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Congressman Dave Trott

Representing the 11th District of Michigan

5 bills for our nation's heroes

August 8, 2018
Blog Post

The last year and a half we’ve doubled down on our bipartisan efforts to transform the VA. It is important for our veterans and to know that Congress and the administration is fighting for them and, while there is still work ahead, the progress made to reform VA has been remarkable.

We’ve had over two dozen veterans bills signed into law by President Trump this Congress, and below are five key pieces of legislation that the House has passed to improve the VA:

1. VA MISSION Act: Signed into law on June 6, 2018 by President Trump, the VA MISSION Act of 2018 increases the availability for our veterans to access healthcare through coordinating care programs, gives more opportunities for walk-in appointments, and improves insurance options. To learn more about this bill, please follow this link.

2. VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act: This bill was passed in an effort to provide more transparency and clarity within the Department of Veterans Affairs. This bill will hold the VA accountable for their actions and provide veterans with the peace of mind in knowing that they are receiving the good care that they have earned. To learn more about this bill, please follow this link.

3. H.R. 5895: The Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act of 2018, passed in the House on June 8, 2018. This bill provides $145.4 billion dollars in funding for the Army Corps of Engineers, the VA, and military construction and family housing for the Department of Defense. To learn more about this bill, please follow this link.

4. H.R. 4958: Each year, Social Security benefits are automatically adjusted to match inflation. Conversely, Congress must pass a new law annually for veterans' disability compensation to do the same. The Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018 increases the disability compensation for our veterans and their survivors. To learn more about this bill, please follow this link.

5. H.R. 3832: The opioid epidemic has had a detrimental impact on our country. In May 2018, the House unanimously passed the Veterans Opioid Abuse Prevention Act in an effort to combat the opioid crisis. This bill specifically, connects the VA to national drug monitoring databases to ensure that our veterans do not go unnoticed. To learn more about this bill, please follow this link.