Veteran Legislation Status

 

 

July 2013

Senate Clears VFW-Supported Bills:

This week, the Senate Veterans Affairs' Committee cleared several VFW-supported bills. S. 944, the Veterans Educational Transition Act of 2013 contained provisions from several other bills including requiring public universities participating in VA's education program to only charge veterans the in-state tuition rate regardless of their state of residence and asking VA to report publicly on its progress in reducing the backlog of pending disability benefits claims and. The VFW has minor concerns about the specific in-state tuition language included in S. 944, but applauds Chairman Bernie Sanders and Ranking Member Richard Burr for their attention to the issue.

Other bills cleared include:

**S. 6 the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, which offers up to 12 months of job retraining for unemployed veterans. The bill also extends through Dec. 31, 2016, VA's authority to provide the same vocational and rehabilitation programs to severely injured or ill members of the armed forces that are provided to veterans and asks VA to develop a single Web-based employment portal for veterans to access information on employment opportunities, training and unemployment benefits.

**S. 131, Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvement Act, would allow for fertility treatment and counseling, reproductive treatment and care for the spouses and surrogates of veterans as part of medical services. The bill also provides adoption assistance to veterans who have an infertility condition incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.

**S 893, the Cost of living Adjustment Act of 2013 which will provide an increase in veterans' disability payments at the same rate as Social Security benefits.

**S 851, Caregiver Expansion and Improvement Act expands eligibility for the caregiver program to all service members with serious service-related injuries. Under current law, only veterans with injuries that occurred since Sept. 11, 2001, are eligible to participate in the program.

**S 572, which would require a judge's ruling on a veteran's mental competency to bar the veteran from buying firearms. Under current law, a determination of mental incompetency by VA is enough to put a veteran's name on the prohibited list of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

For a complete listing of all the bills, visit the SVAC website at: http://www.veterans.senate.gov/ hearings.cfm?action=release.display&release_id=160ec328-cd38-471e-9ce5-9ba1ce3fa638

For VFW testimony on many of the bills click here: http://www.vfw.org/VFW-in-DC/Congressional-Testimony/

DoD to Move Quickly on Same-Sex Benefits

Hagel: Defense Department Welcomes Supreme Court Decision American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2013 – Defense Department officials will move forward in making benefits available to all military spouses, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a statement issued after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.

The law had prevented federal agencies from offering all of the same benefits to spouses in same-sex marriages that they provide to other spouses.

Here is the secretary’s statement:

The Department of Defense welcomes the Supreme Court's decision today on the Defense of Marriage Act. The Department will immediately begin the process of implementing the Supreme Court's decision in consultation with the Department of Justice and other executive branch agencies. The Department of Defense intends to make the same benefits available to all military spouses -- regardless of sexual orientation -- as soon as possible. That is now the law, and it is the right thing to do.

Every person who serves our nation in uniform stepped forward with courage and commitment. All that matters is their patriotism, their willingness to serve their country and their qualifications to do so. Today's ruling helps ensure that all men and women who serve this country can be treated fairly and equally, with the full dignity and respect they so richly deserve.

Later, a Defense Department spokesman issued a statement detailing some of the steps the department is taking:

The Department will immediately begin to update the identification card issuance infrastructure and update the applicable implementing guidance. We estimate that this process will take about 6-12 weeks. For civilian employees, the Department will look to OPM for guidance. For civilian employees who are eligible for ID card-related benefits, the Department intends that ID cards will be made available to same-sex spouses of civilian employees at the same time as same-sex spouses of military members.

  • The Supreme Court's ruling means that the Defense Department will extend all benefits to same-sex spouses of military personnel that are currently extended to opposite-sex spouses, including medical, dental, interment at Arlington National Cemetery, and with-dependent Basic Allowance for Housing. The Department will implement these benefit changes as soon as possible for same-sex spouses.
  • The policies governing burial at Arlington National Cemetery will apply equally to same-sex and opposite-sex spouses.
  • We are carefully reviewing command sponsorship for overseas tours, and all applicable Status of Forces agreements.
  • We will assess costs as we move forward with implementation.
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VA FDC Program Update:

The Fully Developed Claims (FDC) program is an optional new initiative that offers Veterans, Servicemembers and survivors faster decisions from VA on compensation, pension, and survivor benefit claims. Veterans, Servicemembers and survivors simply submit all required records and documentation at the time they make their claim and certify that they have no further evidence. VA can then review and process the claim more quickly. There are many types of claims for disability compensation. For example, if you’re filing a VA claim for the very first time, you have an original claim. A reopened claim means you have new and material evidence and you want VA to reconsider a claim it once denied. There are also new claims, secondary claims, and special claims. To learn more about which type of claim you may have and the evidence and forms you need with your submission refer to http://www.benefits.va.gov/COMPENSATION/fdc_checklist.asp . Your claim must meet all the applicable requirements listed to be considered for the FDC program.

Veterans may file an FDC for disability compensation for an injury, disability, or condition believed to have occurred or been aggravated by military service, or a condition caused or aggravated by an existing service-related condition. Servicemembers may use the Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) program at eBenefits.va.gov to submit a Fully Developed Claim before discharge. The BDD program is available nationwide to all Servicemembers on full-time active duty, including members of the National Guard, Reserve, and Coast Guard. Servicemembers who do not meet the BDD criteria or have 1-59 days remaining in service should submit a Quick Start [http://www.benefits.va.gov/PREDISCHARGE/claims-pre- discharge-quickstart.asp] claim on eBenefits.va.gov. Veterans and their families and survivors may also file pension or dependency and indemnity compensation (survivor) claims at:

  • • Survivor Benefits: http://benefits.va.gov/COMPENSATION/types-dependency_and_indemnity.asp
  • • Pension: http://www.benefits.va.gov/PENSIONANDFIDUCIARY/pension/vetpen.asp

By filing an FDC, Veterans, Servicemembers and survivors take charge of their claim by providing all the evidence at once. By then certifying that there is no more evidence, VA can issue a decision faster. Participation will not affect the attention your claim receives from qualified VA rating staff or the benefits to which you’re entitled. If VA determines other records exist and are required to decide a claim, VA will simply remove the claim from the FDC program and process it through the traditional claims process. Once you initiate your FDC, you’ll have up to one year to complete it. Should VA approve your claim, you’ll be paid back to the day you initiated your claim. Refer to http://www.benefits.va.gov/ COMPENSATION/fdc_walkthrough.asp to see a step-by-step process of completing a FDC online.

The best way to file an FDC is electronically at eBenefits.va.gov. Once you log on to your account, VA recommends you appoint an accredited Veterans Service Officer to help you initiate your claim, gather the required medical records and evidence, and submit your claim. If you don’t yet have an eBenefits.va.gov account register at https://myaccess.dmdc.osd.mil/identitymanagement/registration.do? execution=e1s1. If you prefer to file your FDC by paper, complete VA Form 21-526EZ and visit your local regional office. A directory of these offices is available at http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/division_ flsh.asp?dnum=3. While there, you can appoint an accredited Veterans Service Officer to help you prepare and submit your claim. You can also appoint your accredited Veterans Service Officer online at eBenefits. va.gov. To prepare your FDC follow the detailed easy-to-follow checklist at http://www.benefits.va.gov/ COMPENSATION/fdc_checklist.asp. [Source: http://www.benefits.va.gov/fdc May 2013 ++] 30

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VA Sleep Apnea Claims:

In 2001, the year U.S. forces invaded Afghanistan, 983 veterans began to draw disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs for sleep apnea, a disorder linked to obesity and characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep that can cause chronic drowsiness.

Last year, 25 times that number of veterans and military retirees (24,791) were added to VA compensation rolls for service-connected sleep apnea, raising the number of vets and retirees drawing apnea payments to 114,103, double the number VA reported just three years earlier. VA compensation for sleep apnea now exceeds $1.2 billion annually under the most conservative of calculations. Michael T. Webster, a former naval aviator and family law attorney in Shalimar, Fla., calls this boom a scam and an offense to veterans who suffer from “real disabilities.”

Webster seeks to shine a spotlight on what he sees as “widespread abuse” of the VA claims system, mostly by recent retirees. He began with a 6 MAY letter to his congressman, Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), who is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. “Virtually every single family law case which I have handled involving military 33 members during the past three years has had the military retiree receiving a VA disability based upon sleep apnea,” Webster wrote. “A recently retired colonel told me that military members approaching retirement are actually briefed that if they claim VA disability based on sleep apnea, then they receive an automatic 50 percent disability rating thereby qualifying for ‘concurrent’ payment status.” A spokesman for Chairman Miller said: “These are obviously very serious allegations and the committee is looking into them to ensure that veterans benefits go only to those who have earned them.”

VA data show 88 percent of veterans diagnosed with sleep apnea have a 50-percent disability rating. That’s because if a sleep study confirms apnea on active duty, or the condition can be linked back to time in service, and a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine is prescribed, then the current VA rating schedule requires a 50 percent disability rating. Ironically, physicians who treat the disorder say that if a CPAP provides relief, vets no longer should be viewed as disabled, a nuance ignored by the Veterans Affairs Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD). “Many people who have sleep apnea and are on treatment are not disabled. I would say the majority,” said Dr. Samuel Kuna, chief of sleep medicine at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, in a phone interview. That seems to support Webster’s argument that VA is compensating increasing numbers of veterans who aren’t disabled. Webster said he knows of retired Air Force pilots diagnosed with sleep apnea who have passed rigorous flight physicals to be able to fly commercial aircraft.

VA’s Dr. Kuna stopped short of sharing his opinion on whether thousands of veterans he views as not disabled should still draw VA compensation. “I’m a clinician on the front line taking care of the patient. My focus is on managing that patient’s medical problem,” Kuna said. “So I am not involved with their disability claim, other than providing information that they may need for their applications.” VA has been compensating for sleep apnea only since 1996 when VASRD ratings for respiratory diseases received a major overhaul. The ease with which a claimant with sleep apnea reaches the 50-percent threshold is significant for retirees. Ratings below 50 percent, for those who don’t have a CPAP, have no relief from the ban on concurrent receipt of both retired pay and VA compensation. Retired pay is cut dollar-for-dollar by VA payments. With a 50-percent rating, retirees boost monthly income by at least $810, more if they married or have other dependents.

Webster said word has spread, particularly among careerists nearing retirement, that if they snore they’d be foolish not to request a sleep study to check for apnea. Such testing used to be done in a lab. More often today it is conducted at home using a headband or wristband device that collects medical data during sleep. If there is cessation of airflow into the lungs for at least 10 seconds and at least five times an hour, mild sleep apnea is diagnosed, and a CPAP can be prescribed. Patients with severe apnea have 30 or more events per hour. Severe apnea, if not treated, can damage the heart or lead to respiratory failure or other injuries. Kuna said he finds no unique association between sleep apnea and the rigors of service life except in cases of wounds or injuries to nasal passages. In those cases, surgery is the usual treatment rather than a CPAP. “The greatest risk factor for sleep apnea is obesity,” Kuna said. “And we have had an epidemic of obesity over the last two decades, at least in the United States…We do see a lot of young veterans who are overweight a year or two after they have left the service.” A sleep study is needed to diagnose apnea. If done on active duty, the condition is service-connected and usually compensable. For vets and retirees diagnosed after service, establishing a “medical nexus” to service time is more difficult but still possible. Claimants provide statements from spouses or colleagues that they snored heavily in service, had difficulty sleeping and point to medical records showing fatigue or trouble sleeping.

Tom Murphy, compensation services director for VA, said compensation claims for sleep apnea or any other medical condition are “demand driven” and not something VA would want to discourage. Veterans today, he said, simply “are more aware of what their benefits are and are taking advantage of it.” Verna Jones, director of American Legion’s veterans’ affairs and rehabilitation division, called Webster’s letter “hurtful” to vets with sleep apnea who only in recent years have discovered why they snored so loud and were chronically tired. She said any surge in claims is a credit to VA, the Legion and to other veteran service organizations that are briefing veterans more 34 thoroughly “on all types of disabilities they can apply for.” Webster, however, said it’s a slap at veterans “truly disabled,” like his late father who, as a 21-year-old Marine, lost an arm at the shoulder from gun mount explosion at sea. His dad later married, raised seven children and could fix anything as long one of his kids helped with a tool or nail. Carved on his tombstone, said Webster, is “HHT” for Here, hold this. “When you grow up like that, seeing a one-armed individual not giving into the disability, [and] then to see people with no disability whatsoever sucking huge amounts of money out of federal coffers, while our airplanes are being grounded and ships are not putting to sea…it pissed me off. Somebody needs to blow the whistle. By God, if somebody is disabled, compensate them. But this is a sham and it rankles me to the core.” | 30 May 2013

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July 26, 2013

Senate Clears VFW-Supported Bills

This week, the Senate Veterans Affairs' Committee cleared several VFW-supported bills. S. 944, the Veterans Educational Transition Act of 2013 contained provisions from several other bills including requiring public universities participating in VA's education program to only charge veterans the in-state tuition rate regardless of their state of residence and asking VA to report publicly on its progress in reducing the backlog of pending disability benefits claims and. The VFW has minor concerns about the specific in-state tuition language included in S. 944, but applauds Chairman Bernie Sanders and Ranking Member Richard Burr for their attention to the issue.

Other bills cleared include:

**S. 6 the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, which offers up to 12 months of job retraining for unemployed veterans. The bill also extends through Dec. 31, 2016, VA's authority to provide the same vocational and rehabilitation programs to severely injured or ill members of the armed forces that are provided to veterans and asks VA to develop a single Web-based employment portal for veterans to access information on employment opportunities, training and unemployment benefits.

**S. 131, Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvement Act, would allow for fertility treatment and counseling, reproductive treatment and care for the spouses and surrogates of veterans as part of medical services. The bill also provides adoption assistance to veterans who have an infertility condition incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.

**S 893, the Cost of living Adjustment Act of 2013 which will provide an increase in veterans' disability payments at the same rate as Social Security benefits.

**S 851, Caregiver Expansion and Improvement Act expands eligibility for the caregiver program to all service members with serious service-related injuries. Under current law, only veterans with injuries that occurred since Sept. 11, 2001, are eligible to participate in the program.

**S 572, which would require a judge's ruling on a veteran's mental competency to bar the veteran from buying firearms. Under current law, a determination of mental incompetency by VA is enough to put a veteran's name on the prohibited list of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

For a complete listing of all the bills, visit the SVAC website at: http://www.veterans.senate.gov/ hearings.cfm?action=release.display&release_id=160ec328-cd38-471e-9ce5-9ba1ce3fa638

For VFW testimony on many of the bills click here: http://www.vfw.org/VFW-in-DC/Congressional-Testimony/


30 December 2012

As of 30 DEC of the 6715 House and 3711 Senate bills introduced in the 112th Congress, the following are of interest to the non-active duty veteran community. A good indication on the likelihood of a bill of being forwarded to the House or Senate for passage and subsequently being signed into law by the President is the number of cosponsors who have signed onto the bill. An alternate way for it to become law is if it is added as an addendum to another bill such as the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and survives the conference committee assigned to iron out the difference between the House and Senate bills. At http://thomas.loc.gov you can review a copy of each bill’s text, determine its current status and number of cosponsors, the committee it has been assigned to, who your representative is and his/her phone number, mailing address, or email/website to communicate with a message or letter of your own making, and if your legislator is a sponsor or cosponsor of it. To separately determine what bills, amendments your representative has sponsored, cosponsored, or dropped sponsorship on refer to http://thomas.loc.gov/bss/d111/sponlst.html. To review a numerical list of all bills introduced refer to http://thomas.loc.gov/bss/111search.html.

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House Legislation

House Bills

Note: Go to http://thomas.loc.gov/home/thomas.php and enter bill number in the Search block to determine current cosponsor status and last major action taken by the House.

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H.R.23 : Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish the Merchant Mariner Equity Compensation Fund to provide benefits to certain individuals who served in the United States merchant marine (including the Army Transport Service and the Naval Transport Service) during World War II.

Sponsor: Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (88) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 2/18/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

To support this bill and/or contact your legislators send a message via http://capwiz.com/naus/issues/alert/?alertid=21643506

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H.R.28 : Veterans Outreach Improvement Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the outreach activities of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep McIntyre, Mike [NC-7] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 2/18/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.46 : Fallen Heroes Family Act of 2011. A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for nonimmigrant status for an alien who is the parent or legal guardian of a United States citizen child if the child was born abroad and is the child of a deceased member of the Armed Forces of the United States.

Sponsor: Rep Issa, Darrell E. [CA-49] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Judiciary Latest Major Action: 1/24/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement. 3

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H.R.79 : Dependent Care Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide certain abused dependents of veterans with health care.

Sponsor: Rep Jackson Lee, Sheila [TX-18] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 2/18/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.115 : CHAMPVA Children's Protection Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to increase the maximum age for children eligible for medical care under the CHAMPVA program.

Sponsor: Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (9) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 2/18/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.117 : HELP Veterans Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (None) Related Bills: S.1017 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 2/18/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

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Disabled Veterans' Surviving Spouses Home Loans Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for eligibility for housing loans guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the surviving spouses of certain totally-disabled veterans.

Sponsor: Rep Foxx, Virginia [NC-5] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (10) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/7/2011 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee Hearings Held.

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Taxpayer Payment Designation to Homeless Vets. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow taxpayers to designate a portion of their income tax payment to provide assistance to homeless veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Israel, Steve [NY-2] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (18) Related Bills H.R.3353, S.1806 Committees: House Ways and Means; House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 2/18/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.159 : TBI Treatment Act. A bill to direct the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program under which the Secretaries make payments for certain treatments of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sponsor: Rep Sessions, Pete [TX-32] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Armed Services; House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 2/18/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.168 :

VA Care for Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of veterans with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Sponsor: Rep Stearns, Cliff [FL-6] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (1) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 2/18/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.169 :

Publicize VA VetSuccess Internet Website. A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to include on the main page of the Internet website of the Department of Veterans Affairs a hyperlink to the VetSuccess Internet website and to publicize such Internet website.

Sponsor: Rep Stearns, Cliff [FL-6] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/15/2011 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee Hearings Held.

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H.R.178 :

Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to repeal the requirement for reduction of survivor annuities under the Survivor Benefit Plan for military surviving spouses to offset the receipt of veterans dependency and indemnity compensation.

Sponsor: Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (207) Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 2/4/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

To support this bill and/or contact your legislators send a message via

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H.R.179 :

Health Care for Under 60 Retired Reserves. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to eliminate the requirement that certain former members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces be at least 60 years of age in order to be eligible to receive health care benefits. 5

Sponsor: Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (3) Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 2/4/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.181 : National Guardsmen and Reservists Parity for Patriots Act. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to ensure that members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces who have served on active duty or performed active service since September 11, 2001, in support of a contingency operation or in other emergency situations receive credit for such service in determining eligibility for early receipt of non-regular service retired pay, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (92) Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 2/4/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.186 :

Chapter 61 CRDP Eligibility. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to expand the eligibility for concurrent receipt of military retired pay and veterans' disability compensation to include all members of the uniformed services who are retired under chapter 61 of such title for disability, regardless of the members' disability rating percentage.

Sponsor: Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (36) Committees: House Armed Services; House Budget; House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 2/18/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

To support this bill and/or contact your legislators send a message via http://capwiz.com/usdr/issues/alert/?alertid=21781506&queueid=[capwiz:queue_id] or TREA’s http://www.capwiz.com/trea/issues/bills/?bill=22113501

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H.R.198 :

Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program on dog training therapy.

Sponsor: Rep Grimm, Michael G. [NY-13] (introduced 1/6/2011) Cosponsors (98) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/25/2011 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee Hearings Held.

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H.R.208 : Tricare Mental Health Counselor Reimbursement. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize the reimbursement of mental health counselors under TRICARE, and for other purposes. 6

Sponsor: Rep Rooney, Thomas J. [FL-16] (introduced 1/6/2011) Cosponsors (2) Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 2/4/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.210 :

Filipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to deem certain service in the organized military forces of the Government of the Commonwealth of the Philippines and the Philippine Scouts to have been active service for purposes of benefits under programs administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Sponsor: Rep Speier, Jackie [CA-12] (introduced 1/6/2011) Cosponsors (96) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 2/18/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.238 :

Military Retiree Health Care Relief Act of 2011. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a refundable credit to military retirees for premiums paid for coverage under Medicare Part B.

Sponsor: Rep Emerson, Jo Ann [MO-8] (introduced 1/7/2011) Cosponsors (10) Committees: House Ways and Means Latest Major Action: 1/7/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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H.R.240 :

Promote Vet Jobs with DVA Sole Source Contracts. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to promote jobs for veterans through the use of sole source contracts by Department of Veterans Affairs for purposes of meeting the contracting goals and preferences of the Department of Veterans Affairs for small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans.

Sponsor: Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] (introduced 1/7/2011) Cosponsors (2) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/7/2011 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee Hearings Held.

