Congressman Albio Sires Newsletter

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DEAR <>,

As we honor our veterans this Memorial Day, the House or Representatives has passed several bills this week to show our commitment to those that have bravely served our country. H.R. 1170 would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a grant program to encourage the development of new assistive technologies for specially adapted housing for disabled veterans. We are also working to guarantee employment rights for veterans with the passage of H.R. 1089, the Veterans Employment Rights Realignment Act, which would provide for the enforcement of employment and reemployment rights of veterans and members of the Armed Forces employed by Federal executive agencies.

Furthermore, H.R. 1088, the Mandatory Veteran Specialist Training Act, supports our disabled veterans by ensuring that individuals are properly trained to handle their needs. This bill would require disabled veterans' outreach program specialist or a local veterans' employment representative to complete the training program provided by the National Veterans' Employment and Training Services Institute within one year of being hired.

Additionally, I recently supported the fiscal year 2010 Budget Resolution Conference report which honors our veterans by providing an 11.7 percent increase for veterans’ health care and would also allow Congress to provide funding for VA medical care a year in advance. This change would ensure that VA is properly funded so that all our veterans are receiving the care they need and deserve. This budget also expands health care eligibility by allowing modest-income veterans to enroll in VA health care, as well as provides needed funding for the research and treatment of mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Thank you for reading my e-newsletter. I am committed to ensuring that veterans in the 13th District of New Jersey have access to the important care and services they were promised.

Sincerely,

Albio Sires

Albio Sires