Veterans Bills

Multiple Veterans Bills Unanimously Pass the House

By PVA National Staff

On September 22-23, the House of Representatives unanimously passed multiple bills brought to the floor by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, many of which PVA supported.

Some of the bills passed are:

Also, of note is the House passage of S. 785, the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019, a $277 million veteran suicide prevention legislative package which is now on its way to the President’s desk for signature.

This comprehensive legislation includes provisions such as providing healthcare to all veterans for the year following their transition from the military, authorizing a grant program for organizations to provide suicide prevention services to veterans and their family members, reducing the shortage of VA mental health staff, and multiple studies and pilots aimed at specific populations of veterans.

Both Senate and House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairmen Jerry Moran and Mark Takano have promised that the passage of S. 785 does not mean the work on mental health is done.

Chairman Moran has committed to considering House passed legislation focused on suicide prevention.

They have also both promised to continue to work to bring legislation aimed at improving mental health care and resources for veterans in the 117th session of Congress.

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