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H.R.248 :

Depleted Uranium Screening and Testing Act. A bill to provide for identification of members of the Armed Forces exposed during military service to depleted uranium, to provide for health testing of such members, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Serrano, Jose E. [NY-16] (introduced 1/7/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 2/4/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel. 7

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H.R.284 :

Veterans, Women, Families with Children, and Persons With Disabilities Housing Fairness Act of 2011. A bill to authorize funds to prevent housing discrimination through the use of nationwide testing, to increase funds for the Fair Housing Initiatives Program, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Green, Al [TX-9] (introduced 1/12/2011) Cosponsors (33) Committees: House Financial Services Latest Major Action: 3/23/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity.

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H.R.287 :

Homes for Heroes Act of 2011. A bill to provide housing assistance for very low-income veterans.

Sponsor: Rep Green, Al [TX-9] (introduced 1/12/2011) Cosponsors (46) Committees: House Financial Services; House Ways and Means Latest Major Action: 3/23/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity.

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H.R.303 :

Retired Pay Restoration Act. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to permit additional retired members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability to receive both disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs for their disability and either retired pay by reason of their years of military service or Combat-Related Special Compensation and to eliminate the phase-in period under current law with respect to such concurrent receipt.

Sponsor: Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-9] (introduced 1/18/2011) Cosponsors (105) Committees: House Armed Services; House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 2/25/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.309

: Samuel B. Moody Bataan Death March Compensation Act. A bill to provide compensation for certain World War II veterans who survived the Bataan Death March and were held as prisoners of war by the Japanese.

Sponsor: Rep Mica, John L. [FL-7] (introduced 1/18/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 2/4/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.319 :

Veterans Day Off Act. A bill to require employers to provide veterans with time off on Veterans Day. 8

Sponsor: Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1] (introduced 1/19/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Education and the Workforce Latest Major Action: 2/25/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.

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H.R.333 :

The Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to permit retired members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability rated less than 50 percent to receive concurrent payment of both retired pay and veterans' disability compensation, to eliminate the phase-in period for concurrent receipt, to extend eligibility for concurrent receipt to chapter 61 disability retirees with less than 20 years of service, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [GA-2] (introduced 1/19/2011) Cosponsors (167) Committees: House Armed Services; House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 2/25/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.396 : TBI Treatment Act. A bill to direct the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program under which the Secretaries make payments for certain treatments of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sponsor: Rep Sessions, Pete [TX-32] (introduced 1/24/2011) Cosponsors (22) Committees: House Armed Services; House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 2/25/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.420 : Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act of 2011. A bill to provide an amnesty period during which veterans and their family members can register certain firearms in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Rehberg, Denny [MT] (introduced 1/25/2011) Cosponsors (230) Committees: House Judiciary; House Ways and Means Latest Major Action: 2/7/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

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H.R.493 : Military Retiree Survivor Comfort Act. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for forgiveness of certain overpayments of retired pay paid to deceased retired members of the Armed Forces following their death. 9

Sponsor: Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] (introduced 1/26/2011) Cosponsors (8) Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 2/4/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.540 : In Memory Medal for Forgotten Veterans Act. A bill to direct the Secretary of Defense to issue a medal to honor veterans of the Armed Forces who died after their service in the Vietnam War, but whose deaths were a direct result of their service in the Vietnam War.

Sponsor: Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] (introduced 2/8/2011) Cosponsors (2) Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 3/3/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.544 : Servicemen Mortgage Foreclosure Protection. A bill to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to permanently extend the period of protections for servicemembers against mortgage foreclosures, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] (introduced 2/8/2011) Cosponsors (7) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/15/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

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H.R.545 : Providing Military Honors for our Nation's Heroes Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to reimburse certain volunteers who provide funeral honors details at the funerals of veterans.

Sponsor: Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] (introduced 2/8/2011) Cosponsors (None) Related bill H.R.811 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/15/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.561 : Veterans Employment Tax Credit Act of 2011. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the work opportunity tax credit with respect to veterans.

Sponsor: Rep Welch, Peter [VT] (introduced 2/8/2011) Cosponsors (1) Committees: House Ways and Means Latest Major Action: 2/8/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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H.R.575 : HEALTHY Vets Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into contracts with community health care providers to improve access to health care for veterans in highly rural areas, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Pearce, Stevan [NM-2] (introduced 2/9/2011) Cosponsors (11) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/15/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.595 : National Song of Remembrance. A bill to amend title 36, United States Code, to designate the musical piece commonly known as "Taps" as the National Song of Remembrance, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Reed, Tom [NY-29] (introduced 2/9/2011) Cosponsors (14) Committees: House Judiciary; House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/15/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.648 : Pledge of Allegiance Saluting. A bill to amend title 4, United States Code, to authorize members of the Armed Forces not in uniform and veterans to render a military salute during the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Sponsor: Rep Terry, Lee [NE-2] (introduced 2/10/2011) Cosponsors (1) Committees: House Judiciary Latest Major Action: 2/28/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution.

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H.R.652 : Tricare Premium Limits. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to limit the increase of premiums, deductibles, copayments, or other charges for health care provided under the TRICARE program.

Sponsor: Rep Young, Don [AK] (introduced 2/10/2011) Cosponsors (6) Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 3/3/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.743 : Hire A Hero Act of 2011. A bill to To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow the work opportunity credit to small businesses which hire individuals who are members of the Ready Reserve or National Guard.

Sponsor: Rep Jenkins, Lynn [KS-2] (introduced 2/16/2011) Cosponsors (30) Related bill S.367 Committees: House Ways and Means 11

Latest Major Action: 2/16/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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H.R.776 : Guaranteed 3% COLA for Seniors Act of 2011. A bill to require the establishment of a Consumer Price Index for Elderly Consumers to compute cost-of-living increases for Social Security benefits under title II of the Social Security Act and to provide, in the case of elderly beneficiaries under such title, for an annual cost-of-living increase which is not less than 3 percent.

Sponsor: Rep Engel, Eliot L. [NY-17] (introduced 2/17/2011) Cosponsors (4) Committees: House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce Latest Major Action: 2/17/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

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H.R.802 : VetStar Award Program. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a VetStar Award Program.

Sponsor: Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] (introduced 2/18/2011) Cosponsors (2) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; Senate Veterans' Affairs House Reports: 112-80 Latest Major Action: 6/6/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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H.R.803 : Equity for Injured Veterans Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to increase vocational rehabilitation and employment assistance, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] (introduced 2/18/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/15/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

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H.R.804 : Operation New Dawn Vet Care. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the eligibility of certain veterans who serve in support of Operation New Dawn for hospital care, medical services, and nursing home care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sponsor: Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] (introduced 2/18/2011) Cosponsors (2) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/15/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.805 : Injured and Amputee Veterans Bill of Rights Education. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to educate certain staff of the Department of Veterans Affairs and to inform veterans about the Injured and Amputee Veterans Bill of Rights, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] (introduced 2/18/2011) Cosponsors (11) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/15/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.806 : End Veteran Homelessness Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the services provided for homeless veterans under the administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Sponsor: Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] (introduced 2/18/2011) Cosponsors (3) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/15/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.809 : Post Women Veterans Bill of Rights. To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to display in each facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs a Women Veterans Bill of Rights.

Sponsor: Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] (introduced 2/18/2011) Cosponsors (13) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/15/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.810 : Fair Access to Veterans Benefits Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the tolling of the timing of review for appeals of final decisions of the Board of Veterans' Appeals, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] (introduced 2/18/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/15/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.811 : Providing Military Honors for our Nation's Heroes Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to reimburse certain volunteers who provide funeral honors details at the funerals of veterans.

Sponsor: Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] (introduced 2/18/2011) Cosponsors (1) Related bill H.R.545 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 5/3/2011 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee Hearings Held.

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H.R.812 : Agent Orange Equity Act of 2011. A bill To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam.

Sponsor: Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] (introduced 2/18/2011) Cosponsors (72) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/15/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.813 : Vet Survivor Benefit Eligibility. To amend title 38, United States Code, to reduce the period of time for which a veteran must be totally disabled before the veteran's survivors are eligible for the benefits provided by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for survivors of certain veterans rated totally disabled at time of death.

Sponsor: Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] (introduced 2/18/2011) Cosponsors (3) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/15/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.814 : Medicare VA Reimbursement Act of 2011. A bill to To provide Medicare payments to Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities for items and services provided to Medicare-eligible veterans for non-service-connected conditions.

Sponsor: Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] (introduced 2/18/2011) Cosponsors (10) Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce; House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/15/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.834 : Veterans Home Loan Refinance Opportunity Act of 2011. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow eligible veterans to use qualified veterans mortgage bonds to refinance home loans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Davis, Susan A. [CA-53] (introduced 2/28/2011) Cosponsors (9) Committees: House Ways and Means Latest Major Action: 2/28/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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H.R.865 : Veteran Employment Transition Act of 2011. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the work opportunity credit to certain recently discharged veterans.

Sponsor: Rep Walz, Timothy J. [MN-1] (introduced 3/1/2011) Cosponsors (59) Committees: House Ways and Means; House Armed Services 14

Latest Major Action: 3/15/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.923 : Veterans Pensions Protection Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to exempt reimbursements of expenses related to accident, theft, loss, or casualty loss from determinations of annual income with respect to pensions for veterans and surviving spouses and children of veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23] (introduced 3/3/2011) Cosponsors (61) Related Bill: S.780 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/22/2011 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by Voice Vote .

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H.R.924 : Jobs for Veterans Act of 2011. A bill to amend the Small Business Act to establish a Veterans Business Center program, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Heinrich, Martin [NM-1] (introduced 3/3/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Small Business Latest Major Action: 3/3/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.

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H.R.930 : PTSD Disability Compensation Evaluation. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the disability compensation evaluation procedure of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder or mental health conditions related to military sexual trauma, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Pingree, Chellie [ME-1] (introduced 3/3/2011) Cosponsors (34) Related Bill: S.1391 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/1/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.938 : Frank Buckles World War I Memorial Act. To establish a commission to ensure a suitable observance of the centennial of World War I and to designate memorials to the service of men and women of the United States in World War I.

Sponsor: Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] (introduced 3/8/2011) Cosponsors (48) Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform; House Natural Resources Latest Major Action: 1/24/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee Hearings Held.

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H.R.943 : K-9 Companion Corps Act. A bill to establish a grant program to encourage the use of assistance dogs by certain members of the Armed Forces and veterans. 15

Sponsor: Rep Hirono, Mazie K. [HI-2] (introduced 3/8/2011) Cosponsors (23) Committees: House Armed Services; House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/1/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.948 : Embedded Mental Health Providers for Reserves Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to require the provision of behavioral health services to members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces necessary to meet pre-deployment and post-deployment readiness and fitness standards, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Loebsack, David [IA-2] (introduced 3/8/2011) Cosponsors (20) Related bill S.325 Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 3/18/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.961 : Safe Haven for Heroes Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, with respect to the prohibition on disrupting military funerals, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [MD-2] (introduced 3/8/2011) Cosponsors (9) Committees: House Judiciary Latest Major Action: 3/21/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

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H.R.1003 : National Guard, Reserve, "Gray Area" Retiree, and Surviving Spouses Space-available Travel. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize space-available travel on military aircraft for reserve members, former members of a reserve component, and unremarried surviving spouses and dependents of such members and former members.

Sponsor: Rep Young, Don [AK] (introduced 3/10/2011) Cosponsors (1) Related Bill: S.542, S.1678 Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 3/18/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.1014 : Children of Military Service Members Commemorative Lapel Pin Act. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to recognize the dependent children of members of the Armed Forces who are serving on active duty or who have served on active duty through the presentation of an official lapel button.

Sponsor: Rep Latta, Robert E. [OH-5] (introduced 3/10/2011) Cosponsors (4) Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 3/18/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel. 16

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H.R.1025 : Reserve Veteran Status. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to recognize the service in the reserve components of certain persons by honoring them with status as veterans under law.

Sponsor: Rep Walz, Timothy J. [MN-1] (introduced 3/10/2011) Cosponsors (54) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; Senate Veterans' Affairs House Reports: 112-233 Latest Major Action: 10/12/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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H.R.1092 : Military Retirees Health Care Protection Act. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to prohibit certain increases in fees for military health care.

Sponsor: Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] (introduced 3/15/2011) Cosponsors (31) Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 4/6/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.1130 : Education Assistance to Realign New Eligibilities for Dependents (EARNED) Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide authority for certain members of the Armed Forces who have served 20 years on active duty to transfer entitlement to Post-9/11 Educational Assistance to their dependents.

Sponsor: Rep Alexander, Rodney [LA-5] (introduced 3/16/2011) Cosponsors (10) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/1/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

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H.R.1133 : Helping Our Homeless Veterans Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into agreements with States and nonprofit organizations to collaborate in the provision of case management services associated with certain supported housing programs for veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] (introduced 3/16/2011) Cosponsors (2) Related bill: S.411 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Financial Services Latest Major Action: 4/4/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity.

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H.R.1154 : Veterans Equal Treatment for Service Dogs Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to prevent the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from prohibiting the use of service dogs on Department of Veterans Affairs property.

Sponsor: Rep Carter, John R. [TX-31] (introduced 3/17/2011) Cosponsors (69) Related Bill: S.769 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/28/2011 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote .

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H.R.1169 : National Guard Technician Equity Act. A bill to amend titles 5, 10, and 32, United States Code, to eliminate inequities in the treatment of National Guard technicians, to reduce the eligibility age for retirement for non-Regular service, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Andrews, Robert E. [NJ-1] (introduced 3/17/2011) Cosponsors (5) Related Bills: S.1893 Committees: House Armed Services; House Oversight and Government Reform Latest Major Action: 4/1/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and Labor Policy.

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H.R.1178 : Disabled Veterans Commissary and Exchange Store Benefits Act. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to extend military commissary and exchange store privileges to veterans with a compensable service-connected disability and to their dependents.

Sponsor: Rep Fortenberry, Jeff [NE-1] (introduced 3/17/2011) Cosponsors (2) Related Bills: H.R. 2148, H.R.6488 Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 3/31/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.1245 : Navy UDT-SEAL Museum. To recognize the memorial at the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida, as the official national memorial of Navy SEALS and their predecessors.

Sponsor: Rep Rooney, Thomas J. [FL-16] (introduced 3/29/2011) Cosponsors (1) Related Bill: S.1235 Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 5/18/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.1260 : Support for Survivors Act. A bill to provide for the preservation by the Department of Defense of documentary evidence of the Department of Defense on incidents of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the military, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1] (introduced 3/30/2011) Cosponsors (8) Related Bill: S.658 Committees: House Armed Services; House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 5/18/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.1263 : Surviving Spouse Mortgage Protection. A bill to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide surviving spouses with certain protections relating to mortgages and mortgage foreclosures.

Sponsor: Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] (introduced 3/30/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; Senate Veterans' Affairs House Reports: 112-234 Latest Major Action: 10/12/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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H.R.1283 : Reserve Retirement Deployment Credit Correction Act. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to eliminate the per-fiscal year calculation of days of certain active duty or active service used to reduce the minimum age at which a member of a reserve component of the uniformed services may retire for non-regular service.

Sponsor: Rep Latham, Tom [IA-4] (introduced 3/31/2011) Cosponsors (55) Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 5/18/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.1285 : Military Health Care Affordability Act. A bill t o amend title 10, United States Code, to prohibit certain increases in fees for military health care before fiscal year 2014.

Sponsor: Rep Bachmann, Michele [MN-6] (introduced 3/31/2011) Cosponsors (7) Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 5/18/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.1288 : World War II Merchant Mariner Service Act. A bill to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to accept additional documentation when considering the application for veterans status of an individual who performed service in the merchant marines during World War II, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Butterfield, G. K. [NC-1] (introduced 3/31/2011) Cosponsors (116) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/15/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.1298 : Veterans' Efficiencies Through Savings Act of 2011. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct cost-benefit analyses for the provision of medical care by the Department of Veterans Affairs in certain geographic areas served by multiple Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities.

Sponsor: Rep LoBiondo, Frank A. [NJ-2] (introduced 3/31/2011) Cosponsors (3) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/15/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. 19

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H.R.1312 : Jobs for Veterans Act of 2011. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow an increased work opportunity credit with respect to recent veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep King, Peter T. [NY-3] (introduced 4/1/2011) Cosponsors (10) Committees: House Ways and Means; House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/15/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

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H.R.1383 : Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011. A bill to temporarily preserve higher rates for tuition and fees for programs of education at non-public institutions of higher learning pursued by individuals enrolled in the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs before the enactment of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010, and for other purposes

Sponsor: Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1] (introduced 4/6/2011) Cosponsors (11) Related Bill S.745 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; Senate Veterans' Affairs House Reports: 112-81 Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 112-26 [GPO: Text, PDF]

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H.R.1392 : Fairness to Veterans Act of 2011. A bill to provide assistance to veterans and veteran-owned businesses with respect to contract opportunities, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Fitzpatrick, Michael G. [PA-8] (introduced 4/6/2011) Cosponsors (1) Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform Latest Major Action: 4/8/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform .

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H.R.1407 : Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011. A bill to to increase, effective as of December 1, 2011, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, and for other purposes by the same percentage as applies to any social Security rate increase.

Sponsor: Rep Runyan, Jon [NJ-3] (introduced 4/6/2011) Cosponsors (8) Related bill S.894 , H.R.4114, S2259 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; Senate Veterans' Affairs House Reports: 112-82 Latest Major Action: 5/24/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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H.R.1441 : Arlington Gravesite Reservations. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to codify the prohibition against the reservation of gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery, and for other purposes. 20

Sponsor: Rep Runyan, Jon [NJ-3] (introduced 4/8/2011) Cosponsors (3) Related bill: S.698 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 5/18/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.1451 : Post 9/11 GI Bill Payment Restoration Act. A bill to repeal a modification of authority to make certain interval payments of educational assistance under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes

Sponsor: Rep Davis, Susan A. [CA-53] (introduced 4/8/2011) Cosponsors (14) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Appropriations Latest Major Action: 4/29/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

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H.R.1457 : William Shemin Jewish World War I Veterans Act. A bill to direct the Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of the Navy to conduct a review of military service records of Jewish American veterans of World War I, including those previously awarded a military decoration, to determine whether any of the veterans should be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Luetkemeyer, Blaine [MO-9] (introduced 4/8/2011) Cosponsors (20) Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 5/18/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.1460 : Automatic Combat Vet Enrollment. A bill to provide for automatic enrollment of veterans returning from combat zones into the VA medical system, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Owens, William L. [NY-23] (introduced 4/8/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/16/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee Hearings Held.

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H.R.1484 : Veterans Appeals Improvement Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the appeals process of the Department of Veterans Affairs and to establish a commission to study judicial review of the determination of veterans' benefits.

Sponsor: Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] (introduced 4/12/2011) Cosponsors (1) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; Senate Veterans' Affairs House Reports: 112-83 Latest Major Action: 6/6/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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H.R.1497 : Tripoli Libya Vet Remains. A bill to direct the Secretary of Defense to take whatever steps may be necessary to exhume and transfer the remains of certain deceased members of the Armed Forces buried in Tripoli, Libya, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Rogers, Mike J. [MI-8] (introduced 4/12/2011) Cosponsors (6) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 5/18/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.1540 : National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. A bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2012 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2012, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep McKeon, Howard P. "Buck" [CA-25] (by request) (introduced 4/14/2011) Cosponsors (1) Committees: House Armed Services; Senate Armed Services; House Homeland Security House Reports: 112-78, 112-78 Part 2; Latest Conference Report: 112-329 (in Congressional Record H8356-8726) Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 112-81 [GPO: Text, PDF]

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H.R.1591 : Sanctity of Eternal Rest for Veterans Act of 2011. A bill to guarantee that military funerals are conducted with dignity and respect.

Sponsor: Rep Bass, Charles F. [NH-2] (introduced 4/15/2011) Cosponsors (34) Related Bill: S.815 Committees: House Judiciary; House Veterans' Affairs; House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 8/25/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

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H.R.1595 : Veterans' Home Loan Improvement Act of 2011. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make all veterans eligible for home loans under the veterans mortgage revenue bond program.

Sponsor: Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] (introduced 4/15/2011) Cosponsors (15) Committees: House Ways and Means Latest Major Action: 4/15/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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H.R.1627 : Arlington Monument Placements. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for certain requirements for the placement of monuments in Arlington National Cemetery, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1] (introduced 4/15/2011) Cosponsors (3) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Armed Services; Senate Veterans' Affairs House Reports: 112-84 Part 1 Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 112-154 [GPO: Text, PDF]

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H.R.1647 : Veterans' Choice in Filing Act of 2011. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program under which certain veterans may submit claims for benefits under laws administered by the Secretary to any regional office of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sponsor: Rep Runyan, Jon [NJ-3] (introduced 4/15/2011) Cosponsors (1) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 5/3/2011 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee Hearings Held.

