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  • Stivers Reintroduces Bill to Pair Veterans and Service Dogs to Treat Mental Illness
    Posted in Press Releases on March 1, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) and 218 bipartisan cosponsors reintroduced H.R. 1448, the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act. With 218 of his colleagues signed on in support, if a vote were held today, the threshold for passage would be met. The PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act will create a pilot program within the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) to give veterans access to treatment derived from working with service dogs. Spe... Read more

  • Stivers and Schneider Introduce Legislation Honoring Veteran Small Business Owners
    Posted in Press Releases on November 13, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Veterans

    WASHINGTON – Last week, Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Brad Schneider (D-IL) introduced a resolution to honor veteran and military entrepreneurs, by designating an annual “Veteran-Owned Small Business Week.” This legislation is also sponsored by Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Jason Crow (D-CO). Specifically, this resolution celebrates veteran small business owners for their entrepreneurial spirit and hard work. Businesses owned by veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces have ma... Read more

  • Stivers' Policies to Address Veteran Suicide are Now Signed Into Law
    Posted in Press Releases on October 21, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and Military , Fixing Health Care, Veterans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last Saturday, a bill introduced by Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Andy Levin (D-MI) was signed into law as part of the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, a comprehensive mental health care reform bill to support veterans. Their bipartisan bill, the VA Emergency Department Safety Planning Act, will help ensure emergency room personnel are effectively implementing safety plans and follow-ups for veterans deemed to be at risk of su... Read more

  • Stivers, Levin Introduce Legislation to Address Veteran Suicide
    Posted in Press Releases on August 25, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    “Simple interventions can save lives. As a Brigadier General in the Ohio Army National Guard, I understand the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform, and we owe it to them to take explore every possibility that could curb the suicide epidemic facing our veterans,” Stivers said. “Something as simple as a follow-up after emergency treatment is a no-brainer. I’m grateful to both the VA for implementing this program, and to Representative Levin for making sure it works as best as it can.” Read more

  • ICYMI: Stivers Priorities Advance in NDAA
    Posted in Press Releases on July 24, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and Military , Veterans

    “The NDAA is Congress’s commitment to our men and women in uniform, it lets them know that we’ve got their backs,” Stivers said. “That commitment needs to continue even after they have separated from the military, and I was pleased to work with my colleagues across the aisle to address a number of challenging issues that face our servicemembers.” Read more

  • Stivers Joins Moore to Offer Amendment Addressing Maternal Mortality
    Posted in Press Releases on July 14, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fixing Health Care, Veterans

    WASHINGTON – Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) joined Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI) to offer an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) aimed at addressing the maternal mortality crisis. The maternal mortality rate in the United States is the only developed country in which maternal mortality rates continue to increase, while decreasing globally. This amendment prioritizes ongoing efforts from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to identify, characterize, and provide a d... Read more

  • Stivers, Peters Offer Amendment to Support Homeless Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on July 14, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Financial Services, Veterans

    WASHINGTON – Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Scott Peters (D-CA) introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to support veterans coping with homelessness. The bipartisan amendment seeks to tackle veteran homelessness by expanding the Department of Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program to ensure chronically homeless veterans discharged under conditions other-than-honorable (OTH), but not dishonorable, are eligibl... Read more

  • Stivers, Kuster Offer Bipartisan Amendment to Help Female Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on July 14, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Veterans

    WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) joined Representative Annie Kuster (D-N.H.) to offer an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) targeting the disproportional rate of female veteran unemployment. This amendment would require the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct a study on the unemployment rate of female veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces after September 11, 2001. “As a veteran myself, one of my ... Read more

  • 2020 State of the Union: Empowering America's Heroes
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 10, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    “I’m living now, I’m really living.” That’s how Walter Parker describes life since he was paired with his service dog, Jackson, six years ago. In 1967, Walter deployed to Vietnam and returned home with physical and invisible wounds, including post-traumatic stress (PTS), that took a toll on not only him, but his family and loved ones. For over 40 years, Walter was essentially homebound, unable to speak with people, and struggling with suicidal thoughts. Now, thanks to Jackson, he’s not only able... Read more

  • Rep. Stivers Announces His State of the Union Guest
    Posted in Press Releases on February 4, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON – Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH), welcomed Mr. Walter Parker, and his service dog, Jackson, as his guest for tonight’s State of the Union address. Walter, a Vietnam veteran is one of too many veterans suffering from invisible wounds following service. Almost fifty years ago, Walter spent two years in Vietnam, including time in Saigon during the Tet Offensive, and in DaNang. After spending decades struggling with post-traumatic stress (PTS), Walter was paired with his service dog ... Read more

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