The brave men and women of our military are among America’s greatest heroes. Individuals serving in the military come from all backgrounds and unite in a common goal to protect and defend the freedoms and values that make the United States like no other. These men and women have made enormous sacrifices for our country and their service should never be forgotten.
During my time in Congress, I have worked hard to support policies that honor, support and care for our veterans. This includes making sure that our veterans receive the benefits they’ve earned and enabling a seamless transition into civilian life. Whether it’s providing better housing options, improving access to health care, expanding education and job training programs, or reforming the administration of benefits, our policies should aim to achieve a better quality of life for our nation’s heroes.
The first bill I introduced in Congress, H.R. 2011, the Veterans Advisory Committee on Education Improvement Act, is a bipartisan effort focused on enhancing the job training and education opportunities for our veterans. The bill would extend a Committee which has a long history of advising the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on advancing education and job training programs for veterans. Most importantly, the bill expands the Committee to include a voice for post-9/11 vets who are returning home in record numbers and deserve access to quality job training and education programs. I was pleased that the bill passed through the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and I look forward to working towards its passage.
I have also been a vocal supporter of legislative initiatives such as H.R. 1725, the Veterans Mental Health Accessibility Act, which helps abate the high prevalence of mental health disorders in veterans, the Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act, H.R. 1742, which helps ensure severely wounded veterans are not prevented from accessing housing because of the cost of the care they receive for their injuries, and the 21st Century Health Care for Heroes Act, H.R. 2590, which requires the DOD and VA to better coordinate the transfer of soldiers’ medical records. All of these proposals are a step in the right direction to ensure that our veterans receive the care and support they deserve as they return home from conflict.
During debate of the Defense Appropriations Bill, I offered an amendment to increase funding for Fisher House, which provides free lodging near hospitals for military families when servicemen and veterans are receiving care. My amendment increased funding from $4 million to $20 million and will allow four new Fisher Houses to be built across the country. These new houses are owned and operated by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and will allow approximately 2,000 additional military families per year to stay with their heroes in their time of need at the hospital.
Moving forward, I will continue to be a strong advocate for the brave men and women of our armed services.
More on Veterans Issues
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John K. Delaney successfully introduced an amendment to the 2018 defense appropriations bill (H.R. 3219) that provides an additional $5 million in funding to the Fisher House Foundation, increasing the total funds appropriated to Fisher House to $10 million. The Fisher House Foundation provides military families with free lodging near Department of Veterans Affairs and military hospitals. The Delaney Amendment was accepted during floor debate on H.R. 3219 Thursday.
WILLIAMSPORT – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) held a Veterans Workshop and Panel Discussion Thursday night at Williamsport High School. Over 190 Marylanders attended the event, which offered constituents an opportunity to speak with representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies one-on-one and included a discussion moderated by Congressman Delaney on issues impacting veterans.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has filed legislation to help ensure that education and job training programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs are meeting the needs of the 21st century economy. Congressman Delaney’s legislation (H.R. 3205) reauthorizes the Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Education. The Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Education advises the VA Secretary on existing benefit programs and recommends new and improved programs and services. Absent congressional action, the Committee will lose authorization at the end of 2017.
WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of forty lawmakers led by Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6), Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14), Congresswoman Julia Brownley (CA-26) and Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX-19) have written Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin expressing their concerns that veterans may have adverse credit actions taken against them due to their participation in the Veterans Choice Program.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has reintroduced the Protecting Veterans Credit Act, bipartisan legislation to ensure that veterans’ credit scores and credit reports are not adversely affected by delayed medical payments associated with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Choice Program and other VA Community Care programs. The lead cosponsors are Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14), Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9) and Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-2). In total, the bill has 20 cosponsors.
WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives passed the WINGMAN Act, bipartisan legislation designed to cut through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) bureaucratic backlog. The bill would allow certified advocates in congressional offices who are working on a veteran’s behalf to have read-only access to the status of a pending VA claim and related necessary files.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) is a lead cosponsor of the WINGMAN Act, bipartisan legislation introduced today by Congressman Ted Yoho (FL-3). The WINGMAN Act is designed to cut through the bureaucratic backlog. The bill would allow certified veterans’ advocates in congressional offices who are working on a veteran’s behalf to have read-only access to the status of a pending VA claim and related necessary files. The legislation has been endorsed by AMVETS and has over 140 cosponsors.
WASHINGTON – Friday November 11 is Veterans Day. Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) releases the following statement:
WASHINGTON – The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) have announced their support for Congressman John K. Delaney’s Protecting Veterans Credit Act. Delaney’s legislation blocks the credit rating of veterans from being wrongfully lowered due to delayed payments associated with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Choice Program, shielding them from unnecessary financial harm.
CUMBERLAND – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) hosted a Veterans One-Stop-Shop in Cumberland featuring federal, state and local agencies and organizations together under one roof. Over 100 Marylanders attended the workshop, which is the 21st constituent services workshop Rep. Delaney has organized and hosted since 2015.