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H.R.1657 : Vet Business Misrepresentation Penalties. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to revise the enforcement penalties for misrepresentation of a business concern as a small business concern owned and controlled by veterans or as a small business concern owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans.

Sponsor: Rep Stutzman, Marlin A. [IN-3] (introduced 4/15/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; Senate Veterans' Affairs House Reports: 112-85 Latest Major Action: 5/24/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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H.R.1671 : Andrew Connolly Veterans' Housing Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide specially adapted housing assistance to individuals residing temporarily in housing owned by a family member.

Sponsor: Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1] (introduced 5/2/2011) Cosponsors (2) Related Bills: H.R.4299 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 5/5/2011 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote .

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H.R.1775 : Stolen Valor Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to establish a criminal offense relating to fraudulent claims about military service.

Sponsor: Rep Heck, Joseph J. [NV-3] (introduced 5/5/2011) Cosponsors (107) Related Bills: S.1728 Committees: House Judiciary House Reports: 112-650 Latest Major Action: 9/19/2012 Received in the Senate.

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H.R.1811 : National Guard Employment Protection Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for employment and reemployment rights for certain individuals ordered to full-time National Guard duty.

Sponsor: Rep Coffman, Mike [CO-6] (introduced 5/10/2011) Cosponsors (15) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs 23

Latest Major Action: 5/25/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

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H.R.1826 : Unauthorized Vet Fees Penalty. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to reinstate criminal penalties for persons charging veterans unauthorized fees.

Sponsor: Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-9] (introduced 5/11/2011) Cosponsors (4) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Judiciary Latest Major Action: 7/22/2011 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by Voice Vote .

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H.R.1850 : Army Combat Action Badge Eligibility Expansion. A bill to expand retroactive eligibility of the Army Combat Action Badge to include members of the Army who participated in combat during which they personally engaged, or were personally engaged by, the enemy at any time on or after December 7, 1941.

Sponsor: Rep Nugent, Richard [FL-5] (introduced 5/11/2011) Cosponsors (2) Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 5/24/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.1854 : Veterans Outreach Enhancement Act of 2011. A Bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a program of outreach for veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Ryan, Tim [OH-17] (introduced 5/11/2011) Cosponsors (1) Related bill: S.935 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 5/25/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.1855 : Veterans' Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitative Services' Improvements Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the provision of rehabilitative services for veterans with traumatic brain injury, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Walz, Timothy J. [MN-1] (introduced 5/11/2011) Cosponsors (11) Related Bills: S.957 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/28/2011 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by Voice Vote .

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H.R.1863 : Veterans Health Equity Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that veterans in each of the 48 contiguous States are able to receive services in at least one full-service Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in the State or receive comparable services provided by contract in the State, and for other purposes. 24

Sponsor: Rep Guinta, Frank C. [NH-1] (introduced 5/12/2011) Cosponsors (1) Related Bills: S.910 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 5/27/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.1871 : Wounded Warrior Tax Equity Act of 2011. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prevent the extension of the tax collection period merely because the taxpayer is a member of the Armed Forces who is hospitalized as a result of combat zone injuries.

Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Sam [TX-3] (introduced 5/12/2011) Cosponsors (None) Related Bills: S.993 Committees: House Ways and Means Latest Major Action: 5/12/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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H.R.1898 : Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the conditions under which certain persons may be treated as adjudicated mentally incompetent for certain purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Rehberg, Denny [MT] (introduced 5/13/2011) Cosponsors (4) Related Bills: H.R.2349, S.1707 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/22/2011 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote .

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H.R.1910 : Unused Post-9/11 Educational Assistance. A bill to extend for one year the authority of certain members of the Armed Forces and veterans to transfer unused Post-9/11 Educational Assistance benefits to family members.

Sponsor: Rep Bartlett, Roscoe G. [MD-6] (introduced 5/13/2011) Cosponsors (22) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 5/27/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

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H.R.1911 : Protecting Veterans' Homes Act. A bill to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to permanently extend the period of protections for servicemembers against mortgage foreclosures, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1] (introduced 5/13/2011) Cosponsors (1) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/21/2011 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote .

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H.R.1928 : Women's Fair and Equal Right to Military Service Act. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to repeal the ground combat exclusion policy for female members of the Armed Forces.

Sponsor: Rep Sanchez, Loretta [CA-47] (introduced 5/13/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 6/24/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.1941 : Hiring Heroes Act of 2011. A bill to improve the provision of Federal transition, rehabilitation, vocational, and unemployment benefits to members of the Armed Forces and veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Bishop, Sanford D.[GA-2] (introduced 5/23/2011) Cosponsors (70) Related Bills: S.951 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Armed Services; House Oversight and Government Reform Latest Major Action: 7/15/2011 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee Hearings Held.

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H.R.1968 : Cold War Service Medal Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for the award of a military service medal to members of the Armed Forces who served honorably during the Cold War, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Israel, Steve [NY-2] (introduced 5/24/2011) Cosponsors (19) Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 6/24/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.1979 : Chapter 61 CRDP + SBP/DIC Offset + Reserve Retired Pay: A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to expand eligibility for concurrent receipt of military retired pay and veterans' disability compensation to include additional chapter 61 disability retirees, to coordinate eligibility for combat-related special compensation and concurrent receipt, to eliminate the reduction of SBP survivor annuities by dependency and indemnity compensation, and to enhance the ability of members of the reserve components who serve on active duty or perform active service to receive credit for such service in determining eligibility for early receipt of non-regular service retired pay.

Sponsor: Rep Andrews, Robert E. [NJ-1] (introduced 5/25/2011) Cosponsors (1) Committees: House Armed Services; House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 6/24/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.2002 : Post 9/11 Educational Assistance Transfer. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to permit disabled or injured members of the Armed Forces to transfer Post 9/11 Educational Assistance benefits after retirement, and for other purposes. 26

Sponsor: Rep Chaffetz, Jason [UT-3] (introduced 5/26/2011) Cosponsors (3) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 6/24/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

H.R.2026 : Services, Education, and Rehabilitation for Veterans Act. A bill to provide grants to establish veteran's treatment courts.

Sponsor: Rep Cicilline, David N. [RI-1] (introduced 5/26/2011) Cosponsors (18) Committees: House Judiciary Latest Major Action: 8/25/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

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H.R.2046 : Vet Discharge Transitional Services. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to ensure that members of the Armed Forces who are being separated from active duty receive comprehensive employment assistance, job training assistance, and other transitional services.

Sponsor: Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-15] (introduced 5/26/2011) Cosponsors (8) Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 6/24/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.2048 : Vet Private Cemetery Headstones. A bill to expand the eligibility for the provision of Government headstones, markers, and medallions for veterans buried at private cemeteries.

Sponsor: Rep Ryan, Tim [OH-17] (introduced 5/26/2011) Cosponsors (2) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 6/24/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.2051 : Veterans Missing in America Act of 2011. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to assist in the identification of unclaimed and abandoned human remains to determine if any such remains are eligible for burial in a national cemetery, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Tiberi, Patrick J. [OH-12] (introduced 5/26/2011) Cosponsors (46) Related Bills: S.2244 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/29/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee Hearings Held.

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H.R.2052 : Fort McClellan Health Registry Act. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a registry of certain veterans who were stationed at Fort McClellan, Alabama, and for other purposes. 27

Sponsor: Rep Tonko, Paul [NY-21] (introduced 5/26/2011) 6534 Cosponsors (27) Related Bills: H.R. Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 6/24/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee

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H.R.2053 : Veterans' Disability Claims Efficiency Act of 2011. To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the efficiency of processing certain claims for disability compensation by veterans.

Sponsor: Rep Walz, Timothy J. [MN-1] (introduced 5/26/2011) Cosponsors (5) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 6/3/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.2055 : Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012.

Sponsor: Rep Culberson, John Abney [TX-7] (introduced 5/31/2011) Cosponsors (None) Related Bills: H.RES.288 Committees: House Appropriations; Senate Appropriations House Reports: 112-94; Senate Reports: 112-29; Latest Conference Report: 112-331 (in Congressional Record H9004-9428, H9433-9797) Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 112-74 [GPO: Text, PDF]

Note: The measure is the vehicle for making appropriations for most federal government operations for the remainder of FY2012.

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H.R.2070 : World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2011. A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to install in the area of the World War II Memorial in the District of Columbia a suitable plaque or an inscription with the words that President Franklin D. Roosevelt prayed with the nation on June 6, 1944, the morning of D-Day.

Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Bill [OH-6] (introduced 6/1/2011) Cosponsors (57) Committees: House Natural Resources; Senate Energy and Natural Resources House Reports: 112-368 Latest Major Action: 1/26/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

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H.R.2074 : Veterans Sexual Assault Prevention & Health Care Enhancement Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to require a comprehensive policy on reporting and tracking sexual assault incidents and other safety incidents that occur at medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sponsor: Rep Buerkle, Ann Marie [NY-25] (introduced 6/1/2011) Cosponsors (7) Related Bills: S.1689 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs House Reports: 112-235 Latest Major Action: 10/11/2011 Passed/agreed to in House. Status: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. Latest Action: 10/11/2011 The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection. 28

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H.R.2115 : Filipino Veterans of World War II Family Reunification Act. A bill to exempt children of certain Filipino World War II veterans from the numerical limitations on immigrant visas.

Sponsor: Rep Hirono, Mazie K. [HI-2] (introduced 6/3/2011) Cosponsors (11) Related Bill: H.R.2116 & S.1141 Committees: House Judiciary Latest Major Action: 7/11/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement.

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H.R.2116 : Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act of 2011. To exempt children of certain Filipino World War II veterans from the numerical limitations on immigrant visas and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Hirono, Mazie K. [HI-2] (introduced 6/3/2011) Cosponsors (1) Related Bill: H.R.2115 & S.1141 Committees: House Judiciary Latest Major Action: 7/11/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement.

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H.R.2148 : Disabled Veterans Commissary and Exchange Store Benefits Act. A bill to To amend title 10, United States Code, to extend military commissary and exchange store privileges to veterans with a compensable service-connected disability and to their dependents.

Sponsor: Rep Burton, Dan [IN-5] (introduced 6/13/2011) Cosponsors (6) Related Bills: H.R.1178, H.R.6488 Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 6/24/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.2192 : National Guard and Reservist Debt Relief Extension Act of 2011. A bill to exempt for an additional 4-year period, from the application of the means-test presumption of abuse under chapter 7, qualifying members of reserve components of the Armed Forces and members of the National Guard who, after September 11, 2001, are called to active duty or to perform a homeland defense activity for not less than 90 days. Cosponsors (5) Committees: House Judiciary House Reports: 112-256 Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 112-64 [GPO: Text, PDF]

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H.R.2203 : Alaska Hero's Card Act of 2011. A bill to establish a pilot program under which veterans in the State of Alaska may receive health care benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs at non-Department medical facilities, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Young, Don [AK] (introduced 6/15/2011) Cosponsors (None) Related bill: S.1146 29

Latest Major Action: 6/24/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.2232 : AMRA Charter Amendment. A bill to amend title 36, United States Code, to grant a Federal charter to the American Military Retirees Association, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Rooney, Thomas J. [FL-16] (introduced 6/16/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 6/24/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.2243 : Veterans Employment Promotion Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Labor to publish on an Internet website certain information about the number of veterans who are employed by Federal contractors.

Sponsor: Rep McNerney, Jerry [CA-11] (introduced 6/21/2011) Cosponsors (1) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/28/2011 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote .

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H.R.2274 : Annual Post 9/11 VA EAP Report. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense to submit to Congress annual reports on the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-9] (introduced 6/22/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 7/21/2011 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by Voice Vote .

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H.R.2300 : VA Paralympic Team Allowance. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend the authorization of appropriations for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay a monthly assistance allowance to disabled veterans training or competing for the Paralympic Team.

Sponsor: Rep Stutzman, Marlin A. [IN-3] (introduced 6/22/2011) Cosponsors (None) Related Bills: H.R.2345 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/8/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

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H.R.2301 : Streamlining Education Claims Processing Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make payments to educational institutions under the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program at the end of a quarter, semester, or term, and for other purposes. 30

Sponsor: Rep Stutzman, Marlin A. [IN-3] (introduced 6/22/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/21/2011 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by Voice Vote .

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H.R.2302 : DVA Conference Congressional Notification. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to notify Congress of conferences sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sponsor: Rep Stutzman, Marlin A. [IN-3] (introduced 6/22/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; Senate Veterans' Affairs House Reports: 112-236 Latest Major Action: 10/12/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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H.R.2305 : Memorialize Our Guardsmen and Reservists Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to make memorial headstones and markers available for purchase on behalf of members of reserve components who performed inactive duty training or active duty for training but did not serve on active duty.

Sponsor: Rep Hayworth, Nan A. S. [NY-19] (introduced 6/23/2011) Cosponsors (8) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/8/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.2318 : Medal of Honor Stipend Increase Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to increase the amount of the Medal of Honor special pension provided under that title by up to $500.

Sponsor: Rep Sessions, Pete [TX-32] (introduced 6/23/2011) Cosponsors (19) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/8/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.2345 : VA Assistance to Paralympics, Inc. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend the authorization of appropriations for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay a monthly assistance allowance to disabled veterans training or competing for the Paralympic Team and the authorization of appropriations for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide assistance to United States Paralympics, Inc.

Sponsor: Rep Stutzman, Marlin A. [IN-3] (introduced 6/23/2011) Cosponsors (None) Related Bills: H.R.2300, S.3206, H.R.2300 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/21/2011 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote . 31

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H.R.2349 : Veterans' Benefits Training Improvement Act of 2011 . A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to annually assess the skills of certain employees and managers of the Veterans Benefits Administration, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Runyan, Jon [NJ-3] (introduced 6/24/2011) Cosponsors (1) Related Bills: H.R.1898, S.1707, & S.1847 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; Senate Veterans' Affairs House Reports: 112-241 Latest Major Action: 10/12/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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H.R.2369 : American Legion Charter Amendment. A bill to o amend title 36, United States Code, to provide for an additional power for the American Legion under its Federal charter.

Sponsor: Rep Altmire, Jason [PA-4] (introduced 6/24/2011) Cosponsors (432) Committees: House Judiciary House Reports: 112-313 Latest Major Action: 12/5/2011 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 212.

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H.R.2383 : Modernizing Notice to Claimants Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to use electronic communication to provide required notice to claimants for benefits under laws administered by the Secretary, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Bill [OH-6] (introduced 6/24/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/28/2011 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by Voice Vote .

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H.R.2388 : Access to Timely Information Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the submission of information by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to Congress.

Sponsor: Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1] (introduced 6/24/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/28/2011 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote .

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H.R.2403 : National Guard Outreach Act. A bill to authorize the Secretary of Defense to provide assistance to State National Guards to provide counseling and reintegration services for members of reserve components of the Armed Forces ordered to active duty in support of a contingency operation, members returning from such active duty, veterans of the Armed Forces, and their families.

Sponsor: Rep Welch, Peter [VT] (introduced 6/24/2011) Cosponsors (2) Committees: House Armed Services 32

Latest Major Action: 7/19/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.2419 : COMBAT PTSD Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the meaning of "combat with the enemy" for purposes of service-connection of disabilities.

Sponsor: Rep Connolly, Gerald E. "Gerry" [VA-11] (introduced 7/6/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/15/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.2433 : Veterans Opportunity to Work Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the laws relating to the employment and training of veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1] (introduced 7/7/2011) Cosponsors (31) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Armed Services; Senate Veterans' Affairs House Reports: 112-242 Part 1 Latest Major Action: 10/13/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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H.R.2443 : Tax Credit to Hire Veterans Act of 2011. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the limitation on expensing certain depreciable assets for certain businesses that hire veterans.

Sponsor: Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1] (introduced 7/7/2011) Cosponsors (11) Committees: House Ways and Means Latest Major Action: 7/7/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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H.R.2470 : E-SERV Act. A bill to improve the electronic health information systems and capabilities of the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sponsor: Rep Donnelly, Joe [IN-2] (introduced 7/8/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Armed Services; House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 8/15/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.2477 : VA Distinguished Public Service Medal. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to establish a Department of Veterans Affair

s Medal for Distinguished Public Service to honor veterans who make remarkable and distinguished contributions to their communities.

Sponsor: Rep McIntyre, Mike [NC-7] (introduced 7/8/2011) Cosponsors (11) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs 33

Latest Major Action: 7/15/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.2498 : Veterans Day Moment of Silence Act. A bill to amend title 36, United States Code, to encourage the nationwide observance of two minutes of silence each Veterans Day.

Sponsor: Rep Frank, Barney [MA-4] (introduced 7/12/2011) Cosponsors (13) Related Bills: S.1348 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/29/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee Hearings Held.

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H.R.2530 : State Nursing Home Reimbursement Rates. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for increased flexibility in establishing rates for reimbursement of State homes by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for nursing home care provided to veterans.

Sponsor: Rep Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2] (introduced 7/14/2011) Cosponsors (50) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/28/2011 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote .

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H.R.2550 : Spouses of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the transfer of entitlement to educational assistance under the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs by deceased members of the Armed Forces.

Sponsor: Rep Boren, Dan [OK-2] (introduced 7/15/2011) Cosponsors (1) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/29/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

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H.R.2559 : Helping Homeless Heroes Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs relating to homeless veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Deutch, Theodore E. [FL-19] (introduced 7/15/2011) Cosponsors (33) Related Bills: 5830 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/29/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.2563 : KWVM Wall of Remembrance. A bill to authorize a Wall of Remembrance as part of the Korean War Veterans Memorial and to allow certain private contributions to fund that Wall of Remembrance. 34

Sponsor: Rep Hall, Ralph M. [TX-4] (introduced 7/15/2011) Cosponsors (46) Committees: House Natural Resources Latest Major Action: 10/4/2011 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee Hearings Held.

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H.R.2634 : Victims of Agent Orange Relief Act of 2011. A bill to direct the Secretary of State to provide assistance for certain individuals affected by exposure to Agent Orange and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enhance the availability of medical care for descendants of veterans of the Vietnam era, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] (introduced 7/25/2011) Cosponsors (14) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Foreign Affairs; House Energy and Commerce Latest Major Action: 10/25/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

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H.R.2654 : Don't Default on Military Families Act. A bill to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide servicemembers increased protection during a funding gap.

Sponsor: Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] (introduced 7/26/2011) Cosponsors (1) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/29/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

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H.R.2717 : American World War II City. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to designate one city in the United States each year as an "American World War II City", and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep McIntyre, Mike [NC-7] (introduced 8/1/2011) Cosponsors (65) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/29/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee Hearings Held.

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H.R.2720 : VA Veteran Internment Role. A bill to clarify the role of the Department of Veterans Affairs in providing a benefit or service related to the interment or funeral of a veteran, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Culberson, John Abney [TX-7] (introduced 8/1/2011)

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H.R.2733 : National Guard BAH. A bill to amend title 37, United States Code, to ensure that the basic allowance for housing in effect for a member of the National Guard is not reduced when the member transitions between active duty and full-time National Guard duty without a break in active service.

Sponsor: Rep Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [GU] (introduced 8/1/2011) Cosponsors (2) Related Bills: S.1579 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 6/6/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee Hearings Held. 35

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H.R.2751 : Joining Forces for Military Mental Health Act. A bill to authorize a pilot program on enhancements of Department of Defense efforts on mental health in the National Guard and Reserves through community partnerships, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Israel, Steve [NY-2] (introduced 8/1/2011) S.1465 Cosponsors (17) Related Bills: Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 9/20/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.2826 : Combat Veterans Back to Work Act of 2011. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an exemption from employer social security taxes with respect to service members and veterans, and to provide a business credit for the retention of such individuals for at least 1 year.

Sponsor: Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1] (introduced 8/26/2011) Cosponsors (2) Committees: House Ways and Means Latest Major Action: 8/26/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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H.R.2848 : Veterans' Religious Freedom Act. A bill to provide for certain requirements of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs relating to funeral and memorial services for deceased veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] (introduced 9/7/2011) Cosponsors (12) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 9/12/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.2875 : Wounded Veteran Job Security Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the reemployment of certain persons following absences from a position employment for the purpose of obtaining medical treatment for certain injuries and illnesses, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Doggett, Lloyd [TX-25] (introduced 9/9/2011) Cosponsors (28) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 9/13/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

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H.R.2888 : Help Veterans Own Franchises Act. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow credits for the establishment of franchises with veterans.

Sponsor: Rep Schock, Aaron [IL-18] (introduced 9/12/2011) Cosponsors (24) Related Bills: S.1540 Committees: House Ways and Means Latest Major Action: 9/12/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. 36

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H.R.2965 : VA Infection Control Penalties. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for penalties for employees of the Veterans Health Administration who intentionally fail to follow infection control practices.

Sponsor: Rep Turner, Michael R. [OH-3] (introduced 9/19/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Judiciary Latest Major Action: 9/23/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

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H.R.2985 : Veteran's I.D. Card Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to issue, upon request, veteran identification cards to certain veterans.

