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We are honored to have over 85,000 veterans living in the Third District of North Carolina. These brave men and women and their families have made tremendous sacrifices and deserve everything we have promised.
Where I Stand
I believe those who wear or have worn the uniform of this nation deserve everything promised to them because they and their families have earned it defending our country. For my entire public life, I have been a tireless advocate for our veterans, their families, and all active and reserve personnel. I work closely with The Military Coalition that represents 5.5 million veterans and their families. I am honored to have received numerous awards from the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), and many other Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs).
So far in the 115th Congress I have cosponsored 34 bills supporting veterans, more than any other sitting member of the House of Representatives. In the 113th and 114th Congress, I cosponsored more bills supporting veterans than any other sitting member of the House of Representatives. I will continue to stand by America's veterans, because they stood up for us.
Legislative Action in the 115th Congress
H.R.406 - Honoring our Heroes Act
To amend title 10, United States Code, to facilitate the replacement of military decorations for relatives of deceased members of the Armed Forces to include extended family members.
H.R. 299 - Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017
Would include as part of the Republic of Vietnam its territorial seas for purposes of the presumption of service connection for diseases associated with exposure by veterans to certain herbicide agents while in Vietnam.
H.R. 303- Retired Pay Restoration Act
States that military retired pay should not be reduced because a military retiree is also eligible for veterans disability compensation awarded for a service-connected disability.
H.R. 333 - Diabled Veterans Tax Termination Act
Would amend federal military retired pay provisions to: (1) permit veterans with a service-connected disability of less than 50% to receive both reitred pay and disaiblity compensation; (2) eliminate provisions requiring a phase-in for concurrent pay; (3) require a limited reduction in retired pay for qualified disability retirees with less than 20 years of retirement-creditable service.
H. R. 874 -Sgt. Brandon Ketchum Never Again Act.
Would require the VA, upon the request of a veteran who is enrolled in the VA health care system and entitled to in-patient psychiatric care at: (1) the VA facility that is closest to where the veteran resides and that has the capacity and capability to provide such care, or (2) at a non-VA facility if the VA facility lacks such capacity or capability.
H.R. 1063 - Veteran Prescription Continuity Act
Would amend the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 to direct the Department of Veterans Affairs(VA) to provide an individual transitioning from Department of Defense to VA-furnished medical treatment any pharmaceutical agent not included in the joint uniform formulary if a DOD health care procider determines that the agent is critical for transition.
H.R.1690 - Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus Transparency Act
To amend title 38, United States Code, requiring the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit an annual report regarding performance awards and bonuses awarded to certain high-level employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs. This bill is aimed at increasing oversight and maximizing transparency.
H.R.1827 - To amend the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 to provide a partial exemption to veterans from the eligibility requirements, and for other purposes.
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.
You can find a full list of veterans-related legislation that I have cosponsored here.