Hartzler Praises Bill to Enhance Veteran Care
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) praised the House’s passage of a bill that would improve transition assistance for veterans, bolster veteran health care, improve the GI Bill and enhance veterans’ burial benefits, among other things. The bill includes many provisions from stand-alone legislation the House passed earlier this year.
“I’m pleased to see common-sense reforms for our nation’s veterans move forward,” Hartzler said. “This legislation makes practical changes to strengthen the way we care for those who have served and those who still serve our country today. I look forward to the Senate moving quickly on this bill that would improve how we care for our veterans and servicemembers.”
This bill, S. 2248, the Veterans Benefit and Transition Act of 2018, would make changes to several veteran and service member benefits. One provision ensures that students using their GI Bill benefits are not penalized if the Veterans Administration is late making payments to their school. In addition, the bill would allow service members who are deployed or relocated to cancel television and internet service contracts without incurring a penalty and authorize the VA through 2024 to allow the burial of spouses and dependents of veterans in national cemeteries.
The bill is expected to be voted on by the Senate before the year’s end and be sent to the President to become law.
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