Congressman John Delaney

Representing the 6th District of Maryland
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Veterans Issues

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

Oct 28, 2013

WASHINGTON – The House has passed legislation by Rep. John Delaney (MD-6) designed to improve educational and job training programs and benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Education Improvement Act (H.R. 2011) passed by a 404 to 2 vote and now heads to the Senate for approval. 

Oct 9, 2013

WASHINGTON – Today the House passed H.J. Res 91, which provides continuing appropriations for death gratuities and related survivor benefits for the families of deceased military service members for fiscal year 2014. The law restores benefits that had been halted due to the government shutdown that began October 1.

Aug 7, 2013

WASHINGTON – A number of national veterans advocacy organizations have expressed support for Congressman John K. Delaney’s (MD-6) Veterans Advisory Committee on Education Improvement Act (H.R. 2011). Last week, the bill passed the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs unanimously.

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Students Veterans Association (SVA), Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) have all issued statements in support of H.R. 2011.

Aug 1, 2013

WASHINGTON - Bipartisan veterans’ legislation introduced by Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has passed the Full House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on Thursday, August 1 unanimously by voice vote.  H.R. 2011, the Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Education Improvement Act was introduced on May 16, 2013. The legislation authorizes the Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Education through December 31, 2015, and expands the makeup of the Committee to include post 9/11 veterans.

Jul 25, 2013

WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) successfully introduced an amendment to increase funding for Fisher Houses, which provide free lodging near hospitals for military & veteran families. Delaney’s amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act (H.R. 2397) passed by voice vote Tuesday. The Delaney Amendment, which increases funding for the Fisher House Account by $16 million, facilitates the construction of at least new four new Fisher Houses and is offset by a reduction in the Defense-Wide Operation and Maintenance Account.

 

Jul 19, 2013

WASHINGTON - Bipartisan veterans’ legislation introduced by Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has been approved by the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity. H.R. 2011, the Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Education Improvement Act, passed through subcommittee markup on Thursday, July 18, and has now been referred to the full House Committee on Veterans Affairs.

Jun 27, 2013

WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) testified Tuesday before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity on H.R. 2011, the Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Education Improvement Act. Introduced on May 16, 2013, the legislation authorizes the Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Education through December 31, 2015, and expands the makeup of the Committee to include post 9/11 veterans.

May 16, 2013

 

WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) and Congressman Jim Renacci (OH-16) have introduced H.R. 2011 The Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Education Improvement Act. Designed to improve education and career training benefits for veterans, the legislation authorizes the Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Education through December 31, 2015, and expands the makeup of the Committee to include post 9/11 veterans.

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