Sponsor: Rep Akin, W. Todd [R-MO-2] (introduced 9/21/2011) Cosponsors (77) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 6/20/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee Hearings Held.

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H.R.2995 : Post 9-11 GI Jobs Act of 2011. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax incentives for hiring post 9-11 veterans.

Sponsor: Rep Keating, William R. [MA-10] (introduced 9/21/2011) Cosponsors (1) Committees: House Ways and Means Latest Major Action: 9/21/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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H.R.2996 : Gulf War Syndrome `Presumptive Illness' Extension Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend the period of time in which the Secretary of Veterans Affairs presumes the service-connection of certain disabilities of veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Kissell, Larry [NC-8] (introduced 9/21/2011) Cosponsors (7) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 6/6/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee Hearings Held.

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H.R.3016 : Federal Recovery Coordination Program. A bill to direct the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to jointly operate the Federal Recovery Coordination Program, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Barrow, John [GA-12] (introduced 9/22/2011) Cosponsors (1) Committees: House Armed Services; House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/16/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee Hearings Held. 37

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H.R.3167 : VET Act of 2011. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a program under which certain veterans entitled to educational assistance under the laws administered by the Secretary can use such entitlement to start or purchase a qualifying business enterprise, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Fortenberry, Jeff [NE-1] (introduced 10/12/2011) Cosponsors (11) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Small Business; House Agriculture Latest Major Action: 10/25/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

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H.R.3192 : VA Cemetery Internment Eligibility. To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to inter in national cemeteries individuals who supported the United States in Laos during the Vietnam War era.

Sponsor: Rep Costa, Jim [CA-20] (introduced 10/13/2011) Cosponsors (32) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 10/25/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.3245 : Efficient Service for Veterans Act. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense to jointly ensure that the Vet Centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs have access to the Defense Personnel Record Image Retrieval system and the Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense Identity Repository system.

Sponsor: Rep Denham, Jeff [CA-19] (introduced 10/24/2011) Cosponsors (10) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 4/16/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee Hearings Held.

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H.R.3277 : VA Home Loan Expansion. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve and make permanent the Department of Veterans Affairs loan guarantee for the purchase of residential cooperative housing units, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14] (introduced 10/27/2011) Cosponsors (6) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 10/28/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

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H.R.3293 : The Military Service Identification Card. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Defense (and the Secretary of Homeland Security in the case of the Coast Guard) to issue, at no cost to the United States, a military service identification card to persons who served in the Armed Forces.

Sponsor: Rep Bass, Charles F. [NH-2] (introduced 11/1/2011) Cosponsors (1) Committees: House Armed Services 38

Latest Major Action: 12/8/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.3337 : Open Burn Pit Registry Act of 2011. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish an open burn pit registry to ensure that members of the Armed Forces who may have been exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes caused by open burn pits while deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq receive information regarding such exposure, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Akin, W. Todd [MO-2] (introduced 11/3/2011) Cosponsors (81) Related Bills: S.1798 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 6/29/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by Voice Vote .

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H.R.3340 : Help Inspire and Retrain our Exceptional Veterans Act of 2011. A bill to direct the Secretary of Commerce to establish a grant program to provide veterans with apprenticeships and career advice.

Sponsor: Rep Bilbray, Brian P. [CA-50] (introduced 11/3/2011) Cosponsors (4) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 11/10/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

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H.R.3349 : National Guard and Reserve Equality in Education Act. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to recognize the distance education program developed by the Department of Defense to provide advanced joint professional military education through a combination of non-resident and resident instruction as equivalent to the joint professional military education phase II program consisting of exclusively of resident instruction.

Sponsor: Rep Griffin, Tim [AR-2] (introduced 11/3/2011) Cosponsors (2) Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 12/8/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.3350 : Veterans Travel Benefits Modernization Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the waiver period with respect to a deductible made by a veteran for certain travel costs necessary to receive treatment at facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sponsor: Rep Griffin, Tim [AR-2] (introduced 11/3/2011) Cosponsors (1) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 11/10/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.3351 : Franchise Education for Veterans Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to allow certain veterans to use educational assistance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs for franchise training.

Sponsor: Rep Griffin, Tim [AR-2] (introduced 11/3/2011) Cosponsors (3) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 12/8/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.3352 : Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow taxpayers to designate overpayments of tax as contributions to the homeless veterans assistance fund.

Sponsor: Rep Israel, Steve [NY-2] (introduced 11/3/2011) Cosponsors (24) Related Bills: H.R.136, S.1806 Committees: House Ways and Means; House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 11/10/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.3355 : Heroes Hiring Heroes Act of 2011. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a grant program to assist veterans find employment, to make permanent and modify the work opportunity tax credit with respect to unemployed veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Lujan, Ben Ray [NM-3] (introduced 11/3/2011) Cosponsors (1) Committees: House Ways and Means; House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 11/14/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

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H.R.3369 : TBI Rural Pilot Program. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program on the provision of traumatic brain injury care in rural areas.

Sponsor: Rep Capito, Shelley Moore [WV-2] (introduced 11/4/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 11/14/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.3384 : Wounded Warriors Employment Opportunity Act of 2011. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a tax credit for the employment of wounded warriors.

Sponsor: Rep Heinrich, Martin [NM-1] (introduced 11/4/2011) Cosponsors (1) Related Bills: H.R.3402 Committees: House Ways and Means Latest Major Action: 11/4/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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H.R.3390 : Southern New Mexico and El Paso, Texas, Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury Care Improvement Act of 2011. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress a report on the feasibility and advisability of establishing a polytrauma rehabilitation center or polytrauma network site of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Fort Bayard, New Mexico, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Pearce, Stevan [NM-2] (introduced 11/4/2011) Cosponsors (2) Related Bills S.1272 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 11/14/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.3402 : Hiring Our Veterans Act of 2011. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a credit for employing returning heroes and wounded warriors.

Sponsor: Rep Schwartz, Allyson Y. [PA-13] (introduced 11/10/2011) Cosponsors (41) Related bills: H.R.3384 Committees: House Ways and Means Latest Major Action: 11/10/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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H.R.3447 : Veterans' Education Protection Act. A bill to require proprietary institutions of higher education to derive not less than 10 percent of such institutions' revenues from sources other than veterans' education benefits or funds provided under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Sponsor: Rep Quigley, Mike [IL-5] (introduced 11/16/2011) Cosponsors (None) Related Bills: H.R.3764 Committees: House Education and the Workforce Latest Major Action: 3/29/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training.

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H.R.3462 : Post-9/11 EAP Tuition Payments. A bill to o require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make tuition payments for veterans enrolled in institutions of higher learning who are receiving assistance under the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program by not later than the tuition due date for the quarter, semester, or term.

Sponsor: Rep Clarke, Hansen [MI-13] (introduced 11/17/2011) Cosponsors (17) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 12/6/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

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H.R.3473 : Mobilizing Opportunities for Veterans Employment Act of 2011. A bill to provide employment opportunities for veterans in transportation construction projects, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Rahall, Nick J., II [WV-3] (introduced 11/18/2011) Cosponsors (6) Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure Latest Major Action: 11/21/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. 41

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H.R.3483 : Veterans Education Equity Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide equity for tuition and fees for individuals entitled to educational assistance under the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs who are pursuing programs of education at institutions of higher learning, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep Butterfield, G. K. [NC-1] (introduced 11/18/2011)

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H.R.3500 : Flathead National Forest Jesus Christ Cross. A bill to provide for the conveyance of a small parcel of National Forest System land in the Flathead National Forest in the State of Montana containing a World War II memorial to the Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Sponsor: Rep Rehberg, Denny [MT] (introduced 11/18/2011) Cosponsors (1) Committees: House Natural Resources Latest Major Action: 11/29/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands.

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H.R.3520 : Keeping Our Promises Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to ensure that the retired pay benefits promised a person when they join the Armed Forces are not reduced.

Sponsor: Rep Young, Don [AK] (introduced 11/29/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 2/7/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.3524 : Disabled Veterans Employment Protection Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide certain rights for persons who receive treatment for illnesses, injuries, and disabilities incurred in or aggravated by service in the uniformed services, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1] (introduced 11/30/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 6/28/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by Voice Vote .

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H.R.3546 : Senior Veterans Housing Assistance Act of 2011. A bill to allow an occupancy preference for veterans in housing projects developed on property of the Department of Veterans Affairs with assistance provided under the Department of Housing and Urban Development program for supportive housing for very low-income elderly persons.

Sponsor: Rep Turner, Michael R. [OH-3] (introduced 12/1/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Financial Services Latest Major Action: 1/12/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity. 42

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H.R.3612 : Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Gibson, Christopher P. [NY-20] (introduced 12/8/2011) Cosponsors (126) Related Bills: S.1629 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 12/8/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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H.R.3712 : Batan Defenders Congressional Gold Medal. A bill to grant the Congressional Gold Medal to the troops who defended Bataan during World War II.

Sponsor: Rep Heinrich, Martin [NM-1] (introduced 12/16/2011) Cosponsors (12) Committees: House Financial Services; House Administration Latest Major Action: 1/12/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology.

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H.R.3723 : Enhanced Veteran Healthcare Experience Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into contracts with health care providers to improve access to health care for veterans who have difficulty receiving treatment at a health care facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Schilling, Robert T. [IL-17] (introduced 12/16/2011) Cosponsors (7) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/16/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee Hearings Held.

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H.R.3730 : Veterans Data Breach Timely Notification Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide notice to individuals whose sensitive personal information is involved in a data breach, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Donnelly, Joe [IN-2] (introduced 12/19/2011) Cosponsors (1) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 6/27/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by Voice Vote .

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H.R.3758 : Social Security Safety Dividend Act. A bill to ensure that seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities who receive Social Security and certain other Federal benefits receive a $250 payment in the event that no cost-of-living adjustment is payable in a calendar year.

Sponsor: Rep Richardson, Laura [CA-37] (introduced 12/20/2011) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Ways and Means; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Veterans' Affairs 43

Latest Major Action: 1/3/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.3764 : Ensuring Quality Education for Veterans Act. A bill to revise the 90-10 rule under the Higher Education Act of 1965 to count veterans' education benefits under such rule, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Waters, Maxine [CA-35] (introduced 12/20/2011) Cosponsors (2) Related bills: H.R.3447, S.2032 Committees: House Education and the Workforce; House Armed Services; House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/29/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training.

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H.R.3767 : Gold Medal. A bill to grant the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the First Special Service Force, in recognition of its superior service during World War II.

Sponsor: Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1] (introduced 12/23/2011) Cosponsors (102) Related Bills S.1460 Committees: House Financial Services; House Administration Latest Major Action: 1/12/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology.

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H.R.3823 : Adjusted Residency for Military Service Act. A bill to authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain aliens who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Rivera, David [FL-25] (introduced 1/24/2012) Cosponsors (1) Related Bills S.952 Committees: House Judiciary; House Ways and Means; House Armed Services; House Homeland Security Latest Major Action: 2/23/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.3895 : Protect VA Healthcare Act of 2012. A bill to amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to clarify that all veterans programs are exempt from sequestration.

Sponsor: Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1] (introduced 2/3/2012) Cosponsors (43) Committees: House Budget Latest Major Action: 2/3/2012 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Budget.

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H.R.3905 : Veterans Gardens Employment and Opportunity Act. A bill to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to award grants for the establishment of veterans gardens that are operated by veterans and designed to produce food that can be sold to individuals, schools, and restaurants.

Sponsor: Rep Baca, Joe [CA-43] (introduced 2/6/2012) Cosponsors (6) Committees: House Agriculture 44

Latest Major Action: 2/6/2012 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

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H.R.3981 : Honor Act. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to expand the authority of the Secretary of the Army to loan or donate excess small arms to certain eligible organizations for funeral and other ceremonial purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Kline, John [MN-2] (introduced 2/8/2012) Cosponsors (23) Related Bills: S.2089 Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 2/23/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.4042 : Veterans Access to Care Act. A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to designate certain medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs as health professional shortage areas, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1] (introduced 2/15/2012) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Energy and Commerce Latest Major Action: 2/15/2012 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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H.R.4048 : Improving Contracting Opportunities for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Act of 2012. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the contracting goals and preferences of the Department of Veterans Affairs with respect to small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans.

Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Bill [OH-6] (introduced 2/16/2012) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/28/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by Voice Vote .

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H.R.4051 : TAP Modernization Act of 2012. A bill to direct the Secretary of Labor to provide off-base transition training, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Stutzman, Marlin A. [IN-3] (introduced 2/16/2012) . Cosponsors (7) Related Bills: S.3555 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 3/28/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote .

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H.R.4055 : Military and Veterans Education Protection Act. A bill to count revenues from military and veteran education programs toward the limit on Federal revenues that certain proprietary institutions of higher education are allowed to receive for purposes of section 487 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and for other purposes. 45

Sponsor: Rep Speier, Jackie [CA-12] (introduced 2/16/2012) Cosponsors (32) Related Bills: S.2116 Committees: House Education and the Workforce; House Armed Services; House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/29/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training.

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H.R.4072 : Consolidating Veteran Employment Services for Improved Performance Act of 2012. To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve employment services for veterans by consolidating various programs in the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1] (introduced 2/17/2012) Cosponsors (4) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Budget Latest Major Action: 4/27/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.

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H.R.4079 : Safe Housing for Homeless Veterans Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to require recipients of grants and other assistance from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the provision of housing and other services for homeless veterans to comply with codes relevant to operations and level of care provided, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep McKinley, David B. [WV-1] (introduced 2/17/2012) Cosponsors (3) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 6/29/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.

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H.R.4114 : Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2012. A bill to increase, effective as of December 1, 2012, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Runyan, Jon [NJ-3] (introduced 2/29/2012) Cosponsors (13) Related bills: H.R.1407, S.894 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; Senate Veterans' Affairs House Reports: 112-486 Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 112-198 [GPO: Text, PDF]

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H.R.4115 : Helping Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Return to Employment at Home Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to require, as a condition on the receipt by a State of certain funds for veterans employment and training, that the State ensures that training received by a veteran while on active duty is taken into consideration in granting certain State certifications or licenses, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Stivers, Steve [OH-15] (introduced 2/29/2012) Cosponsors (27) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 6/28/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote . 46

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H.R.4124 : Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2012. A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide grants to States to streamline State requirements and procedures for veterans with military emergency medical training to become civilian emergency medical technicians.

Sponsor: Rep Kinzinger, Adam [IL-11] (introduced 3/1/2012) Cosponsors (35) Committees: House Energy and Commerce; Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Latest Major Action: 9/20/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

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H.R.4140 : Restore the Promise GI Bill. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to eliminate the time limitation for use of eligibility and entitlement to educational assistance under the Montgomery GI Bill.

Sponsor: Rep Murphy, Christopher S. [CT-5] (introduced 3/5/2012) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 3/21/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.4142 : American Heroes COLA Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for annual cost-of-living adjustments to be made automatically by law each year in the rates of disability compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors of certain service-connected disabled veterans.

Sponsor: Rep Runyan, Jon [NJ-3] (introduced 3/5/2012) Cosponsors (6) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/18/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by Voice Vote .

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H.R.4155 : Veteran Skills to Jobs Act. A bill to direct the head of each Federal department and agency to treat relevant military training as sufficient to satisfy training or certification requirements for Federal licenses.

Sponsor: Rep Denham, Jeff [CA-19] (introduced 3/7/2012) Cosponsors (23) Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform House Reports: 112-585 Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 112-147 [GPO: Text, PDF]

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H.R.4164 : Space-Available Act of 2012. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize space-available travel on military aircraft for members of the reserve components, a member or former member of a reserve component who is eligible for retired pay but for age, widows and widowers of retired members, and dependents.

Sponsor: Rep Young, Don [AK] (introduced 3/7/2012) Cosponsors (26) Related bills: S.2112 Committees: House Armed Services 47

Latest Major Action: 3/23/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Readiness.

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H.R.4168 : Caring for the Fallen Act. A bill to direct the American Battle Monuments Commission to provide for the ongoing maintenance of Clark Veterans Cemetery in the Philippines.

Sponsor: Rep Guinta, Frank C. [NH-1] (introduced 3/8/2012) Cosponsors (12) Related Bills: S.2320 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/29/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee Hearings Held.

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H.R.4177 : Citizen Soldier Equality Act of 2012. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to provide equity between regular and reserve component members of the Armed Forces in the computation of disability retired pay for members wounded in action.

Sponsor: Rep Schilling, Robert T. [IL-17] (introduced 3/8/2012) Cosponsors (3) Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 3/23/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.4245 : Veterans Co-Pay Fairness Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to reimburse eligible veterans who are entitled to Medicare benefits for Medicare deductibles and other expenses that are owed by the veterans for emergency medical treatment provided in non-Department of Veterans Affairs facilities.

Sponsor: Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] (introduced 3/22/2012) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/30/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.4246 : VA Enrollment Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the expansion of eligibility for veteran reimbursement for emergency treatment provided in non-Department of Veterans Affairs facilities.

Sponsor: Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] (introduced 3/22/2012) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/30/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.4279 : Veteran Self Relief Act of 2012. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to waive the 10 percent early distribution penalty with respect to withdrawals by unemployed veterans from certain retirement accounts.

Sponsor: Rep Young, Todd C. [IN-9] (introduced 3/28/2012) Cosponsors (4) Committees: House Ways and Means Latest Major Action: 3/28/2012 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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H.R.4287 : Homeless Vets Benefits. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to expand the definition of homeless veteran for purposes of benefits under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Sponsor: Rep Hahn, Janice [CA-36] (introduced 3/28/2012) Cosponsors (73) Related Bill: S.3049 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/28/2012 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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H.R.4299 : Quality Housing for Veterans Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide specially adapted housing assistance to individuals residing temporarily in housing owned by a family member.

Sponsor: Rep McNerney, Jerry [CA-11] (introduced 3/29/2012) Cosponsors (1) Related Bills: H.R.1671 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 6/6/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee Hearings Held.

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H.R.4300 : Veterans Work Study Opportunities Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to make permanent the authority to provide work-study allowance for certain activities by individuals receiving educational assistance by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Sponsor: Rep McNerney, Jerry [CA-11] (introduced 3/29/2012) Cosponsors (1) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/10/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

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H.R.4310 : National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. A bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2013 for military activities of the Department of Defense, to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2013, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep McKeon, Howard P. "Buck" [CA-25] (by request) (introduced 3/29/2012) Cosponsors (1) Committees: House Armed Services; Senate Armed Services House Reports: 112-479, 112-479 Part 2; Latest Conference Report: 112-705 (in Congressional Record H6869-7263) Latest Major Action: 12/21/2012 Conference report agreed to in Senate. Status: Senate agreed to 49

conference report by Yea-Nay Vote. 81 - 14. Record Vote Number: 229. Latest Action: 12/21/2012 Message on Senate action sent to the House.

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H.R.4315 : Combat Vet Mental Health Eligibility. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for unlimited eligibility for health care for mental illnesses for veterans of combat service during certain periods of hostilities and war.

Sponsor: Rep Carnahan, Russ [MO-3] (introduced 3/29/2012) Cosponsors (16) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/10/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.4327 : Tinnitus Research and Treatment Act of 2012. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to recognize tinnitus as a mandatory condition for research and treatment by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2] (introduced 3/29/2012) Cosponsors (9) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/10/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.4371 : Fairness for World War II and Korean War Spouses Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve pensions for surviving spouses of World War II and Korean War veterans.

Sponsor: Rep Baca, Joe [CA-43] (introduced 4/17/2012) Cosponsors (1) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/23/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.4481 : Veterans Affairs Employee Accountability Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to ensure that Department of Veterans Affairs employees who violate certain civil laws do not receive bonuses.

Sponsor: Rep Roe, David P. [TN-1] (introduced 4/24/2012) Cosponsors (4) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 6/27/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by Voice Vote .

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H.R.4482 : Vet Permanent Home Loan Guaranty. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to make permanent home loan guaranty programs for veterans regarding adjustable rate mortgages and hybrid adjustable rate mortgages.

Sponsor: Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1] (introduced 4/24/2012) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs 50

Latest Major Action: 4/27/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Ordered to be Reported by Voice Vote.

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H.R.4740 : Fairness for Military Homeowners Act of 2012. A bill to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to ensure that relocation of a servicemember to serve on active duty away from the servicemember's principal residence does not prevent the servicemember from refinancing a mortgage on that principal residence.

Sponsor: Rep Hunter, Duncan D. [CA-52] (introduced 4/25/2012) Cosponsors (11) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 6/28/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by Voice Vote .

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H.R.4869 : Armed Forces Breast Cancer Research Act of 2012. A bill to direct the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to jointly conduct a study on the incidence of breast cancer among members of the Armed Forces and veterans.

