Let's start the week off on a good note. Let's write or call those who are working tirelessly to ensure our vets have the benefits they were promised. Take a moment today to cheer Rep. Lane Evans, Sen. John Kerry, Rep. Bob Filner, Rep. Steve Buyer, and Rep. Marty Meehan on -- and ask them what we can do to help them in their work.
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- Rep. Lane Evans [D-IL #17] introduced the Comprehensive Assistance for Veterans Exposed to Traumatic Stressors Act of 2005. The legislation was crafted with the aim of improving the mental health benefits given our returning veterans. Tell him you have his back!
- Sen John Kerry [D-MA] introduced the Strengthening America's Armed Forces and Military Family Bill of Rights Act of 2005. The legislation will expand TRICARE, allow military widows to stay in base housing for one year, and expand PTSD programs and outreach among other things. Tell him you have his back!
- Rep. Bob Filner [D-CA #51] supports the GI Bill of Rights for the 21st Century, a comprehensive package of legislation to improve benefits for our men and women in uniform and for the nation's military retirees and veterans. Tell him you have his back!
- Rep. Steve Buyer [R-IN #4], Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, is a strong proponent of modernizing the GI Bill enabling members of the Guard and Reserve to continue their education after they are discharged. In addition, increasing the flexibility of benefits would enable veterans to prepare for a wider variety of good jobs and careers. Tell him you have his back!
- Rep. Marty Meehan [D-MA #5], a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, introduced the Help Extend Respect Owed to Every Soldier (H.E.R.O.E.S.) Act, which would create a peer support program to educate military personnel about PTSD, a DOD mass media campaign to raise awareness, as well as require that service members undergo a thorough mental and physical examination before being sent home. (If an examination reveals the need for treatment, it would be provided when the service member is back with his or her family.) Let him know who has his back!