Bills Benefiting Veterans

Date: 5/26/15
Title: Bills Benefiting Veterans

This week the House of Representatives passed six bills benefiting veterans and holding the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) accountable.  Government contractors may want to take note of the Brave Act.

 
H.R. 1382, Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment Act aka “The Brave Act” – authorizes the Department of Veteran Affairs to give preferences to companies that employ veterans on a full-time basis in awarding contracts for the procurement of goods and services.  The bill also allows the VA to bar employers who willfully misrepresent the veteran status of employees from contracting with the VA for five or more years.  
 
H.R. 1313, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Relief Act – amends the current law to allow a surviving spouse of a veteran who has a service-connected disability rating of 100%, or who dies as a result of a service-connected disability, to retain the veteran’s small business status for up to 10 years following death.  The bill also allows the surviving spouse of a veteran who has a service-connected disability rating of less than 100%, who does not die as a result of such service-connected disability, to retain the veteran’s small business status for up to three years following death.
 
H.R. 474, Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act of 2015 - reauthorizes at current levels the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) through fiscal year 2020 and clarifies that homeless veterans participating in the Department of Housing and Urban Development—VA Supported Housing program (HUD-VASH), and those transitioning from incarceration, are eligible for HVRP services.
 
H.R. 91, Veteran’s I.D. Card Act - requires the Secretary of the VA to issue an identification card to certain veterans who: request the card, received an honorable discharge from the Armed Forces; present a copy of the DD-214 form or other official document demonstrating such service; and, who pay a fee needed to cover the cost of the card. The card will serve as proof that the veteran served honorably in the Armed Forces and has appropriate documentation describing such service.
 
H.R. 1816, Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act of 2015 - amends the U.S. Housing Act of 1937 to exclude payments made to veterans’ health-care providers by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs for in-home health aid, assisted living, and nursing home expenses from counting toward the veterans’ gross income for purposes of determining eligibility for Section 8 voucher and public housing programs within the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
 
H.R. 1038, Ensuring VA Employee Accountability Act – requires the Secretary of the VA to retain a copy of any reprimand or admonishment any employee of the Department receives in that employee’s permanent record for as long as he or she is employed by the Department.
 
 

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