Sponsor: Rep Boswell, Leonard L. [IA-3] (introduced 4/26/2012) Cosponsors (1) Committees: House Armed Services; House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/10/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.4978 : SGLI Traumatic Injury Coverage. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to remove the maximum payment amount for certain qualified losses under the Traumatic Injury Protection under the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance program.

Sponsor: Rep Baca, Joe [CA-43] (introduced 4/27/2012) Cosponsors (2) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 5/11/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.5044 : Andrew P. Carpenter Tax Act. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income any discharge of indebtedness income on education loans of deceased veterans.

Sponsor: Rep DesJarlais, Scott [TN-4] (introduced 4/27/2012) Cosponsors (23) Committees: House Ways and Means; Senate Finance Latest Major Action: 9/20/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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H.R.5653 : Make Our Veterans Smile Act of 2012. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide dental care to veterans awarded the Purple Heart, and for other purposes. 51

Sponsor: Rep Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2] (introduced 5/9/2012) Cosponsors (1) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 5/9/2012 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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H.R.5707: Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act of 2012. A bill to amend part B of title XVIII of the Social Security Act to reform Medicare payment for physicians' services by eliminating the sustainable growth rate system and providing incentives for the adoption of innovative payment and delivery models to improve quality and efficiency.

Sponsor: Rep Schwartz, Allyson Y. [PA-13] (introduced 5/9/2012) Cosponsors (28) Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Budget Latest Major Action: 5/21/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.5735 : Arlington Tomb of Remembrance. A bill to provide for the establishment of a Tomb of Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery for interment of cremated fragments of the remains of members of the Armed Forces killed in Afghanistan, Iraq, or a subsequent conflict when the fragments are unidentifiable by use of DNA testing or other means because of the condition of the fragments, are unclaimed, or are identified and authorized by the person designated to direct disposition of the remains for internment in such memorial.

Sponsor: Rep Stivers, Steve [OH-15] (introduced 5/10/2012) Cosponsors (2) Committees: House Armed Services; House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/10/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.5747 : Military Family Home Protection Act. A bill to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to improve the protections for servicemembers against mortgage foreclosures, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [MD-7] (introduced 5/15/2012) Cosponsors (13) Related Bills: S.3323, H.R.4310 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/11/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.

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H.R.5830 : Housing for Heroes Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to enable certain non-profit organizations that serve homeless veterans to participate in the Grants and Per Diem Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide transitional housing or other facilities for homeless veterans.

Sponsor: Rep Reichert, David G. [WA-8] (introduced 5/18/2012) Cosponsors (8) Related Bills: H.R.2559, S.914, S.1148 52

Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 5/29/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.5833 : Veterans Burial Benefits Improvement Act of 2012. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to increase burial benefits for veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Berkley, Shelley [NV-1] (introduced 5/18/2012) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 6/1/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.5835 : Veterans Access to Capital Act of 2012. A bill to amend the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to provide for additional loan programs for veteran-owned small businesses, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Boswell, Leonard L. [IA-3] (introduced 5/18/2012) Cosponsors (1) Committees: House Small Business Latest Major Action: 5/18/2012 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.

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H.R.5852 : Vet Spouse/Widow Employment Preference. A bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide that spouses and widows or widowers of certain veterans and members of the armed forces receive preference with respect to employment in the competitive service, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10] (introduced 5/18/2012) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform Latest Major Action: 5/18/2012 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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H.R.5854 : Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013. MA bill for making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Culberson, John Abney [TX-7] (introduced 5/23/2012) Cosponsors (None) Related Bills: H.R.2055, H.R.3671, S.3215 Committees: House Appropriations House Reports: 112-491 Latest Major Action: 6/5/2012 Received in the Senate. Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 421.

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H.R.5861 : Elderly Homeless Vet Grants. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to establish a grant pilot program to provide housing to elderly homeless veterans.

Sponsor: Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] (introduced 5/30/2012) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Financial Services; House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/11/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity.

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H.R.5880 : Veterans Disability Examination Access Improvement Act. A bill to extend the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into contracts with private physicians to conduct medical disability examinations.

Sponsor: Rep Runyan, Jon [NJ-3] (introduced 5/31/2012) Cosponsors (None) Related Bills: H.R.3219 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 6/27/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by Voice Vote .

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H.R.5881 : Access to Veterans Benefits Improvement Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide certain employees of Members of Congress and certain employees of local governmental agencies with access to case-tracking information of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sponsor: Rep Runyan, Jon [NJ-3] (introduced 5/31/2012) Cosponsors (2) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 6/27/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by Voice Vote .

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H.R.5903 : KDSM Recipients War Veteran Classification. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to treat recipients of the Korea Defense Service Medal as war veterans for purposes of determining whether contributions to posts and organizations of war veterans are charitable contributions.

Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Sam [TX-3] (introduced 6/6/2012) Cosponsors (8) Committees: House Ways and Means Latest Major Action: 6/6/2012 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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H.R.5914 : National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial Act. A bill to authorize the National Desert Storm Memorial Association to establish the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial as a commemorative work in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Roe, David P. [TN-1] (introduced 6/7/2012) Cosponsors (27) Committees: House Natural Resources Latest Major Action: 6/13/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands.

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H.R.5948 : Veterans Fiduciary Reform Act of 2012. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the supervision of fiduciaries of veterans under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Bill [OH-6] (introduced 6/12/2012) Cosponsors (9) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; Senate Veterans' Affairs House Reports: 112-678 Latest Major Action: 9/20/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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H.R.5999 : Housing for Blinded Veterans Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide specially adapted housing assistance to blind veterans.

Sponsor: Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1] (introduced 6/21/2012) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/6/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

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H.R.6013 : Contributing Military Death Gratuities to Roth IRAs. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the time period for contributing military death gratuities to Roth IRAs and Coverdell education savings accounts.

Sponsor: Rep Murphy, Christopher S. [CT-5] (introduced 6/21/2012) Cosponsors (None) Related Bills: S.3234 Committees: House Ways and Means Latest Major Action: 6/21/2012 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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H.R.6015 : Servicemembers Access to Justice Act of 2012. A bill to o amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the enforcement of employment and reemployment rights of members of the uniformed services, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Schwartz, Allyson Y. [PA-13] (introduced 6/21/2012) Cosponsors (23) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Armed Services; House Oversight and Government Reform Latest Major Action: 7/19/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.6044 : Volunteer Veterans for Cemetery Service Act. A bill to amend titles 10 and 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to accept voluntary services from veterans and veterans service organizations at national cemeteries.

Sponsor: Rep Platts, Todd Russell [PA-19] (introduced 6/27/2012) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Armed Services 55

Latest Major Action: 7/19/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.6046 : Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act of 2012. A bill to amend titles 10, 32, 37, and 38 of the United States Code, to add a definition of spouse for purposes of military personnel policies and military and veteran benefits that recognizes new State definitions of spouse.

Sponsor: Rep Smith, Adam [WA-9] (introduced 6/27/2012) Cosponsors (33) Committees: House Armed Services; House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/19/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.6071 : Veterans Medical and Prosthetic Research Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2012. A bill to make supplemental appropriations for medical and prosthetic research of the Department of Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2012.

Sponsor: Rep Barrow, John [GA-12] (introduced 6/29/2012) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Appropriations Latest Major Action: 6/29/2012 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Appropriations.

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H.R.6073 : Dignified Burial of Veterans Act of 2012. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that deceased veterans with no known next of kin can receive a dignified burial, and for other purposes. Related bills:

Sponsor: Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-9] (introduced 6/29/2012) Cosponsors (6) Related bills S.3202 Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 6/29/2012 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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H.R.6101 : Student Veteran Academic Counseling Enhancement Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve educational counseling opportunities for veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Chu, Judy [CA-32] (introduced 7/11/2012) Cosponsors (16) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 7/27/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

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H.R.6107 : Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support Act of 2012. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve educational counseling opportunities for veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-15] (introduced 7/12/2012) Cosponsors (38) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/27/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. 56

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H.R.6111 : Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act of 2012. A bill to exclude from consideration as income under the United States Housing Act of 1937 payments of pension made under section 1521 of title 38, United States Code, to veterans who are in need of regular aid and attendance.

Sponsor: Rep Heck, Joseph J. [NV-3] (introduced 7/12/2012) Cosponsors (2) Committees: House Financial Services Latest Major Action: 9/14/2012 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee Hearings Held.

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H.R.6114 : Surplus Property for Veterans Act of 2012. A bill to amend title 40, United States Code, to grant veterans access to Federal excess and surplus property.

Sponsor: Rep Benishek, Dan [MI-1] (introduced 7/12/2012) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform Latest Major Action: 7/12/2012 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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H.R.6121 : Victory for Veterans Stamp Act of 2012. A bill to provide for the issuance of a Victory for Veterans stamp, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Larson, John B. [CT-1] (introduced 7/12/2012) Cosponsors (116) Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform; House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/12/2012 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

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H.R.6123 : Fulfilling Our Promise to Student Veterans Act of 2012. A bill to clarify the authority of the Secretary of the Army to correct erroneous Army College Fund benefit amounts.

Sponsor: Rep Matsui, Doris O. [CA-5] (introduced 7/12/2012) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 7/26/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.6171 : Protecting Veterans Pension Act. A bill to clarify the authority of the Secretary of the Army to correct erroneous Army College Fund benefit amounts.

Sponsor: Rep Rooney, Thomas J. [FL-16] (introduced 7/24/2012) Cosponsors (3) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/27/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.6266 : Military Health Care Protection Act of 2012. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to limit increases in the certain costs of health care services under the health care programs of the Department of Defense, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Runyan, Jon [NJ-3] (introduced 8/1/2012) (None) Committees: House Armed Services Related Bills: S.3203Cosponsors 57

Latest Major Action: 9/13/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.6269 : Disabled Veterans Nutrition Fairness Act of 2012. A bill to amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to expand the eligibility of certain veterans while they have disability claims pending under title 38 of the United States Code.

Sponsor: Rep Speier, Jackie [CA-12] (introduced 8/1/2012) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Agriculture Latest Major Action: 9/11/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture .

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H.R.6297 : Reducing Barriers to Veterans' Benefits Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to establish a presumption of service connection for certain veterans with tinnitus or hearing loss, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Benishek, Dan [MI-1] (introduced 8/2/2012) Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 9/21/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

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H.R.6328 : Clothe a Homeless Hero Act. A bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to transfer unclaimed clothing recovered at airport security checkpoints to local veterans organizations and other local charitable organizations, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Hochul, Kathleen C. [NY-26] (introduced 8/2/2012) Cosponsors (1) Related Bills: H.R.2179, S.3640

Committees: House Homeland Security

Latest Major Action: 12/11/2012 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent. Latest Action: 12/12/2012 Message on Senate action sent to the House.

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H.R.6372 : Veterans Employment Act of 2012. A bill to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to consider veterans before non-veterans with respect to employment in the competitive service at the Department, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Coffman, Mike [CO-6] (introduced 9/11/2012) Cosponsors (3)

Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform; House Veterans' Affairs

Latest Major Action: 9/21/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

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H.R.6393 : Veterans Health Access Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to consider the best interest of the veteran when determining whether the veteran should receive certain contracted health care, to amend the Wounded Warrior Act to improve access to certain medical care for former members of the Armed Forces with severe injuries or illnesses, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Barber, Ron [AZ-8] (introduced 9/13/2012) Cosponsors (1)

Committees: House Armed Services; House Veterans' Affairs 58

Latest Major Action: 10/5/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.6401 : Vet Online Job Search Enhancement. A bill to require the Secretary of Labor to carry out a pilot program on providing veterans with access at One-Stop Centers to Internet websites to facilitate online job searches, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Meehan, Patrick [PA-7] (introduced 9/13/2012) Cosponsors (5) Related Bills: S.3316

Committees: House Veterans' Affairs

Latest Major Action: 9/21/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

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H.R.6414 : Renovate and Enhance Veterans' Meeting Halls and Posts Act of 2012. A bill to amend the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 to set-aside community development block grant amounts in each fiscal year for grants to local chapters of veterans service organizations for rehabilitation of their facilities.

Sponsor: Rep Bishop, Timothy H. [NY-1] (introduced 9/14/2012) Cosponsors (3) Related Bills: H.R.5521

Committees: House Financial Services

Latest Major Action: 10/1/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity.

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H.R.6445 : Recovering Service Members Disability Benefits Act. A bill to amend title II of the Social Security Act to provide that the waiting period for disability insurance benefits shall not be applicable in the case of a recovering service member.

Sponsor: Rep Thompson, Glenn [PA-5] (introduced 9/20/2012) Cosponsors (5)

Committees: House Ways and Means

Latest Major Action: 9/20/2012 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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H.R.6455 : VA Vet Job Corps. A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a veterans jobs corps, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Brown, Corrine [FL-3] (introduced 9/20/2012) Cosponsors (None) Related Bills: H.R.6563, S.3429, S.3457

Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Science, Space, and Technology; House Judiciary; House Ways and Means; House Foreign Affairs; House Armed Services

Latest Major Action: 10/19/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.6464 : Filipino Vet Proof of Service. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to accept certain documents as proof of service in determining the eligibility of an individual to receive amounts from the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Fund, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Heck, Joseph J. [NV-3] (introduced 9/20/2012) Cosponsors (2)

Committees: House Veterans' Affairs

Latest Major Action: 10/11/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. 59

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H.R.6488 : Commissary/Exchange Store Privilege Expansion. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to extend military commissary and exchange store privileges, without time-period limitation, to members of the Armed Forces who are involuntarily separated with a service-connected disability and also to extend such privileges to their dependents.

Sponsor: Rep Denham, Jeff [CA-19] (introduced 9/21/2012) Cosponsors (9) Related Bills: H.R.1178, H.R.2148

Committees: House Armed Services

Latest Major Action: 10/19/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.6527 : Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvements Act of 2012. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the assistance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs to women veterans, to improve health care furnished by the Department, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Larsen, Rick [WA-2] (introduced 9/21/2012) Cosponsors (21) Related Bills: S.3313

Committees: House Veterans' Affairs

Latest Major Action: 10/11/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

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H.R.6534 : Canadian Forces Base Gagetown Registry. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a registry of certain veterans who were stationed at or underwent training at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, New Brunswick, Canada, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2] (introduced 9/21/2012) Cosponsors (4) Related Bills: H.R.2052

Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Armed Services

Latest Major Action: 10/19/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.6563 : Veterans Jobs Corps Act of 2012. A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a veterans jobs corps, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Markey, Edward J. [MA-7] (introduced 9/25/2012) Cosponsors (None) Related Bills: H.R.4051, H.R.6455, S.1314, S.2246, S.3210, S.3235, S.3353, S.3405, S.3429, S.3457, S.3555

Committees: House Veterans' Affairs; House Ways and Means; House Budget; House Armed Services; House Foreign Affairs; House Judiciary; House Science, Space, and Technology; House Education and the Workforce

Latest Major Action: 10/19/2012 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

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H.R.6574 : Servicemember Mental Health Review Act. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to require a review of the separation of members of the Armed Forces on the basis of a mental condition not amounting to disability, including separation on the basis of a personality or adjustment disorder.

Sponsor: Rep Walz, Timothy J. [MN-1] (introduced 10/12/2012) Cosponsors (3)

Committees: House Armed Services

Latest Major Action: 10/12/2012 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

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H.R.6576 : Space "A’ Travel for 10 0% Rated Vets. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to permit veterans who have a service-connected disability rated as total to travel on military aircraft in the same manner and to the same extent as retired members of the Armed Forces are entitled to such travel.

Sponsor: Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-9] (introduced 10/16/2012) Cosponsors (None) Related Bills: S.67

Latest Major Action: 10/16/2012 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

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H.R.6577 : VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 Amendment. A bill to amend the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 to improve the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program by providing assistance under such program for certain training programs that are considered less than full-time.

Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Bill [OH-6] (introduced 10/19/2012) Cosponsors (None)

Latest Major Action: 10/19/2012 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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H.R.6580 : Veterans Dental and Vision Benefits Act of 2012. A bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to allow veterans who receive health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs to be eligible for supplemental dental and vision insurance under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

Sponsor: Rep Fudge, Marcia L. [OH-11] (introduced 10/26/2012) Cosponsors (None)

Latest Major Action: 10/26/2012 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

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H.R.6627 : Veterans Homebuyer Accessibility Act of 2012. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit for veteran first-time homebuyers and for adaptive housing and mobility improvements for disabled veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2] (introduced 12/3/2012) Cosponsors (None)

Committees: House Ways and Means

Latest Major Action: 12/3/2012 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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H.R.6635 : TRICARE Protection Act. A bill to direct the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to Congress on the future availability of TRICARE Prime throughout the United States and to ensure that certain TRICARE beneficiaries retain access to a primary care provider, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Walden, Greg [OR-2] (introduced 12/5/2012) Cosponsors (2)

Committees: House Armed Services

Latest Major Action: 12/5/2012 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

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Senate Legislation

Senate Bills

Note: Go to http://thomas.loc.gov/home/thomas.php and enter bill number in the Search block to determine current cosponsor status and last major action taken by the Senate.

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The Following Color Codes Apply to the Bills Listed Below

1. Bills that are being pushed by various veterans groups for passage include a website highlighted in red which if clicked on will take the reader to a preformatted message for automatic transmission to their legislator requesting he/she support the bill.

2. Bill numbers that have passed either the House or Senate and have been forwarded to the other chamber or the President for action are highlighted in Green.

3. Bills that have passed both chambers of Congress and been signed into law are highlighted in Blue.

4. Bills that the RAO considers to have the highest priority are highlighted in Yellow.

5. Bill numbers that have been incorporated in other bills are highlighted in Gray.

6. Bill numbers and titles in violet (if any) are new additions to this summary,

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S.63 : WWII Filipino Vet Claims. A bill to require the Secretary of the Army to determine the validity of the claims of certain Filipinos that they performed military service on behalf of the United States during World War II.

Sponsor: Sen Inouye, Daniel K. [HI] (introduced 1/25/2011) Cosponsors (None)

Latest Major Action: 1/25/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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S.67 : Disabled Vet Space "A" Travel. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to permit former members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability rated as total to travel on military 62

aircraft in the same manner and to the same extent as retired members of the Armed Forces are entitled to travel on such aircraft.

Sponsor: Sen Inouye, Daniel K. [HI] (introduced 1/25/2011) Cosponsors (2) Related Bills: H.R.6576

Latest Major Action: 1/25/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

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S.68 : POW Commissary/Exchange Use. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize certain disabled former prisoners of war to use Department of Defense commissary and exchange stores.

Sponsor: Sen Inouye, Daniel K. [HI] (introduced 1/25/2011) Cosponsors (None)

Latest Major Action: 1/25/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

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S.70 : Restore Memorial Day Observance. A bill to restore the traditional day of observance of Memorial Day, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Inouye, Daniel K. [HI] (introduced 1/25/2011) Cosponsors (None)

Latest Major Action: 1/25/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

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S.146 : Veteran Employment Transition Act of 2011. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the work opportunity credit to certain recently discharged veterans.

Sponsor: Sen Baucus, Max [MT] (introduced 1/25/2011) Cosponsors (22)

Latest Major Action: 1/25/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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S.260 : SBP DIC Offset. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to repeal the requirement for reduction of survivor annuities under the Survivor Benefit Plan by veterans' dependency and indemnity compensation.

Sponsor: Sen Nelson, Bill [FL] (introduced 2/2/2011) Cosponsors (51)

Latest Major Action: 2/2/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

To support this bill and/or contact your legislators send a message via

http://capwiz.com/naus/issues/alert/?alertid=25851506

http://capwiz.com/dav/issues/alert/?alertid=56534511

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S.277 : Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to furnish hospital care, medical services, and nursing home care to veterans who were stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, while the water was contaminated at Camp Lejeune, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Burr, Richard [NC] (introduced 2/3/2011) Cosponsors (10)

Latest Major Action: 8/1/2011 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 123. 63

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S.316 : Fort Hood Victims and Families Benefits Protection Act. A bill to ensure that the victims and victims' families of the November 5, 2009, attack at Fort Hood, Texas, receive the same treatment, benefits, and honors as those Americans who have been killed or wounded in a combat zone overseas and their families.

