Upcoming Votes to Help Veterans
by Blake Farenthold on February 13, 2017 at 9:56 AM
This week, the House will vote on two bills I cosponsored to help veterans after they finish their military service. Our veterans fought hard to protect our freedom, and upon their return, we must fight to ensure that they are taken care of.
The first bill is the HIRE Vets Act, introduced by my colleague, Rep. Paul Cook of California. This bill will promote private sector recruiting, hiring and retaining of men and women who served our nation honorably. The bill will create a medallion program that recognizes employers that hire veterans and provide a supportive environment to retain them.
In my office, I employ several veterans and am extremely grateful for the unique skills and experiences they bring to the table. Their hard work, leadership skills and background allow them to provide the best service to the citizens of the 27th District of Texas.
The second veteran bill the House will vote on this week is the WINGMAN Act, introduced by my colleague Ted Yoho of Florida. It will help my staff help veterans faster.
It will give certified congressional staff, like my Red Tape Cutters, access to case files they already have permission to possess without waiting for the VA as the middleman - a process that can take weeks or months. By reducing the time it takes for caseworkers to access the files they need to do their job, veterans will see faster turnaround times for their claims and receive more timely care.