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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 deserve everything we have promised them.
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 114th Congress I have cosponsored 52 bills supporting veterans, more than any other sitting member of the House of Representatives. In the 113th 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 114th Congress
H.R. 454 - Military Retiree Survivor Comfort Act - Would require the United States to forgive any overpayment of military retired or retainer pay for any period after the death of the recipient through the last day of the month in which such death occurs, if such payment is electronically deposited to a joint account bearing the name of the decedent and decedent's designated beneficiary. It also provides a special effective date for a first annuity payment to a survivor under the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) when an overpayment is forgiven.
H.R. 148 - Would ensure that military chaplains have the prerogative to close a prayer outside of a religious service according to the dictates of the chaplains' own conscience.
H.R. 146 - Directs the Secretary of Defense to furnish hyperbaric oxygen therapy available at a military medical treatment facility to a member of the Armed Forces who is: (1) prescribed such therapy by a physician, (2) serving on active duty, and (3) diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury.
H.R. 124 - Redesignates: (1) the Department of the Navy as the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps, and (2) the Secretary of the Navy as the Secretary of the Navy and Marine Corps. It would make similar redesignations with respect to the Department Under Secretary, the Department Assistant Secretaries, and the General Counsel.
H.R. 303 - Retired Pay Restoration Act, To amend title 10, United States Code, to permit additional retired members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability to receive both disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs for their disability and either retired pay by reason of their years of military service or combat-related special compensation.
H.R. 504 - To amend title 36, United States Code, to require that the POW/MIA flag be displayed on all days that the flag of the United States is displayed on certain Federal property.
H.R. 696 - To prohibit any hiring freeze from affecting the Department of Veterans Affairs.
You can find a full list of veterans-related legislation that I have cosponsored here.