Honoring Our Veterans | Representative Joseph Morelle

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. 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. 

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.