117th Congress Veteran Bill Tracker
WWP proudly serves as a voice for our nation’s warriors in Washington, D.C., advocating for the issues that matter to them most. Using the data collected from our Annual Warrior Survey and feedback from warriors, and by talking with members of Congress, we push for policies and initiatives that can make a real difference in the lives of millions of warriors, family members, and caregivers. We directly represent WWP’s 195,000 registered post-9/11 warriors and their families, and on broader issues, as many as 20 million of our nation’s veterans from all generations.
I. New Laws
The Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act
The Honoring our PACT Act will:
- Grant VA health care enrollment eligibility to any veteran who suffered toxic exposures while in service regardless of their service-connected disability claim status
- Create a list of presumptive disabilities for veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances
- Concede exposure to burn pits and other airborne hazards for veterans who served in areas where they were known to be used
- Ensure VA adopts a framework to establish new presumptive disabilities in a timely manner based on scientific data
- Develop a training module to ensure VA providers and benefits personnel are able to properly identify, treat, assess the impact of illnesses related to toxic exposures
- Require a toxic exposure questionnaire at the beginning of every VA primary care appointment.
- S. 3373
The Protecting Moms Who Served Act
The Protecting Moms Who Served Act provides community maternity care providers with training and support for pregnant and postpartum veterans.
The Sgt. Ketchum Rural Veterans Mental Health Act
The Sgt. Ketchum Rural Veterans Mental Health Act expands mental health care for rural veterans.
Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Memorial Location Act
The GWOT Memorial Location Act authorizes a National Global War on Terrorism Memorial on the National Mall within the Reserve. President Biden signed this into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Dec. 27, 2021.
The Making Advances in Mammography and Medical Options (MAMMO) for Veterans Act
The MAMMO for Veterans Act would improve mammography services furnished by VA.
II. Priority Bills
Post-9/11 Veterans' Mental Health Care Improvement Act (S. 3293)
The Post-9/11 Veterans' Mental Health Care Improvement Act would expand access to VA mental health care.
Support The Resiliency of Our Nation’s Great (STRONG) Veterans Act of 2022 (H.R. 6411)
The STRONG Veterans Act of 2022 would make improvements in VA's mental health care.
The 9–8–8 and Parity Assistance Act of 2022 (H.R. 7232)
The 9–8–8 and Parity Assistance Act of 2022 would improve access to suicide prevention services.
The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Reauthorization Act of 2022
The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Reauthorization Act of 2022 would reauthorize and further expand the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP).
The Women Veterans Transitional Residence Utilizing Support and Treatment (TRUST) Act
The Women Veterans TRUST Act would analyze the need for long-term, women-specific drug and alcohol dependency treatment programs.
The VA Peer Support Enhancement for MST Survivors Act
The Servicemembers and Veterans Empowerment and Support Act
Long Term Care and Support
Elizabeth Dole Act of 2022 (S. 3854)
The Elizabeth Dole Act of 2022 would improve certain VA programs for home and community based services.
Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act (S. 2852)
The Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act would authorize VA to enter into contracts for the payment of care in non-VA medical foster homes (MFH) for veterans who are unable to live independently.
The Major Richard Star Act
The Major Richard Star Act would provide both disability compensation and retirement pay simultaneously for retirees with fewer than 20 years of service and a combat-related disability.
Brian Neuman VA Clothing Allowance Improvement Act and Mark O’Brien VA Clothing Allowance Improvement Act
The Brian Neuman VA Clothing Allowance Improvement Act and Mark O’Brien VA Clothing Allowance Improvement Act would automatically re-enroll qualifying veterans in the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) clothing allowance benefit, eliminating an unnecessarily burdensome enrollment process for veterans with injuries and adaptations that will not change.
Wounded Warrior Access Act (H.R. 5916)
The Wounded Warrior Access Act (H.R. 5916) would allow veterans to electronically request and receive their C-Files easily and securely.
Enhanced Quality of Life
The Veterans Expedited TSA Screening (VETS) Safe Travel Act
The VETS Safe Travel Act would provide TSA PreCheck at no cost to severely injured or disabled veterans.
III. Additional Key Bills
The Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act would establish a service connection for veterans who served in areas of known exposure and are now suffering from certain diseases. (S. 952 / H.R. 2372)
The 9-8-8 Implementation Act would provide support for state and local implementation of 9-8-8. (draft bill)
The Telehealth Extension Act of 2021 would provide permanent access to telehealth by ending geographic and site restrictions. (H.R. 6202)
The Homeless Veterans CREDIT Act would study the effect of financial and credit counseling for homeless veterans and veterans experiencing housing instability. (H.R. 1257)
The Supporting Families of the Fallen Act would increase the maximum amount of a policy under the Veterans’ Group Life Insurance and Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance from $400,000 to $500,000. (H.R. 3793)
The Veteran Employment Recovery Act would expand the Veteran Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) to encourage businesses to hire or rehire veterans who have been unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (H.R. 3582)