From the revolutionary war to those serving overseas today, members of the U.S. military over the years have bravely answered the call to serve time and time again. It is important we show our appreciation for their sacrifice by giving back to our veterans.
In my first two terms in office, I was proud to have two measures implemented to ensure we properly honor our veterans when they have passed. First, the Honor Those Who Served Act made it easier to provide headstones for veterans who currently do not have a headstone, or for those whose headstones have deteriorated. Second, the Place of Remembrance Act creates a Tomb of Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery for the interment of veterans’ remains from every military conflict moving forward.
We also must ensure that when our veterans return home, they have access to the proper care and the services they need to be successful. In the 112th Congress, I introduced the HIRE at Home Act to help make it easier for returning veterans in the fields of health care and transportation to find employment once they are home. I was proud to see this bill signed into law by the president.
Many veterans also come home with non-physical wounds and it is important we are prepared to treat these conditions. On January 14, 2015 I introduced the Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act to help give veterans dealing with PTSD an outlet to help themselves and other veterans. The bill would establish a pilot program at three to five VA facilities to connect veterans to local service dog training organizations, which would be responsible for the dogs’ housing and care. I plan to reintroduce this bill in the 115th Congress.
I also voted in favor of the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act, which was signed into law during the 113th Congress. This law provided $5 billion to the VA to train and hire additional physicians and medical staff, with an emphasis on improving mental health services. It is clear that much needs to be accomplished so our veterans can receive the care they earned and deserve.
I would like to thank all our veterans and those currently serving our nation so bravely. If you have a VA casework issue, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 740-654-2654 or click here to find answers to the most commonly asked questions about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
VIDEO: CLICK HERE for a video of Stivers speaking before the Veteran Affairs Subcommittee on Health on July 14, 2015 for the Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act.
VIDEO: CLICK HERE for a video of Stivers speaking on the House Floor on April 29, 2015 about his Amendment to the FY2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations.
VIDEO: CLICK HERE to view a video of Stivers honoring Colonel Thomas Moe.
VIDEO: CLICK HERE to view a video of Stivers' Memorial Day remarks.
VIDEO: CLICK HERE to see "The House Freshmen who Have Served 9/11 Tribute" video.
VIDEO: CLICK HERE to watch Stivers' wish the Army a Happy 237th Birthday.
VIDEO: CLICK HERE to see a video of Steve announcing his introduction of the HIRE at Home Act, legislation that will help get veterans back to work.
VIDEO: CLICK HERE to watch Stivers testify in support of his Place of Remembrance Act.
VIDEO: CLICK HERE to watch Stivers testify in support of his veterans jobs bill, the HIRE at Home Act.
VIDEO: CLICK HERE to watch Stivers' message to vets on Veterans Day 2013.
Veterans Legislation of Note:
H.R. 203 H.R. 288 H.R. 341 H.R. 423 H.R. 607 H.R. 960 H.R. 969 H.R. 1302 H.R. 1338 H.R. 1384 H.R. 3101 H.R. 313 H.R. 359 H.R. 22 H.R. 868 H.R. 1100 H.R. 1475 H.R. 1594 H.R. 1818 H.R. 3414 H.R. 3580
H.R. 32 H.R. 164 H.R. 241 H.R. 258 H.R. 303 H.R. 318 H.R. 333 H.R. 357 H.R. 503 H.R. 520 H.R. 543 H.R. 569 H.R. 596 H.R. 635 H.R. 894 H.R. 958 H.R. 1209 H.R. 1237 H.R. 1813 H.R. 2062 H.R. 2819 H.Res.128 H.R. 570 H.R. 690 H.R. 894 H.R. 958 H.R. 984 H.R. 1131 H.R. 1971 H.R. 183 H.R. 324 H.R. 401 H.R. 435 H.R. 679 H.R. 690 H.R. 755 H.R. 803 H.R. 833 H.R. 975 H.R. 1620 H.R. 1726 H.R. 1971 H.R. 2016 H.R. 2310 H.R. 2785 H.R. 2906 H.R. 3045 H.R. 3111 H.R. 3384 H.R. 2658 H.R. 3787 H.R. 3788 H.R. 3789 H.R. 3790 H.Res.128 H.R. 4031 H.R. 4261 H.R. 4446 H.R. 4810 H.R. 5059 H.R. 5172 H.R. 5349 H.Con.Res. 98
H.R. 208 H.R. 1154 H.R. 2051 H.R. 2433 H.R. 3216 H.R. 4115 H.R. 5735 H.R. 5983 H.R. 5984 H.R. 5985
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