Issa Votes to Improve Veterans’ Services and Employment Opportunities
Feb 13, 2017
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a series of bills that help veterans. The legislation passed today includes the WINGMAN Act, one of the first pieces of legislation co-sponsored by Congressman Issa in the new Congress and introduced as part of his 2017 District Priorities.
“Veterans have fought and sacrificed much in their service to our nation. I’m pleased to support bipartisan legislation to speed up our ability to get them the benefits they’ve earned.
As the Representative for the 42,000 Marines and their families at Camp Pendleton, one of the biggest issues we help constituents with every year is casework for problems with benefits or service issues at the VA. Yet, too often, bureaucratic red tape has created delays, taking weeks or months for caseworkers to receive the files they’ve requested from the VA. Streamlining this process through the WINGMAN Act will ensure that veterans won’t have to wait and can quickly get the help and benefits they’ve earned.
We also must ensure veterans have ample opportunities for employment when they return from their service. The bills we've passed today will help make veterans a priority in the hiring process and give recognition to the companies who've put our heroes first. I applaud these efforts to improve veterans' services and strengthen job opportunities for those who've served."
The bills passed today include:
H.R. 512 – The WINGMAN Act
The WINGMAN Act, co-sponsored by Congressman Darrell Issa, enables Congressional offices to provide better service to veterans with benefits claims and constituent services. It speeds up casework process by allowing authorized Congressional staff the ability to directly access VA records on behalf of constituents, instead of having to go through a middle-man at the agency.
H.R. 244 – HIRE Vets Act
The HIRE Vets Act establishes a recognition program to reward companies that hire veterans. Companies that hire, recruit and retain a certain proportion of veterans would become eligible for Gold or Platinum HIRE medallions to recognize -- and incentivize – companies that support employment opportunities for veterans.
H.R. 974 -- BRAVE Act
The BRAVE Act authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to give preferences in contracting to companies based on the percentage of full-time employees who are veterans.
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