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 – Monday May 30 is Memorial Day, an annual holiday honoring those who died while serving in our nation’s armed forces.
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) releases the following statement:
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has published an op-ed in the Huffington Post on the need to expedite medical leave eligibility for disabled veterans. Last week, Delaney introduced the bipartisan Medical Leave for Disabled Veterans Act, which has been endorsed by many of the nation’s leading veterans’ organizations.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) and Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-19) have introduced legislation to make it easier for working disabled veterans to receive medical care. The Medical Leave for Disabled Veterans Act expedites medical leave eligibility for veterans with service-connected disabilities, allowing them to receive medical care for injuries sustained in service to America. The bipartisan legislation is cosponsored by 33 House Members.
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, the House passed The Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act (H.R. 4676), bipartisan legislation that establishes federal penalties for anyone convicted of knowingly engaged in a scheme to defraud an individual of veterans’ benefits. The bill is designed to crack down on fraudulent enterprises that aim to rip off veterans by imposing a fine, imprisonment or both on these activities. Under current law these activities are illegal, but there are no penalties associated with the violation.
WASHINGTON – Thirty House members have joined Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) in calling for increased federal support for the Fisher House Foundation so that more military families can stay together while America’s heroes receive medical care. Fisher Houses provide free lodging near hospitals for the families of veterans and service-members while a loved one is receiving treatment. Over 250,000 families have been served by the Fisher House Foundation.
WASHINGTON – This week, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) urged colleagues in the House of Representatives to join him in increasing federal support for the Fisher House Foundation in the federal budget for fiscal year 2017. The request to House members was made in a Dear Colleague letter co-authored by House Committee on Veterans Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller (FL-1), Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Congressman Walter Jones (NC-3).
Maryland is home to over 437,000 veterans, men and women who served our country. Their courage, determination and expertise have made our military the greatest fighting force in the history of the planet. Maryland veterans wore our country’s uniform around the globe, in places far from home and in some of the most dangerous settings imaginable. They sacrificed for us, placing country above self-interest, enduring hardship, time away from their families and in many cases suffering injury to protect our freedom and keep us safe.
WASHINGTON – The Frederick News-Post has published an op-ed by Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) on legislation he will introduce to expand benefits for disabled veterans.
Delaney’s op-ed is available online here and copied below:
Helping veterans access medical leave
By Rep. John K. Delaney
WASHINGTON – The Frederick News-Post has published an op-ed by Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) on the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
Delaney’s op-ed is available online here and copied below:
Remembering the sacrifice of Vietnam veterans 50 years later
By Rep. John Delaney
WASHINGTON - Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has published an op-ed in the Huffington Post on the need to increase federal support for Fisher House, an organization that provides free lodging near hospitals for military families.