Sponsor: Sen Cornyn, John [TX] (introduced 2/10/2011) Cosponsors (3)

Latest Major Action: 2/10/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

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S.325 : Embedded Mental Health Providers for Reserves Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to require the provision of behavioral health services to members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces necessary to meet pre-deployment and post-deployment readiness and fitness standards, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Murray, Patty [WA] (introduced 2/10/2011) Cosponsors (7) Related bill H.R.948

Latest Major Action: 2/10/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

To support this bill and/or contact your legislators send a message via

http://capwiz.com/ngaus/issues/alert/?alertid=34823501

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S.344 : Retired Pay Restoration Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to permit certain retired members of the uniformed services who have a service-connected disability to receive both disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs for their disability and either retired pay by reason of their years of military service or Combat-Related Special Compensation, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced 2/14/2011) Cosponsors (31)

Latest Major Action: 2/14/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

To support this bill and/or contact your legislators send a message via

http://capwiz.com/usdr/issues/alert/?alertid=31190506&queueid=[capwiz:queue_id]

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S.367 : Hire A Hero Act of 2011. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow the work opportunity credit to small businesses which hire individuals who are members of the Ready Reserve or National Guard, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Brown, Scott P. [MA] (introduced 2/16/2011) Cosponsors (2) Related bill H.R.743

Latest Major Action: 2/16/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

To support this bill and/or contact your legislators send a message via

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S.402 : Cold War Service Medal Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for the award of a military service medal to members of the Armed Forces who served honorably during the Cold War, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Snowe, Olympia J. [ME] (introduced 2/17/2011) Cosponsors (6)

Latest Major Action: 2/17/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

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S.411 : Helping Our Homeless Veterans Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into agreements with States and nonprofit organizations to collaborate in the provision of case management services associated with certain supported housing programs for veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Klobuchar, Amy [MN] (introduced 2/17/2011) Cosponsors (18) Related bill: H.R.1133

Latest Major Action: 6/8/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.423 : Fully Developed VA Claim Applications. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide authority for retroactive effective date for awards of disability compensation in connection with applications that are fully-developed at submittal, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Burr, Richard [NC] (introduced 3/1/2011) Cosponsors (None)

Latest Major Action: 6/8/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.491 : Honor America's Guard-Reserve Retirees Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to recognize the service in the reserve components of the Armed Forces of certain persons by honoring them with status as veterans under law, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Pryor, Mark L. [AR] (introduced 3/4/2011) Cosponsors (22)

Latest Major Action: 6/8/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

To support this bill and/or contact your legislators send a message via

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S.536 : Survivor Educational Assistance Limitations. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide that utilization of survivors' and dependents' educational assistance shall not be subject to the 48-month limitation on the aggregate amount of assistance utilizable under multiple veterans and related educational assistance programs.

Sponsor: Sen Webb, Jim [VA] (introduced 3/9/2011) Cosponsors (1)

Latest Major Action: 6/8/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.542 : National Guard, Reserve, "Gray Area" Retiree, and Surviving Spouses Space-available Travel Equity Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize space-available travel on military aircraft for members of the reserve components, a member or former member of a reserve component who is eligible for retired pay but for age, widows and widowers of retired members, and dependents.

Sponsor: Sen Begich, Mark [AK] (introduced 3/10/2011) Cosponsors (9)

Latest Major Action: 3/10/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

To support this bill and/or contact your legislators send a message via

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S.658 : Support for Survivors Act. A bill to provide for the preservation of the Department of Defense of documentary evidence of the Department of Defense on incidents of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the military, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Klobuchar, Amy [MN] (introduced 3/28/2011) Cosponsors (24) Related Bill: H.R.1268

Latest Major Action: 3/28/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

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S.666 : Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury Care Improvement Act of 2011. A bill to require a report on the establishment of a Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center or Polytrauma Network Site of the Department of Veterans Affairs in the northern Rockies or Dakotas, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Baucus, Max [MT] (introduced 3/29/2011) Cosponsors (4)

Latest Major Action: 6/8/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.696 : Vet Center Travel Pay. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to treat Vet Centers as Department of Veterans Affairs facilities for purposes of payments or allowances for beneficiary travel to Department facilities, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Tester, Jon [MT] (introduced 3/31/2011) Cosponsors (5

Latest Major Action: 6/8/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.698 : Arlington Gravesite Reservations. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to codify the prohibition against the reservation of gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Warner, Mark R. [VA] (introduced 3/31/2011) Cosponsors (None) Related bill: H.R.1441

Latest Major Action: 6/8/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.728 : NAIV Federal Charter. A bill to grant a Federal charter to the National American Indian Veterans, Incorporated.

Sponsor: Sen Johnson, Tim [SD] (introduced 4/5/2011) Cosponsors (None)

Latest Major Action: 4/5/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

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S.731 : Travel Reimbursement for Inactive Duty Training Personnel (TRIP) Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 37, United States Code, to provide travel and transportation allowances for members of the reserve components for long distance and certain other travel to inactive duty training.

Sponsor: Sen Begich, Mark [AK] (introduced 4/5/2011) Cosponsors (5)

Latest Major Action: 4/5/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

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S.745 : GI Bill Tuition Guarantee. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to protect certain veterans who would otherwise be subject to a reduction in educational assistance benefits, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] (introduced 4/6/2011) Cosponsors (5) Related Bill: H.R.1383

Latest Major Action: 7/19/2011 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 105.

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S.769 : Veterans Equal Treatment for Service Dogs Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to prevent the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from prohibiting the use of service dogs on Department of Veterans Affairs property.

Sponsor: Sen Harkin, Tom [IA] (introduced 4/8/2011) Cosponsors (8) Related Bill: H.R.1154

Latest Major Action: 6/8/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.780 : Veterans Pensions Protection Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to exempt reimbursements of expenses related to accident, theft, loss, or casualty loss from determinations of annual income with respect to pensions for veterans and surviving spouses and children of veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Tester, Jon [MT] (introduced 4/8/2011) Cosponsors (1) Related Bill: H.R.923

Latest Major Action: 6/8/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.798 : Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act of 2011. A Bill to provide an amnesty period during which veterans and their family members can register certain firearms in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Tester, Jon [MT] (introduced 4/12/2011) Cosponsors (21) Related Bill: H.R.420 67

Latest Major Action: 4/12/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

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S.815 : Sanctity of Eternal Rest for Veterans Act of 2011. A bill to guarantee that military funerals are conducted with dignity and respect.

Sponsor: Sen Snowe, Olympia J. [ME] (introduced 4/13/2011) Cosponsors (37) Related Bill: H.R.1591

Latest Major Action: 6/8/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.866 : Reserve Retirement Deployment Credit Correction Act. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to modify the per-fiscal year calculation of days of certain active duty or active service used to reduce the minimum age at which a member of a reserve component of the uniformed services may retire for non-regular service.

Sponsor: Sen Tester, Jon [MT] (introduced 5/2/2011) Cosponsors (35)

Latest Major Action: 5/2/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

To support this bill and/or contact your legislators send a message via

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S.873 : Spina Bifida Children Benefits. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide benefits for children with spina bifida of veterans exposed to herbicides while serving in the Armed Forces during the Vietnam era outside Vietnam, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Akaka, Daniel K. [HI] (introduced 5/3/2011) Cosponsors (None)

Latest Major Action: 6/8/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.874 : Survivor Month of Death compensation. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to modify the provision of compensation and pension to surviving spouses of veterans in the months of the deaths of the veterans, to improve housing loan benefits for veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Akaka, Daniel K. [HI] (introduced 5/3/2011) Cosponsors (None)

Latest Major Action: 6/8/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.894 : Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for an increase, effective December 1, 2011, in the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Murray, Patty [WA] (introduced 5/5/2011) Cosponsors (14) Related bill H.R.1407, H.R.4114, S.2259 68

Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 112-53 [GPO: Text, PDF]

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S.910 : Veterans Health Equity Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that veterans in each of the 48 contiguous States are able to receive services in at least one full-service Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in the State or receive comparable services provided by contract in the State, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] (introduced 5/9/2011) Cosponsors (1) Related Bills: H.R.1863

Latest Major Action: 6/8/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.914 : Veterans Programs Improvement Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the waiver of the collection of copayments for telehealth and telemedicine visits of veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Begich, Mark [AK] (introduced 5/9/2011) Cosponsors (2) Related Bill: 5830

Latest Major Action: 10/11/2011 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 188.

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S.935 : Veterans Outreach Enhancement Act of 2011. A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a program of outreach to veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH] (introduced 5/10/2011 Cosponsors (None) Related bill H.R.1854

Latest Major Action: 6/8/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.951 : Hiring Heroes Act of 2011. A bill to improve the provision of Federal transition, rehabilitation, vocational, and unemployment benefits to members of the Armed Forces and veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Murray, Patty [WA] (introduced 5/11/2011) Cosponsors (40) Related Bills: H.R.1941

Latest Major Action: 7/18/2011 By Senator Murray from Committee on Veterans' Affairs filed written report. Report No. 112-36.

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S.955 : Protect Those Who Serve Act. A bill to provide grants for the renovation, modernization or construction of law enforcement facilities.

Sponsor: Sen Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 5/11/2011) Cosponsors (3)

Latest Major Action: 5/11/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

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S.957 : Veterans' Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitative Services' Improvements Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the provision of rehabilitative services for veterans with traumatic brain injury, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Boozman, John [AR] (introduced 5/11/2011) Cosponsors (4) Related Bills: H.R.1855

Latest Major Action: 6/8/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.981 : National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. A bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2012 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2012, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Levin, Carl [MI] (by request) (introduced 5/12/2011) Cosponsors (1) Related Bills: H.R.1540

Latest Major Action: 5/12/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

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S.993 : Wounded Warrior Tax Equity Act of 2011. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prevent the extension of the tax collection period merely because the taxpayer is a member of the Armed Forces who is hospitalized as a result of combat zone injuries.

Sponsor: Sen Cornyn, John [TX] (introduced 5/12/2011) Cosponsors (1) Related Bills: H.R.1871

Latest Major Action: 5/12/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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S.1017 : Disabled Veteran Caregiver Housing Assistance Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to increase assistance for disabled veterans who are temporarily residing in housing owned by a family member, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] (introduced 5/17/2011) Cosponsors (None) Related Bills: H.R.117

Latest Major Action: 6/8/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.1025 : National Guard Empowerment and State-National Defense Integration Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to enhance the national defense through empowerment of the National Guard, enhancement of the functions of the National Guard Bureau, and improvement of Federal-State military coordination in domestic emergency response, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [VT] (introduced 5/19/2011) Cosponsors (68)

Latest Major Action: 5/19/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

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S.1044 : DECA BRAC Pilot Program. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize the Defense Commissary Agency to conduct a pilot program at military institutions to be closed or subject to an adverse realignment under a base closure law under which a commissary store may sell additional types of merchandise.

Sponsor: Sen Snowe, Olympia J. [ME] (introduced 5/23/2011) Cosponsors (1)

Latest Major Action: 5/23/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

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S.1060 : Honoring All Veterans Act of 2011. A bill to improve education, employment, independent living services, and health care for veterans, to improve assistance for homeless veterans, and to improve the administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Blumenthal, Richard [CT] (introduced 5/25/2011) Cosponsors (1)

Latest Major Action: 6/8/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.1080 : PRO-VETS Act of 2011. A bill to provide veterans with individualized notice about available benefits, to streamline application processes for the benefits, to provide for automatic enrollment for veterans returning from combat zones into the Department of Veterans Affairs medical system, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] (introduced 5/25/2011) Cosponsors (None)

Latest Major Action: 5/25/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

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S.1141 : WWII Filipino Vet Child Immigration Limits. A bill to exempt children of certain Filipino World War II veterans from the numerical limitations on immigrant visas and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Akaka, Daniel K. [HI] (introduced 5/26/2011) Cosponsors (2) Related Bills: H.R.2115 & 2116

Latest Major Action: 5/26/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

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S.1146 : Alaska Hero's Card Act of 2011. A bill to establish a pilot program under which veterans in the State of Alaska may receive health care benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs at non-Department medical facilities, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Begich, Mark [AK] (introduced 6/6/2011) Cosponsors (None) Related bill: H.R.2203

Latest Major Action: 6/8/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.1148 : Veterans Programs Improvement Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the provision of assistance to homeless veterans, to improve the regulation of fiduciaries who 71

represent individuals for purposes of receiving benefits under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Murray, Patty [WA] (introduced 6/6/2011) Cosponsors (1) Related bill: H.R.5830

Latest Major Action: 6/8/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.1154 : Honoring Promises to Service-Disabled Veterans Act of 2011. A bill to require transparency for Executive departments in meeting the Government-wide goals for contracting with small business concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Baucus, Max [MT] (introduced 6/7/2011) Cosponsors (2)

Latest Major Action: 6/7/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

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S.1172 : VA Appeals Process. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the efficiency of the appeals process under the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims by improving staff conferences directed by such Court, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Pryor, Mark L. [AR] (introduced 6/9/2011) Cosponsors (None)

Latest Major Action: 6/9/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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S.1184 : Vet Business Misrepresentation Penalties. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to revise the enforcement penalties for misrepresentation of a business concern as a small business concern owned and controlled by veterans or as a small business concern owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Cantwell, Maria [WA] (introduced 6/13/2011) Cosponsors (None) Related Bill: H.R.1657

Latest Major Action: 6/13/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.1235 : Navy UDT-SEAL Museum. A bill to recognize the memorial at the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida, as the official national memorial of Navy SEALS and their predecessors.

Sponsor: Sen Rubio, Marco [FL] (introduced 6/20/2011) Cosponsors (1) Related Bill: H.R.1245

Latest Major Action: 6/20/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

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S.1253 : National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2012 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes. 72

Sponsor: Sen Levin, Carl [MI] (introduced 6/22/2011) Cosponsors (None) Related Bills: S.1254, S.1255, S.1256

Latest Major Action: 7/13/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Senate Committee on Armed Services. Hearings held prior to introduction and/or referral. Hearings printed: S.Hrg. 112-80, pt. 2.

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S.1272 : Southern New Mexico and El Paso, Texas, Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury Care Improvement Act of 2011. A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress a report on the feasibility and advisability of establishing of a polytrauma rehabilitation center or polytrauma network site of the Department of Veterans Affairs in the southern New Mexico and El Paso, Texas, region, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Udall, Tom [NM] (introduced 6/23/2011) Cosponsors (1) Related Bills: H.R.3390, S.666

Latest Major Action: 6/23/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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S.1314 : Disabled Vet Outreach Program. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Labor to establish minimum funding levels for States for the support of disabled veterans' outreach program specialists and local veterans' employment representatives, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Tester, Jon [MT] (introduced 6/30/2011) Cosponsors (3)

Latest Major Action: 6/13/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.1348 : Veterans Day Moment of Silence Act. A bill to amend title 36, United States Code, to encourage the nationwide observance of two minutes of silence each Veterans Day.

Sponsor: Sen Brown, Scott P. [MA] (introduced 7/12/2011 Cosponsors (6) Related Bills: H.R.2498

Latest Major Action: 7/12/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

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S.1391 : PTSD Disability Compensation Evaluations. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the disability compensation evaluation procedure of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder or mental health conditions related to military sexual trauma, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Tester, Jon [MT] (introduced 7/20/2011) Cosponsors (4) Related Bills: H.R.930

Latest Major Action: 6/27/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.1465 : Joining Forces for Military Mental Health Act. A bill to authorize a pilot program on enhancements of Department of Defense efforts on mental health in the National Guard and Reserves through community partnerships, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Reed, Jack [RI] (introduced 8/1/2011) Cosponsors (9) Related Bills: H.R.2751 73

Latest Major Action: 8/1/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

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S.1474 : Veterans Travel Tax Relief Act of 2011. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a deduction for travel expenses to medical centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs in connection with examinations or treatments relating to service-connected disabilities.

Sponsor: Sen Heller, Dean [NV] (introduced 8/2/2011) Cosponsors (None)

Latest Major Action: 8/2/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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S.1540 : Help Veterans Own Franchises Act. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow credits for the purchase of franchises by veterans.

Sponsor: Sen Casey, Robert P., Jr. [PA] (introduced 9/12/2011) Cosponsors (2) Related Bills: H.R.2888

Latest Major Action: 9/12/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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S.1553 : Veterans to Paramedics Transition Act. A bill to A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to facilitate emergency medical services personnel training and certification curriculums for military veterans.

Sponsor: Sen Klobuchar, Amy [MN] (introduced 9/14/2011) Cosponsors (1)

Latest Major Action: 9/14/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

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S.1579 : National Guard Basic Allowance for Housing Equity Act. A bill to amend title 37, United States Code, to provide that the basic allowance for housing in effect for a member of the National Guard is not reduced when the member transitions between active duty and full-time National Guard duty without a break in active service.

Sponsor: Sen Brown, Scott P. [MA] (introduced 9/20/2011) Cosponsors (None) Related Bills: H.R.2733

Latest Major Action: 9/20/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

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S.1629 : Agent Orange Equity Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] (introduced 9/23/2011) Cosponsors (14) Related Bills: H.R.812, H.R.3612

Latest Major Action: 9/23/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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S.1631 : Establish a New Rural Area VA Center. A bill to authorize the establishment in the Department of Veterans Affairs of a center for technical assistance for non-Department health care providers who furnish care to veterans in rural areas, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Tester, Jon [MT] (introduced 9/23/2011) Cosponsors (1)

Latest Major Action: 6/27/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.1634 : VA Education Program Improvements. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the approval and disapproval of programs of education for purposes of educational benefits under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Tester, Jon [MT] (introduced 9/26/2011) Cosponsors (2)

Latest Major Action: 6/13/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.1689 : Veterans Sexual Assault Prevention Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to require a comprehensive policy on reporting and tracking sexual assault incidents and other safety incidents that occur at medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Toomey, Pat [PA] (introduced 10/12/2011) Cosponsors (None) Related Bills: H.R.2074

Latest Major Action: 10/12/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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S.1707 : Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the conditions under which certain persons may be treated as adjudicated mentally incompetent for certain purposes

Sponsor: Sen Burr, Richard [NC] (introduced 10/13/2011) Cosponsors (21) Related Bills: H.R.1898, H.R.2349

Latest Major Action: 9/12/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.

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S.1728 : Stolen Valor Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to establish a criminal offense relating to fraudulent claims about military service.

Sponsor: Sen Brown, Scott P. [MA] (introduced 10/18/2011) Cosponsors (34) Related Bills: H.R.1775

Latest Major Action: 10/18/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

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S.1755 : VA Disabled Beneficiary Travel Pay. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for coverage under the beneficiary travel program of the Department of Veterans Affairs of certain disabled veterans for travel for certain special disabilities rehabilitation, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Tester, Jon [MT] (introduced 10/20/2011) Cosponsors (5)

Latest Major Action: 6/27/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.1768 : National Guard, Reserve, 'Gray Area' Retiree, and Surviving Spouses Space-available Travel Equity Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize space-available travel on military aircraft for members of the reserve components, a member or former member of a reserve component who is eligible for retired pay but for age, widows and widowers of retired members, and dependents.

Sponsor: Sen Begich, Mark [AK] (introduced 10/31/2011) Cosponsors (9) Related Bills: S.542

Latest Major Action: 10/31/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

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S.1798 : Open Burn Pit Registry Act of 2011. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish an open burn pit registry to ensure that members of the Armed Forces who may have been exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes caused by open burn pits while deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq receive information regarding such exposure, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Udall, Tom [NM] (introduced 11/3/2011) Cosponsors (17) Related Bills: H.R.3337

Latest Major Action: 6/13/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.1799 : Access to Appropriate Immunizations for Veterans Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for certain requirements relating to the immunization of veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Tester, Jon [MT] (introduced 11/3/2011) Cosponsors (3) Related Bills:H.R.1930

Latest Major Action: 6/27/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.1806 : Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow taxpayers to designate overpayments of tax as contributions to the homeless veterans assistance fund.

Sponsor: Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] (introduced 11/3/2011) Cosponsors (6) Related Bills: H.R.136, H.R.3352

Latest Major Action: 6/27/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.1820 : National Guard Outreach Act. A bill to authorize the Secretary of Defense to provide assistance to State National Guards to provide counseling and reintegration services for members of reserve components of the Armed Forces ordered to active duty in support of a contingency operation, members returning from such active duty, veterans of the Armed Forces, and their families.

Sponsor: Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] (introduced 11/8/2011) Cosponsors (1)

Latest Major Action: 11/8/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

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S.1823 : National Guard Employment Protection Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for employment and reemployment rights for certain individuals ordered to full-time National Guard duty, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Blunt, Roy [MO] (introduced 11/8/2011) Cosponsors (1)

Latest Major Action: 11/8/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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S.1838 : VA Dog Training Pilot Program. A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program on service dog training therapy, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Baucus, Max [MT] (introduced 11/9/2011) Cosponsors (6)

Latest Major Action: 6/27/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.1839 : National Guard and Reserve Soft Landing Reintegration Act. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for the retention of members of the reserve components on active duty for a period of 45 days following an extended deployment in contingency operations or homeland defense missions to support their reintegration into civilian life, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Wyden, Ron [OR] (introduced 11/10/2011) Cosponsors (None)

Latest Major Action: 11/10/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

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S.1846 : Nationwide Network of Support for Veterans and Their Families Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to establish the National Veterans Support Foundation to carry out activities to support and supplement the mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Bennet, Michael F. [CO] (introduced 11/10/2011) Cosponsors (None) Related Bill: S.3082

Latest Major Action: 11/10/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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S.1847 : Protect Our Disabled Heroes Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to reinstate criminal penalties for persons charging veterans unauthorized fees, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Rubio, Marco [FL] (introduced 11/10/2011) Cosponsors (3) Related Bills: H.R.2349

Latest Major Action: 11/10/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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S.1849 : Rural Veterans Health Care Improvement Act. A bill to require a five-year strategic plan for the Office of Rural Health of the Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs for improving access to, and the quality of, health care services for veterans in rural areas.

