Washington, D.C. – Today, three bipartisan bills led by U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) to support veterans’ transition to civilian life, improve veterans’ economic resources, and expand veterans’ access to mental health services passed the House of Representatives. Representative Levin’s remarks on those bills can be seen here.
The passed legislation includes:
• The Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act of 2019, which Representative Levin introducedwith Representative Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) to expand the eligibility to receive counseling from VA Vet Centers to members of the National Guard and Reserves or Coast Guard who served during emergency situations in the wake of a national emergency, major disaster,civil disorder, or drug interdiction operation.
•The Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William “Bill” Mulder (Ret.) Transition Improvement Act of 2019, a bill RepresentativeLevin introduced with Representative Jodey Arrington (R-TX) to improve the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) for servicemembers returning to civilian life.
•The Veterans’ Education, Transition, and Opportunity Prioritization Plan (VET OPP) Act of 2019, which Representative Levinintroduced with Representative Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) to prioritize veterans’ employment, transition, housing, and education benefits at VA.
See below for a transcript of Representative Levin’s remarks on the legislation or click here for video: