Passing H.R. 3016 this Afternoon Will Break a Promise to Our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines

I write today to bring your attention to an urgent problem in H.R. 3016, The VA Provider Equity Act, and urge you to vote no on the bill. In it are many great provisions that help our Veterans and improve the VA. However, the way we are funding this bill is by cutting housing payments to children of Service Members. If they do not or are unable to transfer their GI Bill benefit within 180 days of enactment, their children will receive a 50% cut to their housing stipend.

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Help Our Heroes Transition from the Battlefield to the Classroom (v. 3)

Over one million veterans and active duty servicemembers in the United States attend college every year, and many face unique hardships in tra­nsitioning from the battlefield to the classroom. Some student veterans have been away from school for long periods, are older than their peers, have families to support, or struggle with service-related disabilities. These hurdles often lead talented veterans to drop out of school before graduating and limit potential job opportunities.

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Support H.R. 3779 to Protect Seniors, Veterans, and Children from Identity Theft (v. 2)

Please join us in the effort to prevent identity theft by becoming a cosponsor of H.R. 3779. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States and is cited by the Federal Trade Commission as “one of the most reported consumer fraud complaints.” In the current fiscal environment, identity theft and associated crimes, such as credit card and document fraud, threaten the financial security of millions of Americans, as well the economic stability of the United States as a whole.

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Stop President Obama from Housing Illegal Aliens on Military Installations (v. 2)

As you may know, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has requested assistance from the Department of Defense (DoD) to temporarily house Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) on military installations around the country. With this action, President Obama is setting a dangerous precedent in prioritizing his illegal executive amnesty agenda over the well-being of our military.

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Celebrate Black History Month

Please join me as an original co-sponsor of a resolution I intend to introduce, to support the goals and ideals of Black History Month and honor the outstanding contributions of African-American service members, including the eighty-eight African-Americans Medal of Honor recipients.

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Give Veterans Complete, Unrestricted Health Care Choice (v. 4)

I invite you to become a cosponsor of H.R. 3183, the Veterans Health Care Freedom Act, which grants veterans true choice for their health care, without geographic or provider restrictions. My legislation would give every veteran a new ‘Freedom Card’ to offer them the opportunity to receive hospital care and medical services from non-VA health providers, regardless of proximity to or wait times at a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facility.

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