News from Representative Rouzer

   

Dear Friends,

This weekend our nation comes together to honor the brave men and women who have valiantly answered the call of duty to serve and protect our great country.  It is because of their selflessness and heroism that the United States remains free and continues to be the greatest light for liberty that mankind has ever known.

Today and everyday, let us all be reminded to thank our country’s servicemen and women and our veterans.  I am grateful for all those who have risked it all – many of whom are right here in North Carolina.  Let’s also remember their families, for they make a great sacrifice as well. 

UPDATE ON VETERANS LEGISLATION

As we honor our veterans, I wanted to provide you with a legislative update on veterans bills passed this week, which include:

  • The Veterans Crisis Line Study Act (H.R. 4173) – This bill would require the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct a study on the outcomes and efficacy of the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL).  The study would seek to provide a better understanding of the suffering many veterans endure from mental illnesses and other high-risk behaviors so that our medical professionals can better treat those who are suffering from the invisible wounds of war.
  • The Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Health Care Act (H.R. 918) – This bill would require the VA to provide an initial mental health assessment and any subsequent services required to meet urgent mental healthcare needs to former service members who would otherwise be ineligible for such services because they were discharged from military service under "other-than-honorable" (OTH) conditions.  
  • The Veterans Transplant Coverage Act (H.R. 1133) – This bill would amend the Veterans Choice program to authorize the VA to provide all care and services needed for a veteran to receive an organ transplant from a live donor, regardless of whether the donor is eligible for VA healthcare.  (Under current practice, a transplant can only occur if the donor is also a veteran.) 
  • The Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act (H.R. 2123) – This bill would give the VA Secretary the authority to allow VA providers to practice telemedicine across state lines.  This will expand the ability of veterans to access quality healthcare, particularly those in rural areas, who do not live in proximity to a VA facility.
  • The Veterans Increased Choice for Transplanted Organs and Recovery (H.R. 2601) – This bill would enable veterans who aren't able to access care at a VA transplant center to seek care at a community transplant facility.
  • The Securing Electronic Records for Veterans Ease (H.R. 3634) – This bill would make basic allowance for housing (VAH) documentation to be made available online to all veterans taking advantage of the GI Bill to help confirm a veteran's monthly housing stipend and simplify the home or apartment rental process.
  • The Veteran Apprenticeship & Labor Opportunity Reform (H.R. 3949) – The bill would simplify the GI Bill approval process for private employers wishing to hire veterans by allowing companies to register their apprenticeship programs with one central approval agency, instead of registering separately with each state approval agency.  This bill will encourage a more diverse range of companies to place veterans into apprenticeships.
  • The Veterans Fair Debt Notice Act (H.R. 3705) – This bill would require the VA to use certified mail to send debt notices to veterans and to use “plain language” to clearly explain why the debt is owed and what options are available to the veteran.
  • The VA Management Alignment Act (H.R. 1066) – This bill would require the VA to submit a report to Congress on the VA’s organizational structure.  In order for the Veteran Health Administration to effectively serve our nation's heroes, it must improve its internal management and organizational structure and function.  This bill would hold the VHA accountable to improve the care our veterans receive.

It is an honor to represent the fine veterans, and their families, of the 7th District.  As your representative in Congress, I will continue to support vital measures to honor and deliver results for our nation's heroes.

As a reminder, if you are a veteran or know of a veteran who needs assistance with federal casework, please do not hesitate to call my office in Wilmington at 910-395-0202 so we can assist you to the best of our ability. 

 

 

 

 


Sincerely,

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