Sponsor: Sen Franken, Al [MN] (introduced 11/10/2011) Cosponsors (1)

Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs

Latest Major Action: 11/10/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

Latest Major Action: 6/27/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.1867 : National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2012 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Levin, Carl [MI] (introduced 11/15/2011) Cosponsors (None) Related bills: H.R.1540, S.2112

Latest Major Action: 12/1/2011 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Passed Senate with amendments by Yea-Nay. 93 - 7. Record Vote Number: 218. Latest Action: 12/1/2011 See also H.R. 1540.

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S.1893 : National Guard Technician Equity Act. A bill to amend titles 5, 10, and 32, United States Code, to eliminate inequities in the treatment of National Guard technicians, to reduce the eligibility age for retirement for non-Regular service, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Reed, Jack [RI] (introduced 11/17/2011) Cosponsors (None) Related Bills: H.R.1169

Committees: Senate Armed Services

Latest Major Action: 11/17/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

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S.2004 : Bataan Defenders Congressional Gold Medal. A bill to grant the Congressional Gold Medal to the troops who defended Bataan during World War II.

Sponsor: Sen Udall, Tom [NM] (introduced 12/15/2011) Cosponsors (10) Related Bills: H.R.3712

Latest Major Action: 12/15/2011 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

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S.2089 : Honor Act. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to expand the authority of the Secretary of the Army to loan or donate excess small arms to certain eligible organizations for funeral and other ceremonial purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Klobuchar, Amy [MN] (introduced 2/9/2012) Cosponsors (None) Related Bills: H.R.3981

Latest Major Action: 2/9/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

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S.2112 : Space-Available Act of 2012. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize space-available travel on military aircraft for members of the reserve components, a member or former member of a reserve component who is eligible for retired pay but for age, widows and widowers of retired members, and dependents.

Sponsor: Sen Begich, Mark [AK] (introduced 2/15/2012) Cosponsors (32) Related Bills: H.R.1540, H.R.4164, S.1867

Latest Major Action: 2/15/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

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S.2116 : Military and Veterans Education Protection Act. A bill to count revenues from military and veteran education programs toward the limit on Federal revenues that certain proprietary institutions of higher education are allowed to receive for purposes of section 487 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Carper, Thomas R. [DE] (introduced 2/16/2012) Cosponsors (10) Related Bills: H.R.4055

Latest Major Action: 2/16/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

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S.2128 : Protecting the Health Care of Veterans Act of 2012. A bill to amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to clarify that all veterans programs are exempt from sequestration, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Tester, Jon [MT] (introduced 2/17/2012) Cosponsors (3)

Latest Major Action: 2/17/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Budget.

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S.2130 : Veterans Conservation Corps. A bill to direct the Secretary of Interior to establish a veterans conservation corps, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Nelson, Bill [FL] (introduced 2/17/2012) Cosponsors (None)

Latest Major Action: 6/13/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.2179 : Military and Veterans Educational Reform Act of 2012. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve oversight of educational assistance provided under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Webb, Jim [VA] (introduced 3/8/2012) Cosponsors (16)

Latest Major Action: 6/13/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.2206 : GI Educational Freedom Act of 2012. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide educational counseling to individuals eligible for educational assistance under laws administered by the Secretary before such individuals receive such assistance, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Lautenberg, Frank R. [NJ] (introduced 3/20/2012) Cosponsors (6)

Latest Major Action: 6/13/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.2239 : Veteran Skills to Jobs Act of 2012. A bill to direct the head of each agency to treat relevant military training as sufficient to satisfy training or certification requirements for Federal licenses.

Sponsor: Sen Nelson, Bill [FL] (introduced 3/27/2012) Cosponsors (17)

Latest Major Action: 7/9/2012 Held at the desk.

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S.2241 : GI Bill Consumer Awareness Act of 2012. A bill to ensure that veterans have the information and protections they require to make informed decisions regarding use of Post-9/11 Educational Assistance, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Murray, Patty [WA] (introduced 3/27/2012) Cosponsors (14)

Latest Major Action: 9/12/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.

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S.2244 : Veterans Missing in America Act of 2012. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to assist in the identification of unclaimed and abandoned human remains to determine if any such remains are eligible for burial in a national cemetery, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Portman, Rob [OH] (introduced 3/28/2012) Cosponsors (3) Related Bills: H.R.2051

Latest Major Action: 6/27/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.2255 : Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. A bill to amend chapter 1 of title 36, United States Code, to add Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day as a patriotic and National observance.

Sponsor: Sen Burr, Richard [NC] (introduced 3/29/2012) Cosponsors (6) Related Bills: S.RES.55 80

Latest Major Action: 3/29/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

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S.2259 : Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2012. A bill to provide for an increase, effective December 1, 2012, in the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Tester, Jon [MT] (introduced 3/29/2012) Cosponsors (14) Related Bills: H.R.1407, H.R.4114, S.894

Latest Major Action: 9/12/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.

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S.2320 : Remembering America's Forgotten Veterans Cemetery Act of 2012. A bill to direct the American Battle Monuments Commission to provide for the ongoing maintenance of Clark Veterans Cemetery in the Republic of the Philippines, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Ayotte, Kelly [NH] (introduced 4/19/2012) Cosponsors (15) Related Bills: H.R.4168

Latest Major Action: 6/27/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.2466 : Military Reservists Access to Mental Health Services Act of 2011. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize the provision of behavioral health readiness services to certain members of the Selected Reserve of the Armed Forces based on need, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Tester, Jon [MT] (introduced 4/26/2012) Cosponsors (None)

Latest Major Action: 4/26/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

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S.3049 : Homeless Vet Definition Expansion. A bill to amend title 39, United States Code, to expand the definition of homeless veteran for purposes of benefits under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Sponsor: Sen Begich, Mark [AK] (introduced 5/9/2012) Cosponsors (5) Related Bill: H.R.4287

Latest Major Action: 6/27/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.3052 : VA Electronic Claim Filing. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide veterans, when such veterans electronically file claims for benefits under laws administered by the Secretary, with notice that relevant services may be available to the veterans from veterans service organizations, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH] (introduced 5/9/2012) Cosponsors (None) 81

Latest Major Action: 6/27/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.3082 : National Veterans Support Network. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to establish the National Veterans Support Network to carry out activities to support and supplement the mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Bennet, Michael F. [CO] (introduced 5/10/2012) Cosponsors (1) Related Bill: S.1846

Latest Major Action: 6/13/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.3084 : VISN/VHA Reorganization. A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to reorganize the Veterans Integrated Service Networks of the Veterans Health Administration, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Burr, Richard [NC] (introduced 5/10/2012) Cosponsors (1)

Latest Major Action: 6/27/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.3179 : Servicemember Housing Protection Act of 2012. A bill to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to enhance the protections accorded to servicemembers and their spouses with respect to mortgages, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Reed, Jack [RI] (introduced 5/15/2012) Cosponsors (5)

Latest Major Action: 6/13/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.3202 : Dignified Burial of Veterans Act of 2012. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that deceased veterans with no known next of kin can receive a dignified burial, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Murray, Patty [WA] (introduced 5/17/2012) Cosponsors (5) Related Bill: H.R.6073

Latest Major Action: 12/20/2012 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Armed Services, and the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

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S.3203 : Military Health Care Protection Act of 2012. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to limit increases in the certain costs of health care services under the health care programs of the Department of Defense, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Lautenberg, Frank R. [NJ] (introduced 5/17/2012) Cosponsors (8) Related Bills: H.R.6266

Latest Major Action: 5/17/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

To support this bill and/or contact your legislators send a message via http://capwiz.com/moaa/issues/alert/?alertid=61358641&PROCESS=Take+Action 82

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S.3206 : Paralympic Team Monthly Allowance. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend the authorization of appropriations for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay a monthly assistance allowance to disabled veterans training or competing for the Paralympic Team and the authorization of appropriations for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide assistance to United States Paralympics, Inc., and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Boozman, John [AR] (introduced 5/17/2012) Cosponsors (2) Related Bills: H.R.2300, H.R.2345

Latest Major Action: 6/27/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.3210 : Small Business Vet Widow Rights. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to modify the treatment under contracting goals and preferences of the Department of Veterans Affairs for small businesses owned by veterans of small businesses after the death of a disabled veteran owner, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Brown, Scott P. [MA] (introduced 5/21/2012) Cosponsors (2) Related Bill: S.1990, S.3555

Latest Major Action: 6/13/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.3215 : Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013. An original bill making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Johnson, Tim [SD] (introduced 5/22/2012) Cosponsors (None) Related Bills: H.R.2055, H.R.3671, H.R.5854

Latest Major Action: 5/22/2012 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 408.

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S.3233 : Servicemembers Access to Justice Act of 2012. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the enforcement of employment and reemployment rights of members of the uniformed services, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Casey, Robert P., Jr. [PA] (introduced 5/23/2012) Cosponsors (2)

Latest Major Action: 6/13/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.3234 : Military Death Gratuities. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the time period for contributing military death gratuities to Roth IRAs and Coverdell education savings accounts.

Sponsor: Sen Blumenthal, Richard [CT] (introduced 5/24/2012) Cosponsors (5) Related Bills: H.R.6013 83

Latest Major Action: 5/24/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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S.3236 : Servicemember Employment Protection Act of 2012. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the protection and enforcement of employment and reemployment rights of members of the uniformed services, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Pryor, Mark L. [AR] (introduced 5/24/2012) Cosponsors (7)

Latest Major Action: 6/13/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.3254 : National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2013 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Levin, Carl [MI] (introduced 6/4/2012) Cosponsors (None)

Latest Major Action: 12/4/2012 Senate incorporated this measure in H.R. 4310 as an amendment. Latest Action: 12/12/2012 Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 829, papers are returned to the Senate.

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S.3270 : Vet Pension Eligibility. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to consider the resources of individuals applying for pension that were recently disposed of by the individuals for less than fair market value when determining the eligibility of such individuals for such pension, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Wyden, Ron [OR] (introduced 6/6/2012) Cosponsors (8)

Latest Major Action: 6/27/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.3283 : Ending Housing Discrimination Against Servicemembers and Veterans Act of 2012. A bill to amend the Fair Housing Act to protect servicemembers and veterans from housing discrimination, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Brown, Scott P. [MA] (introduced 6/11/2012) Cosponsors (None)

Latest Major Action: 6/11/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

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S.3308 : Homeless Vets Benefits Improvement. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the furnishing of benefits for homeless veterans who are women or who have dependents, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Heller, Dean [NV] (introduced 6/18/2012) Cosponsors (5)

Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs 84

Latest Major Action: 6/27/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.3309 : Homeless Veterans Assistance Improvement Act of 2012. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the assistance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs to homeless veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Murray, Patty [WA] (introduced 6/18/2012) Cosponsors (1)

Latest Major Action: 6/27/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.3313 : Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvements Act of 2012. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the assistance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs to women veterans, to improve health care furnished by the Department, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Murray, Patty [WA] (introduced 6/19/2012) Cosponsors (4) Related Bills: H.R.6527

Latest Major Action: 12/17/2012 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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S.3316 : Vet Job Search Assistance. A bill to require the Secretary of Labor to carry out a pilot program on providing veterans with access at One-Stop Centers to Internet websites to facilitate online job searches, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Toomey, Pat [PA] (introduced 6/20/2012) Cosponsors (1)

Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs

Latest Major Action: 6/27/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.3318 : GI Bill Protection Act of 2012. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to prohibit the use of the phrases GI Bill and Post-9/11 GI Bill to give a false impression of approval or endorsement by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] (introduced 6/20/2012) Cosponsors (14)

Latest Major Action: 6/20/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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S.3322 : Servicemembers' Protection Act of 2012. A bill to strengthen enforcement and clarify certain provisions of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, and chapter 43 of title 38, United States Code, and to reconcile, restore, clarify, and conform similar provisions in other related civil rights statutes, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH] (introduced 6/20/2012) Cosponsors (11)

Latest Major Action: 9/12/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably. 85

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S.3323 : Military Family Home Protection Act. A bill to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to improve the protections for servicemembers against mortgage foreclosures, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Rockefeller, John D., IV [WV] (introduced 6/20/2012) Cosponsors (2) Related Bills: H.R.4310, H.R.5747

Latest Major Action: 6/20/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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S.3324 : Housing for Families of Ill and Injured Veterans Act of 2012. A bill to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to award grants to nonprofit organizations for the construction of facilities for temporary lodging in connection with the examination, treatment, or care of a veteran under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Brown, Scott P. [MA] (introduced 6/20/2012) Cosponsors (1)

Latest Major Action: 6/27/2012 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

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S.3348 : VA Multifamily Transitional Housing Loan Program. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the multifamily transitional housing loan program of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] (introduced 6/27/2012) Cosponsors (None)

Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 6/27/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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S.3349 : Zero Tolerance for Veterans Homelessness Act of 2012. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, and the United States Housing Act of 1937 to enhance and expand the assistance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to homeless veterans and veterans at risk of homelessness, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Reed, Jack [RI] (introduced 6/27/2012) Cosponsors (None)

Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Latest Major Action: 6/27/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Latest Major Action: 6/27/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

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S.3353 : Recognition of Veterans Military Experience. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to require States to recognize the military experience of veterans when issuing licenses and credentials to veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Burr, Richard [NC] (introduced 6/28/2012). Cosponsors (None) Related Bills: S.3555

Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs 86

Latest Major Action: 6/28/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

Latest Major Action: 6/28/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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S.3405 : Veterans Small Business Protection Act of 2012. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to treat small businesses bequeathed to spouses and dependents by members of the Armed Forces killed in line of duty as small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans for purposes of Department of Veterans Affairs contracting goals and preferences, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Heller, Dean [NV] (introduced 7/19/2012). Cosponsors (3) Related Bills: S.3555

Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs

Latest Major Action: 7/19/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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S.3429 : Veterans Jobs Corps Act of 2012. A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a veterans jobs corps, and for other purposes. Cosponsors (2) Related Bills: H.R.6455

Sponsor: Sen Nelson, Bill [FL] (introduced 7/24/2012)

Latest Major Action: 7/31/2012 Senate floor actions. Status: Motion to proceed to consideration of measure made in Senate.

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S.3457 : Veterans Jobs Corps Act of 2012. A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a veterans jobs corps, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Nelson, Bill [FL] (introduced 7/30/2012) Cosponsors (10) Related Bills: S.3429, H.R.6455

Latest Major Action: 9/19/2012 Senate floor actions. Status: Returned to the Calendar. Calendar No. 476.

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S.3511 : VA Vet Transport Authorization. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to transport individuals to and from facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs in connection with rehabilitation, counseling, examination, treatment, and care, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Tester, Jon [MT] (introduced 8/2/2012) Cosponsors (2)

Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs

Latest Major Action: 8/2/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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S.3530 : Philippine WWII Military Service Verification. A bill to require the Secretary of Defense to establish a process to determine whether individuals claiming certain service in the Philippines during World War II are eligible for certain benefits despite not being on the Missouri List, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Heller, Dean [NV] (introduced 9/12/2012) Cosponsors (None)

Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs

Latest Major Action: 9/12/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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S.3536 : VOW to Hire Heroes Extension Act of 2012. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the work opportunity credit for hiring veterans, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Blumenthal, Richard [CT] (introduced 9/12/2012) Cosponsors (7)

Committees: Senate Finance

Latest Major Action: 9/12/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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S.3555 : Careers for Veterans Act of 2012. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to require Federal agencies to hire veterans, to require States to recognize the military experience of veterans when issuing licenses and credentials to veterans, and for other purposes

Sponsor: Sen Burr, Richard [NC] (introduced 9/19/2012) Cosponsors (2) Related Bills: H.R.4051, S.2246, S.3210, S.3353, S.3405, S.3555

Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs

Latest Major Action: 9/19/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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S.3596 : Honoring Service Through National Park Access Act. A bill to make the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass available at a discount to veterans.

Sponsor: Sen Tester, Jon [MT] (introduced 9/20/2012) Cosponsors (1) Related Bills: H.R.3335, S.1359

Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources

Latest Major Action: 9/20/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

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S.3619 : Streamlining Services for Older Veterans Act. A bill to amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to provide for outreach, and coordination of services, to veterans.

Sponsor: Sen Manchin, Joe, III [WV] (introduced 9/21/2012) Cosponsors (None) Related Bills: S.3562

Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Latest Major Action: 9/21/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

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S.3640 : Clothe a Homeless Hero Act. A bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, to transfer unclaimed clothing recovered at airport security checkpoints to local veterans organizations and other local charitable organizations, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Toomey, Pat [PA] (introduced 11/27/2012) Cosponsors (None) Related Bills: H.R.2179, H.R.6328

Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Latest Major Action: 11/27/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

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S.3698 : VSO Access to Federal surplus Property. A bill to amend title 40, United States Code, to improve veterans service organizations access to Federal surplus personal property.

Sponsor: Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] (introduced 12/19/2012) Cosponsors (3) Related Bills: H.R.6114

Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform 88

Latest Major Action: 12/20/2012 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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S.3702 : Vet Treatment Court Grants. A bill to provide grants to establish veteran's treatment courts.

Sponsor: Sen Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 12/20/2012) Cosponsors (3)

Committees: Senate Judiciary

Latest Major Action: 12/20/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

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Source: http://thomas.loc.gov/home/LegislativeData.php?n=Browse 28 Dec 2012 ++


 

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13 July 2009: Of the 1433 Senate pieces of legislation introduced in the 111th Congress to date, the following are of interest to the non-active duty veteran community.

A good indication on the likelihood a bill of being forwarded to the House or Senate for passage and subsequently being signed into law by the President is the number of cosponsors who have signed onto the bill. An alternate way for it to become law is if it is added as an addendum to another bill such as the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and survives the conference committee assigned to iron out the difference between the House and Senate bills.
At http://thomas.loc.gov you can review a copy of each bill’s text, determine its current status, the committee it has been assigned to, who your representative is and his/her phone number, mailing address, or email/website to communicate with a message or letter of your own making, and if your legislator is a sponsor or cosponsor of it. To separately determine what bills, amendments your representative has sponsored, cosponsored, or dropped sponsorship on refer to http://thomas.loc.gov/bss/d111/sponlst.html  To review a numerical list of all bills introduced refer to http://thomas.loc.gov/bss/111search.html  The key to increasing co sponsorship is letting legislators know of their constituent’s views on issues. These bills* that are being pushed by various veterans groups for passage and by clicking on that website you can forward a message to your legislator requesting he/she support the bill.

United States Senate website: http://www.senate.gov/ To contact Members of the U.S Senate, go to: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm  


S.35 : IRS Sales Tax Permanent Deduction. A bill to provide a permanent deduction for State and local general sales taxes. Companion Bill H.R.369. Sponsor: Sen Hutchison, Kay Bailey [TX] (introduced 1/6/2009) Cosponsors (6) Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major Action: 1/6/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.66 : Disabled Vet Space A. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to permit former members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability rated as total to travel on military aircraft in the same manner and to the same extent as retired members of the Armed Forces are entitled to travel on such aircraft. Sponsor: Sen Inouye, Daniel K. [HI] (introduced 1/6/2009) Cosponsors (2) Committees: Senate Armed Services Latest Major Action: 1/6/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

S.67 : Disabled POW Commissary/Exchange Use. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize certain disabled former prisoners of war to use Department of Defense commissary and exchange stores. Sponsor: Sen Inouye, Daniel K. [HI] (introduced 1/6/2009) Cosponsors (None) Committees: Senate Armed Services Latest Major Action: 1/6/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

S.68 : Filipino Service Certification. A bill to require the Secretary of the Army to determine the validity of the claims of certain Filipinos that they performed military service on behalf of the United States during World War II. Sponsor: Sen Inouye, Daniel K. [HI] (introduced 1/6/2009) Cosponsors (None) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 1/6/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.94 : Long-Term Care Family Accessibility Act. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a nonrefundable tax credit for long-term care insurance premiums. Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 1/6/2009) Cosponsors (None) Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major Action: 1/6/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. Major Action: 1/13/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.239 : Veterans Health Equity Act of 2009. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that veterans in each of the 48 contiguous States are able to receive services in at least one full-service hospital of the Veterans Health Administration in the State or receive comparable services provided by contract in the State. Sponsor: Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] (introduced 1/14/2009) Cosponsors (1) Companion Bill H.R.190 Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 1/14/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.246 : Veterans Health Care Quality Improvement Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the quality of care provided to veterans in Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities, to encourage highly qualified doctors to serve in hard-to-fill positions in such medical facilities, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] (introduced 1/14/2009) Cosponsors (None) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 1/14/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.252 : Veterans Health Care Authorization Act of 2009. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to enhance the capacity of the Department of Veterans Affairs to recruit and retain nurses and other critical health-care professionals, to improve the provision of health care veterans, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Akaka, Daniel K. [HI] (introduced 1/15/2009) Cosponsors (5) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 5/21/2009 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.

