Delaney, Jones File Legislation to Help Disabled Veterans
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) and Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) have re-introduced legislation to make it easier for working disabled veterans to receive medical care. The Delaney-Jones Medical Leave for Disabled Veterans Act expedites access to protected medical leave for veterans with service-connected disabilities, allowing them to receive treatment, while continuing to support themselves and their families.
The Medical Leave for Disabled Veterans was first introduced by Delaney last Congress and has been endorsed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Blue Water Vietnam Veterans Association and the Military Veterans Advocacy.
“The Medical Leave for Disabled Veterans Act addresses two big issues that the American people are demanding action on: making sure disabled veterans have access to health care and helping them transition to civilian life. Access to protected medical leave is an important part of the puzzle and this commonsense bill speeds up their eligibility,” said Congressman Delaney. “I’m proud to work with Congressman Jones on the Medical Leave for Disabled Veterans Act and look forward to continuing to build support for this important bill.”
“Our disabled veterans should not have to wait an entire year to receive the medical leave they need,” said Congressman Jones. “Thank you to Congressman Delaney and my fellow colleagues for lessening the burden of transition to civilian life and cosponsoring this important piece of legislation.”
“Veterans who are ill or injured as result of their military service should not be forced to choose between their jobs or receiving health care for service-connected disabilities. The VFW thanks Congressman Delaney for his leadership in ensuring veterans have access to their earned health care benefits,” said Carlos Fuentes, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Legislative Director
“It is imperative that this bill pass quickly, Disabled veterans need to have appropriate access to VA health care and this bill will ensure they can access that care with a minimum of problems. We owe our veterans smooth access to medical care,” said Commander J.B. Wells U.S. Navy (Retired), Executive Director, Military Veterans Advocacy, Inc.
“This legislation will help veterans and their families when they are confronted by medical situations that require for them to be away from their jobs. MOPH fully Supports the Medical Leave for Disabled Veterans Act, and thanks Congressman Delaney for his work on this issue,” Aleks Morosky, National Legislative Director, Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Under current law, disabled veterans – as well as all other workers – become eligible for job-protected unpaid medical leave only after they have been employed for a year under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The Delaney-Jones legislation provides for FMLA protected leave for veterans with a disability rating of 30-50% after eight months on the job and FMLA protected leave for veterans with a disability rating of over 50% after six months.
This bipartisan legislation is cosponsored by 25 House Members.