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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.

Toxic Exposures

Senate’s COST of War Act, proposed by Senator Jon Tester

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The Comprehensive and Overdue Support for Troops (COST) of War Act of 2021 Act would:

  • 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.

House’s Honoring our PACT Act (H.R. 3967), introduced by Representative Mark Takano

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The Honoring Our PACT Act of 2021

The Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive and Overdue Support for Troops (PACT) Act would:

  • 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.

H.R. 3967


Women Veterans

The Women Veterans Transitional Residence Utilizing Support and Treatment (TRUST) Act

The Women Veterans Transitional Residence Utilizing Support and Treatment (TRUST) Act would analyze the need for long-term, women-specific drug and alcohol dependency treatment programs.


The Protecting Moms Who Served Act

Protecting Moms Who Served Act

The Protecting Moms Who Served Act would provide community maternity care providers with training and support for pregnant and postpartum veterans.


Whole Health & Wellness (Suicide Prevention and TBI)

The Sgt. Ketchum Rural Veterans Mental Health Act

The Sgt. Ketchum Rural Veterans Mental Health Act

The Sgt. Ketchum Rural Veterans Mental Health Act would expand mental health care for rural veterans.


The Suicide Prevention Lifeline Improvement Act

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The Suicide Prevention Lifeline Improvement Act would ensure that the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is providing high-quality service.


The Improving Mental Health Access from the Emergency Department Act

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The Improving Mental Health Access from the Emergency Department Act

The Improving Mental Health Access from the Emergency Department Act would establish a grant program for emergency departments to increase access to follow-up psychiatric services.


The Effective Suicide Screening and Assessment in the Emergency Department Act

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Effective Suicide Screening and Assessment in the Emergency Department Act

The Effective Suicide Screening and Assessment in the Emergency Department Act would establish a program to identify and treat patients in hospital emergency departments who are at risk of suicide.


Financial Security

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. 


The Major Richard Star Act

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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.


The Homeless Veterans CREDIT Act

The Homeless Veterans CREDIT Act

The Homeless Veterans CREDIT Act would study the effect of financial and credit counseling for homeless veterans and veterans experiencing housing instability.


Enhanced Quality of Life

The Veterans Expedited TSA Screening (VETS) Safe Travel Act

The Veterans Expedited TSA Screening Safe Travel Act

The Veterans Expedited TSA Screening (VETS) Safe Travel Act would provide TSA PreCheck at no cost to severely injured or disabled veterans.


Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Memorial Location Act

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Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Memorial Location Act

The Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Memorial Location Act would establish a National Global War on Terrorism Memorial on the National Mall within the Reserve.


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 Veterans Burn Pits Exposure Recognition Act would formally recognize that post-9/11 veterans who served near burn pits were exposed to airborne hazards and toxins. (S. 437 / H.R. 2436)


The K2 Veterans Care Act would provide health care and benefits to veterans who were exposed to toxic substances while serving at Karshi Khanabad Air Base, Uzbekistan. (S. 454 / H.R. 1355)


The ABLE Age Adjustment Act would raise the eligibility age for tax-favored Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts from age 26 to 46. (S. 331 / H.R. 1219)


The CHAMPVA Children's Care Protection Act would raise the maximum age for children eligible for medical care under the CHAMPVA program to age 26. (S. 727H.R. 1801)


The Mental Health Professionals Workforce Shortage Loan Repayment Act would establish a loan repayment program for mental health professionals to help reduce workforce shortages. (S. 1578H.R. 3150)


The Stopping the Mental Health Pandemic Act would provide assistance for behavioral health needs caused by the COVID–19 pandemic. (S. 165 / H.R. 588)


The Helping Emergency Responders Overcome (HERO) Act would improve the detection and treatment of mental health issues among public safety officers. (H.R. 1480)


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)

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