title 37, United States Code, to provide travel and transportation allowances for members of the reserve components for long distance and certain other travel to inactive duty training.
To permit veterans who have a service-connected, permanent disability rated as total to travel on military aircraft in the same manner and to the same extent as retired members of the Armed Forces entitled to such travel - S 346
Date Introduced: 02/14/2013
The bill would direct the Secretary of Defense (DOD) to provide transportation on scheduled and unscheduled military flights within the United States and on scheduled overseas flights on a space-available basis for veterans with a service-connected, permanent disability rated as total.
To permit veterans who have a service-connected, permanent disability rated as total to travel on military aircraft in the same manner and to the same extent as retired members of the Armed Forces entitled to such travel - HR 164
Date Introduced: 01/04/2013
The bill would direct the Secretary of Defense (DOD) to provide transportation on scheduled and unscheduled military flights within the United States and on scheduled overseas flights on a space-available basis for veterans with a service-connected, permanent disability rated as total.

Veteran Honors

To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to review the list of veterans designated as former prisoners of war, and for other purposes. - HR 5172
Date Introduced: 07/23/2014
Drone Reform Act (DRA) - HR 5091
Date Introduced: 07/11/2014
A bill that will consolidate all authority to use armed drones within the Department of Defense (DOD). This legislation shifts all authority to DOD, which will lead to greater transparency in the budget and appropriations process by moving away from the heavily secretive intelligence budget.
Support the Families of Fallen Heroes Semi postal Stamp Act - HR 5085
Date Introduced: 07/11/2014
A bill that would direct the U.S. Postal Service to issue the Families of Fallen Heroes Semipostal Stamp, the proceeds of which would go to the Families of the Fallen Support program, which is jointly administered by the United Service Organizations, Inc. (USO) and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).
Dignified Interment of Our Veterans Act of 2014 - HR 4446
Date Introduced: 04/10/2014
The bill would require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a study on matters relating to the claiming and interring of unclaimed remains of veterans.
Honor Guardsmen and Reservists Act - HR 4359
Date Introduced: 04/01/2014
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to make memorial headstones and markers available for purchase on behalf of members of reserve components who performed inactive duty training or active duty for training but did not serve on active duty.
A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a study on matters relating to the claiming and interring of unclaimed remains of veterans - S 1755
Date Introduced: 11/21/2013
The bill would require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a study on matters relating to the claiming and interring of unclaimed remains of veterans.
LTC Todd J. Clark Hero Flight Act of 2013 - HR 3337
Date Introduced: 10/23/2013
The bill would amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize payment of expenses for a stopover of the remains of decedents covered by section 1481 of such title en route to the final destination.
Guard Units and Reservists Deserve (GUARD) Remembrance Act - HR 2310
Date Introduced: 06/11/2013
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make available for purchase Department of Veterans Affairs memorial headstones and markers for members of reserve components who performed certain training.
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Veteran Status

To provide eligibility for veterans benefits for individuals who served in the United States merchant marine in the Southeast Asia theater of operations during the Vietnam Era - HR 5112
Date Introduced: 07/15/2014
A bill to provide eligibility for veterans benefits for individuals who served in the United States merchant marine in the Southeast Asia theater of operations during the Vietnam Era.
WWII Merchant Mariners Service Act - S 1361
Date Introduced: 07/24/2013
The bill would direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to accept additional documentation when considering the application for veterans status of an individual who performed service as a coastwise merchant seaman during World War II for purposes of veteran consideration by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
World War II Merchant Mariner Service Act - HR 1288
Date Introduced: 03/20/2013
The bill would direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to accept additional documentation when considering the application for veterans status of an individual who performed service as a coastwise merchant seaman during World War II for purposes of veteran consideration by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Honor America’s Guard-Reserve Retirees Act - S 629
Date Introduced: 03/20/2013
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to recognize the service in the reserve components of the Armed Forces of certain persons by honoring them with status as veterans under law.
Honor America’s Guard-Reserve Retirees Act - HR 679
Date Introduced: 02/13/2013
The bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to recognize the service in the reserve components of certain persons by honoring them with status as veterans under law.
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