Honoring Our Veterans
Serving in America’s Armed Forces is one of the most courageous and selfless decisions citizens of this country can make. It is a decision we should never cease to honor and celebrate.
However, too frequently our veterans and active duty service members do not receive the essential care and support they need and deserve.
I will always stand up to ensure that those who have so bravely defended our freedoms have access to the essential resources and support they need to thrive as civilians. This means keeping our promise that the Department of Veterans Affairs remains public and serves the needs of our veterans, not private industry profit-seekers; providing robust reentry programs and job opportunities upon entering civilian life; and funding and expanding crucial mental health services for our veterans.
Earlier this year, I introduced the Reach Every Veteran in Crisis Act, which ensures the Department of Veterans Affairs is spending every dollar it has been allotted for suicide prevention outreach. This bill came after I learned that the VA had been allocated $6.2 million for suicide prevention outreach, however it had only spent $1.5 million of that budget. It also ensures that the allocated dollars are well-spent by ensuring the department establishes targets based on industry-standard metrics.
I am also proud to co-sponsor:
H.R. 2184 The Reaching Every Veteran in Crisis Act
To ensure the VA is using every tool available for outreach to inform of critical services and protect our veterans.
H.R. 1830 The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act
To preserve and commemorate the stories of America's service members who have received the Purple Heart by requesting the U.S. Mint issue gold coins.
H.R. 95 The Homeless Veteran Families Act
To provide more financial support for homeless veterans with dependents to reduce the burden of housing costs.
H.R. 2056 The Cadet Nurse Corps Act
To recognize and honor the individuals who served in the United States Nurse Corps during WWII.
H.R. 929 The Rabbi Michoel Ber Weissmandl Congressional Gold Medal Act
To honor Rabbi Michoel Ber Weissmandl, who is responsible for saving numerous Jewish lives from the Nazi regime.
H.R. 3010 The Honoring All Veterans Act
To update the mission statement of the Department of Veterans Affairs to be more inclusive of women veterans and today's veteran population by having it read, "To fulfill President Lincoln's promise to care for those 'who shall have borne the battle' and for their families, caregivers, and survivors."
H.R. 1641 The LEGION Act
To ensure all those who have served in the armed forces are able to take advantage of the many resources offered by the American Legion.
H.R. 1925 The Margaret Corbin Act
To rename the Department of Veterans Affairs campus in Mahattan the "Margaret Cochran Corbin Campus of New York Harbor Care System" after Corbin, who dressed as a man to fight alongside her husband in 1776 at the Battle of Fort Washington.
H.R. 2384 The Military Housing Oversight and Service member Protection Act
To address unsafe and sanitary conditions in privatized, on-base housing for military personnel and their families.
To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide child care assistance to veterans receiving certain medical services.
H.R 3636 The Caring For Our Women Veterans Act
To ensure women veterans receive quality health care from VA facilities.
H.R. 886 The Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2019
To direct the Department of Justice to establish a Veterans Treatment Court program to provide grants and techinical assistance for state, local, and trival governments to develop and maintain treatment courts.
H.R. 2569 The Veterans Agent Orange Exposure Equity Act
To ensure the VA provides support to veterans who served in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia between 1962-1975, where agent orange was used.
Note: Some of the outlined legislation above was introduced during the 116th Congress.
These brave men and women have stood up to protect and defend the freedoms we hold dear -- the very least we could do is stand up for them.
More on Honoring Our Veterans
(Rochester, NY) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle announced that provisions he authored to assist veterans in crisis and combat veteran suicide have been signed into law as part of the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act.
(Rochester, NY) –Today, Congressman Morelle announced that the Veterans Outreach Center has been awarded a federal grant to combat veteran homelessness in our community. The VOC is among 425 other awardees nationwide to receive a share in the full $279 million package disbursed by the Department of Veteran Affairs.
(Rochester, NY) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle announced his sponsorship of a package of legislation to honor, celebrate, and protect America’s courageous veterans.