S.263 : Servicemembers Access to Justice Act of 2009. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the enforcement of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, and for other purposes. Companion Bill H.R.1474. Sponsor: Sen Casey, Robert P., Jr. [PA] (introduced 1/15/2009) Cosponsors (3) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/29/2009 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

S.274 : Veterans Jobs Opportunity Act of 2009. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an incentive to hire unemployed veterans. Sponsor: Sen Baucus, Max [MT] (introduced 1/16/2009) Cosponsors (1) Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major Action: 1/16/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.296 : Fair Tax Act of 2009. A bill to promote freedom, fairness, and economic opportunity by repealing the income tax and other taxes, abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, and enacting a national sales tax to be administered primarily by the States. Sponsor: Sen Chambliss, Saxby [GA] (introduced 1/22/2009) Cosponsors (4) Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major Action: 1/22/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.307 : Critical Access Hospital Flexibility Act of 2009. A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide flexibility in the manner in which beds are counted for purposes of determining whether a hospital may be designated as a critical access hospital under the Medicare program and to exempt from the critical access hospital inpatient bed limitation the number of beds provided for certain veterans. Companion Bill H.R.668 Sponsor: Sen Wyden, Ron [OR] (introduced 1/22/2009) Cosponsors (13) Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major Action: 1/22/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.315 : Veterans Outreach Improvement Act of 2009. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the outreach activities of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. Companion Bill H.R.32 Sponsor: Sen Feingold, Russell D. [WI] (introduced 1/26/2009) Cosponsors (1) Related Bill H.R.2257 Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/29/2009 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

S.347 : Vet Hand Loss Traumatic Injury Protection. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to allow the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to distinguish between the severity of a qualifying loss of a dominant hand and a qualifying loss of a non-dominant hand for purposes of traumatic injury protection under Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Ensign, John [NV] (introduced 1/29/2009) Cosponsors (1) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/29/2009 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

S.402 : Keeping Our Promise to America's Military Veterans Act. A bill to improve the lives of our Nation's veterans and their families and provide them with the opportunity to achieve the American dream. Sponsor: Sen Snowe, Olympia J. [ME] (introduced 2/10/2009) Cosponsors (4) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 2/10/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.404 : Veterans' Emergency Care Fairness Act of 2009. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to expand veteran eligibility for reimbursement by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for emergency treatment furnished in a non-Department facility, and for other purposes. Companion Bill H.R.1377. Sponsor: Sen Akaka, Daniel K. [HI] (introduced 2/10/2009) Cosponsors (1) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 2/10/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.407 : Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2009. A bill to increase, effective as of December 1, 2009, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Akaka, Daniel K. [HI] (introduced 2/10/2009) Cosponsors (17) Related bill H.R.1513 Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Senate Reports: 111-24 Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 111-37 [GPO: Text, PDF]

S.423 : Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009.  *A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize advance appropriations for certain medical care accounts of the Department of Veterans Affairs by providing two-fiscal year budget authority, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Akaka, Daniel K. [HI] (introduced 2/12/2009) Cosponsors (53) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 5/21/2009 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably. To support this bill and/or contact your Senators send a message http://capwiz.com/usdr/issues/alert/?alertid=12703276

S.491 : Federal and Military Retiree Health Care Equity Act. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow Federal civilian and military retirees to pay health insurance premiums on a pretax basis and to allow a deduction for TRICARE supplemental premiums. Sponsor: Sen Webb, Jim [VA] (introduced 2/26/2009) Cosponsors (38) Companion Bill H.R.1203 Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major Action: 2/26/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.498 : Vet Dental Insurance. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize dental insurance for veterans and survivors and dependents of veterans, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Burr, Richard [NC] (introduced 2/26/2009) Cosponsors (None) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 2/26/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
S.514 : Veterans Rehabilitation and Training Improvements Act of 2009. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to enhance vocational rehabilitation benefits for veterans, and for other purposes. Companion Bill H.R.297. Sponsor: Sen Akaka, Daniel K. [HI] (introduced 3/3/2009) Cosponsors (1) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/29/2009 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

S.535 : SBP DIC Offset Elimination. *A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to repeal requirement for reduction of survivor annuities under the Survivor Benefit Plan by veterans' dependency and indemnity compensation, and for other purposes. Companion Bill H.775. Sponsor: Sen Nelson, Bill [FL] (introduced 3/5/2009) Cosponsors (48) Committees: Senate Armed Services Latest Major Action: 3/5/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

S.543 : Veteran and Servicemember Family Caregiver Support Act of 2009. A bill to require a pilot program on training, certification, and support for family caregivers of seriously disabled veterans and members of the Armed Forces to provide caregiver services to such veterans and members, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] (introduced 3/6/2009) Cosponsors (12) Companion Bill H.R.785. Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/6/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.546 : Retired Pay Restoration Act of 2009. *A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to permit certain retired members of the uniformed services who have a service-connected disability to receive both disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs for their disability and either retired pay by reason of their years of military service of Combat-Related Special Compensation. Companion Bill H.R.811. Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced 3/9/2009) Cosponsors (40) Committees: Senate Armed Services Latest Major Action: 3/9/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

S.572 : Purple Heart Forever Stamp. A bill to provide for the issuance of a "forever stamp" to honor the sacrifices of the brave men and women of the armed forces who have been awarded the Purple Heart. Companion Bill H.R.1305. Sponsor: Sen Webb, Jim [VA] (introduced 3/11/2009) Cosponsors (12) Committees: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/23/2009 Referred to Senate subcommittee. Status: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs referred to Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security.

S.597 : Women Veterans Health Care Improvement Act of 2009. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to expand and improve health care services available to women veterans, especially those serving in operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. Companion Bill H.R.1211 Sponsor: Sen Murray, Patty [WA] (introduced 3/16/2009) Cosponsors (20) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/16/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.606 : Veterans Corps Program. A bill to amend the National and Community Service Act of 1990 to establish a Veterans Corps program. Sponsor: Sen Warner, Mark R. [VA] (introduced 3/17/2009) Cosponsors (None) Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Latest Major Action: 3/17/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.614 : WASP Gold Medal Award. A bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots ("WASP"). Sponsor: Sen Hutchison, Kay Bailey [TX] (introduced 3/17/2009) Cosponsors (75) Companion Bill H.R.2014 Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 111-40 [GPO: Text, PDF]

S.642 : Health Care for Members of the Armed Forces Exposed to Chemical Hazards Act of 2009. A bill to require the Secretary of Defense to establish registries of members and former members of the Armed Forces exposed in the line of duty to occupational and environmental health chemical hazards, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide health care to veterans exposed to such hazards, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Bayh, Evan [IN] (introduced 3/19/2009) Cosponsors (6) Committees: Senate Armed Services Latest Major Action: 3/19/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

S.644 : National Guard and Reserve Retired Pay Equity Act of 2009.* A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to include service after September 11, 2001, as service qualifying for the determination of a reduced eligibility age for receipt of non-regular service retired pay. Sponsor: Sen Chambliss, Saxby [GA] (introduced 3/19/2009) Cosponsors (12) Companion Bill H.R.208 Related Bill S.831 Committees: Senate Armed Services Latest Major Action: 3/19/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

S.658 : Rural Veterans Health Care Improvement Act of 2009. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve health care for veterans who live in rural areas, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Tester, Jon [MT] (introduced 3/19/2009) Cosponsors (7) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/19/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.663 : Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act of 2009. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish the Merchant Mariner Equity Compensation Fund to provide benefits to certain individuals who served in the United States merchant marine (including the Army Transport Service and the Naval Transport Service) during World War II. Sponsor: Sen Nelson, E. Benjamin [NE] (introduced 3/19/2009) Cosponsors (37) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/29/2009 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

S.669 : Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the conditions under which certain persons may be treated as adjudicated mentally incompetent for certain purposes. Sponsor: Sen Burr, Richard [NC] (introduced 3/23/2009) Cosponsors (15) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 6/16/2009 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 78.

S.691 : Colorado National Cemetery for Veterans. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a national cemetery for veterans in southern Colorado region, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Bennet, Michael F. [CO] (introduced 3/25/2009) Cosponsors (1) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/29/2009 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

S.699 : South Texas Veterans' Hospital. A bill to provide for the construction by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs of a full service hospital in Far South Texas. Sponsor: Sen Cornyn, John [TX] (introduced 3/25/2009) Cosponsors (1) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/25/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.700 : Ending the Medicare Disability Waiting Period Act of 2009. A bill to amend title II of the Social Security Act to phase out the 24-month waiting period for disabled individuals to become eligible for Medicare benefits, to eliminate the waiting period for individuals with life-threatening conditions, and for other purposes. Companion Bill H.R.1708. Sponsor: Sen Bingaman, Jeff [NM] (introduced 3/25/2009) Cosponsors (17) Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major Action: 3/25/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.728 : Veterans' Insurance and Benefits Enhancement Act of 2009. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to enhance veterans' insurance benefits, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Akaka, Daniel K. [HI] (introduced 3/26/2009) Cosponsors (None) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 5/21/2009 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Ordered to be reported with an amendment favorably.

S.731 : TRICARE Coverage For "Gray Area" Reservists. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for continuity of TRICARE Standard coverage for certain members of the Retired Reserve. Companion Bill H.R.270 Sponsor: Sen Nelson, E. Benjamin [NE] (introduced 3/26/2009) Cosponsors (21) Committees: Senate Armed Services Latest Major Action: 3/26/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

S.734 : Rural Veterans Health Care Access and Quality Act of 2009. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the capacity of the Department of Veterans Affairs to recruit and retain physicians in Health Professional Shortage Areas and to improve the provision of health care to veterans in rural areas, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Akaka, Daniel K. [HI] (introduced 3/30/2009) Cosponsors (2) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 3/30/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.746 : Nebraska National Cemetery. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a national cemetery in the Sarpy County region to serve veterans in eastern Nebraska, western Iowa, and northwest Missouri. Sponsor: Sen Nelson, E. Benjamin [NE] (introduced 3/31/2009) Cosponsors (1) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/29/2009 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

S.760 : National World War I Memorial. A bill to designate the Liberty Memorial at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, as the "National World War I Memorial". Sponsor: Sen McCaskill, Claire [MO] (introduced 4/1/2009) Cosponsors (1) Related Bill H.R.1849 Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources Latest Major Action: 4/1/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.768 : Bataan Gold Medal Initiative. A bill to grant the Congressional Gold Medal to the soldiers from the United States who were prisoners of war at Bataan during World War II. Sponsor: Sen Udall, Tom [NM] (introduced 4/1/2009) Cosponsors (7) Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/1/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.772 : Honor Act of 2009. A bill to enhance benefits for survivors of certain former members of the Armed Forces with a history of post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury, to enhance availability and access to mental health counseling for members of the Armed Forces and veterans, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Bond, Christopher S. [MO] (introduced 4/1/2009) Cosponsors (11) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/1/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.793 : Department of Veterans Affairs Vision Scholars Act of 2009. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a scholarship program for students seeking a degree or certificate in the areas of visual impairment and orientation and mobility.
Sponsor: Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH] (introduced 4/2/2009) Cosponsors (1) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/2/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.801 : Family Caregiver Program Act of 2009.  *A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to waive charges for humanitarian care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs to family members accompanying veterans severely injured after September 11, 2001, as they receive medical care from the Department and to provide assistance to family caregivers, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Akaka, Daniel K. [HI] (introduced 4/2/2009) Cosponsors (14) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 5/21/2009 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.  To support this bill and/or contact your Senators send a message via                      http://capwiz.com/usdr/issues/alert/?alertid=13104956&queueid=[capwiz:queue_id]

S.820 : Veterans Mobility Enhancement Act of 2009. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to enhance the automobile assistance allowance for veterans, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] (introduced 4/2/2009) Cosponsors (None) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/29/2009 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

S.821 : VA Copay Collection Prohibition. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from collecting certain copayments from veterans who are catastrophically disabled, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] (introduced 4/2/2009) Cosponsors (None) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/2/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read the second time and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.831 : National Guard and Reserve Retired Pay Equity Act of 2009.  *A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to include service after September 11, 2001, as service qualifying for the determination of a reduced eligibility age for receipt of non-regular service retired pay. Sponsor: Sen Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 4/20/2009) Cosponsors (17) Related Bill S.644 Committees: Senate Armed Services Latest Major Action: 4/20/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services. To support this bill and/or contact your Senators send a message via               http://www.ngaus.org/content.asp?bid=1805

S.832 : MOAA Federal Charter. A bill to amend title 36, United States Code, to grant a Federal charter to the Military Officers Association of America, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Nelson, Bill [FL] (introduced 4/20/2009) Cosponsors (32) Companion Bill H.R.2017 Committees: Senate Judiciary Latest Major Action: 4/20/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.842 : VA Home Loan Payoff to Mortgagers. A bill to repeal the sunset of certain enhancements of protections of servicemembers relating to mortgages and mortgage foreclosures, to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay mortgage holders unpaid balances on housing loans guaranteed by Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 4/21/2009) Cosponsors (None) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/21/2009 4/29/2009 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

S.847 : SBP Education Assistance Limitation Exclusion. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide that utilization of survivors' and dependents' educational assistance shall not be subject to the 48-month limitation on the aggregate amount of assistance utilizable under multiple veterans and related educational assistance programs. Sponsor: Sen Webb, Jim [VA] (introduced 4/21/2009) Cosponsors (None) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/29/2009 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held.

S.883 : Medal of Honor Coin. A bill to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition and celebration of the establishment of the Medal of Honor in 1861, America's highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States, to honor the American military men and women who have been recipients of the Medal of Honor, and to promote awareness of what the Medal of Honor represents and how ordinary Americans, through courage, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism, can challenge fate and change the course of history. Sponsor: Sen Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 4/23/2009) Cosponsors (23) Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Latest Major Action: 4/23/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.902 : Veteran's Treatment Courts. A bill to provide grants to establish veteran's treatment courts. Sponsor: Sen Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 4/27/2009) Cosponsors (2) Related Bill H.R.2127 Committees: Senate Judiciary Latest Major Action: 4/27/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S. 944 - The Wounded Warrior Transition Assistance Act. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to require the Secretaries of the military departments to give wounded members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces the option of remaining on active duty during the transition process in order to continue to receive military pay and allowances, to authorize members to reside at their permanent places of residence during the process, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Feingold, Russell D. [WI] (introduced 4/30/2009) Cosponsors (3) Committees: Senate Armed Services Latest Major Action: 4/30/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

S.977 : Prisoner of War Benefits Act of 2009. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide improved benefits for veterans who are former prisoners of war, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Murray, Patty [WA] (introduced 5/5/2009) Cosponsors (None) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 5/5/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.998 : Arthur Woolweaver, Jr., Social Security Act Improvements for the Terminally Ill Act. A bill to amend title II of the Social Security Act to eliminate the five-month waiting period in the disability insurance program, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH] (introduced 5/7/2009) Cosponsors (2) Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major Action: 5/7/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1008 : Military Retired Pay Fairness Act of 2009. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to limit requirements of separation pay, special separation benefits, and voluntary separation incentive from members of the Armed Forces subsequently receiving retired or retainer pay. Sponsor: Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] (introduced 5/7/2009) Cosponsors (3) Companion bill H.R.2302 Committees: Senate Armed Services Latest Major Action: 5/7/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

S.1015 : Enhanced Disability Compensation for Certain Disabled Veterans. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to enhance disability compensation for certain disabled veterans with difficulties using prostheses and disabled veterans in need of regular aid and attendance for residuals of traumatic brain injury, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Burr, Richard [NC] (introduced 5/11/2009) Cosponsors (2) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 5/11/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.1016 : Vet Disability Compensation Award upon Separation. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to modify the commencement of the period of payment of original awards of compensation for veterans who are retired or separated from the Uniformed services for disability. Sponsor: Sen Burr, Richard [NC] (introduced 5/11/2009) Cosponsors (None) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 5/11/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.1042 : Illegal Garnishment Prevention Act. A bill to prohibit the use of funds to promote the direct deposit of Veterans and Social Security benefits until adequate safeguards are established to prevent the attachment and garnishment of such benefits. Sponsor: Sen Kohl, Herb [WI] (introduced 5/14/2009) Cosponsors (1) Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major Action: 5/14/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1055 : Gold Medal Award for 100th Inf Bn & 442nd RCT. A bill to grant the congressional gold medal, collectively, to the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, United States Army, in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II. Sponsor: Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] (introduced 5/14/2009) Cosponsors (3) Related bill H.R.347 Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Latest Major Action: 5/14/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.1106 : Selected Reserve Continuum of Care Act. A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to require the provision of medical and dental readiness services to certain members of the Selected Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve based on medical need, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Lincoln, Blanche L. [AR] (introduced 5/20/2009) Cosponsors (5) Committees: Senate Armed Services Latest Major Action: 5/20/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

S.1109 : PRO-VETS Act of 2009. A bill to provide veterans with individualized notice about available benefits, to streamline application processes or the benefits, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] (introduced 5/20/2009) Cosponsors (None) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 5/20/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.1118 : DIC Compensation Rate Increase to 55%. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for an increase in the amount of monthly dependency and indemnity compensation payable to surviving spouses by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Lincoln, Blanche L. [AR] (introduced 5/21/2009) Cosponsors (3) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 5/21/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.1128 : Atomic Veterans Service Medal Act. A bill to authorize the award of a military service medal to members of the Armed Forces who were exposed to ionizing radiation as a result of participation in the testing of nuclear weapons or under other circumstances. Sponsor: Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] (introduced 5/21/2009) Cosponsors (1) Related bill H.R.2553 Committees: Senate Armed Services Latest Major Action: 5/21/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

S.1160 : Homes for Heroes Act of 2009. A bill to provide housing assistance for very low-income veterans. Sponsor: Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] (introduced 6/1/2009) Cosponsors (5) Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Latest Major Action: 6/1/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.1166 : Voluntary Support for Reservists and National Guard Members Act of 2009. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow taxpayers to designate part or all of any income tax refund to support reservists and National Guard members. Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced 6/3/2009) Cosponsors (1) Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major Action: 6/3/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1168 : Nationally Significant Battlefields Protection. A bill to authorize the acquisition and protection of nationally significant battlefields and associated sites of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 under the American Battlefield Protection Program. Sponsor: Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] (introduced 6/3/2009) Cosponsors (1) Related Bill H.R.1694 Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources Latest Major Action: 7/15/2009 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Subcommittee on National Parks. Date of scheduled hearing. SD-366. 2:30 p.m.

S.1169 : Uniformed Services with Autism (USA) Heroes Act . A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for the treatment of autism under TRICARE. Sponsor: Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] (introduced 6/3/2009) Cosponsors (6) Committees: Senate Armed Services Latest Major Action: 6/3/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

S.1204 : Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act of 2009. A bill to amend the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Programs Enhancement Act of 2001 to require the provision of chiropractic care and services to veterans at all Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Murray, Patty [WA] (introduced 6/8/2009) Cosponsors (1) Related bill H.R.1017 Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 6/8/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.1237 : Homeless Women Veterans and Homeless Veterans with Children Act of 2009. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to expand the grant program for homeless veterans with special needs to include male homeless veterans with minor dependents and to establish a grant program for reintegration of homeless women veterans and homeless veterans with children, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Murray, Patty [WA] (introduced 6/11/2009) Cosponsors (2) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 6/11/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.1337 : Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act of 2009. A bill to exempt children of certain Filipino World War II veterans from the numerical limitations on immigrant visas. Sponsor: Sen Akaka, Daniel K. [HI] (introduced 6/24/2009) Cosponsors (3) Committees: Senate Judiciary Latest Major Action: 6/24/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.1347 : Carmelo Rodriguez Military Medical Accountability Act of 2009. A bill to amend chapter 171 of title 28, United States Code, to allow members of the Armed Forces to sue the United States for damages for certain injuries caused by improper medical care, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] (introduced 6/24/2009) Cosponsors (None) Committees: Senate Judiciary Latest Major Action: 6/24/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.1394 : Veterans Entitlement to Service Act of 2009. A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to acknowledge the receipt of medical, disability, and pension claims and other communications submitted by claimants, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] (introduced 7/6/2009) Cosponsors (None) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/6/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.1427 : VA Hospital Quality Report Card. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to establish a Hospital Quality Report Card Initiative to report on health care quality in Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Wyden, Ron [OR] (introduced 7/9/2009) Cosponsors (1) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/9/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S.1429 : PTSD/TBI Discrimination Commission. A bill to establish a commission on veterans and members of the Armed Forces with post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, or other mental health disorders, to enhance the capacity of mental health care providers to assist such veterans and members, to ensure such veterans are not discriminated against, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Wyden, Ron [OR] (introduced 7/9/2009) Cosponsors (None) Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 7/9/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.




 



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