H.R. 4099 – Homeless Veteran Families Act

While homelessness among our nation’s veterans has recently declined by 47 percent, 39, 471 veterans are still homeless in the U.S. Veterans still account for over nine percent of all homeless adults and so there is more work to do for our homeless veterans.
This is why I urge you to join me in combating veteran homelessness by cosponsoring H.R. 4099, the
‘Homeless Veteran Families Act’.

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Prevent Overmedication and Combat Suicide Among Veterans: Cosponsor H.R. 2652, the Veteran Overmedication Prevention Act

As you know, the statistics related to veteran suicide and the overprescription of drugs to our nation’s veterans are striking. Every day, an average of 20 veterans die from suicide, and in 2014, veterans accounted for 18% of all deaths from suicide. The
risk of suicide is 21% higher for veterans than for the average U.S. adult. Furthermore, since 2001, we have seen a dramatic increase in narcotics prescriptions, and in the largest veteran populations, veterans die from accidental narcotic overdose at a 33%
higher rate than the rest of the population.

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H.R. 2147, Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act

While many veterans successfully readjust and transition back to civilian life after their military service, unfortunately, some do not.  Too often, those who do not successfully adjust are caught up in the criminal justice system – often due to undiagnosed
or untreated issues these veterans face related to their military service. These veterans have served our nation and I believe that whenever possible, we as a nation should find ways to help them rehabilitate themselves as they navigate the criminal justice
system. This is why I invite you to cosponsor H.R. 2147, the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act.

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Prevent Overmedication and Combat Suicide Among Veterans: Cosponsor H.R. 2652, the Veteran Overmedication Prevention Act

As you know, the statistics related to veteran suicide and the overprescription of drugs to our nation’s veterans are striking. Every day, an average of 20 veterans die from suicide, and in 2014, veterans accounted for 18% of all deaths from suicide. The
risk of suicide is 21% higher for veterans than for the average U.S. adult. Furthermore, since 2001, we have seen a dramatic increase in narcotics prescriptions, and in the largest veteran populations, veterans die from accidental narcotic overdose at a 33%
higher rate than the rest of the population.

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H.R. 2147, Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act

While many veterans successfully readjust and transition back to civilian life after their military service, unfortunately, some do not.  Too often, those who do not successfully adjust are caught up in the criminal justice system – often due to undiagnosed
or untreated issues these veterans face related to their military service. These veterans have served our nation and I believe that whenever possible, we as a nation should find ways to help them rehabilitate themselves as they navigate the criminal justice
system. This is why I invite you to cosponsor H.R. 2147, the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act.

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VA Needs to Focus on its Core Mission, not Hotel Property Management

Did you know that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) currently owns a 5-star, 24-room boutique hotel, restaurant, and club in downtown Paris, France? The hotel, Pershing Hall, is a building originally procured by the American Legion to serve as a memorial
to our “Doughboys” who served in France during World War I. The building was transferred to the VA in 1991 and in 1998, the VA leased Pershing Hall for a 99-year period to a French firm that redeveloped the property as a luxury hotel.

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H.R. 2147, Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act

While many veterans successfully readjust and transition back to civilian life after their military service, unfortunately, some do not.  Too often, those who do not successfully adjust are caught up in the criminal justice system – often due to undiagnosed
or untreated issues these veterans face related to their military service. These veterans have served our nation and I believe that whenever possible, we as a nation should find ways to help them rehabilitate themselves as they navigate the criminal justice
system. This is why I invite you to cosponsor H.R. 2147, the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act.

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H.R. 918 Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act

Right now, more than 20 veterans per day commit suicide. This suicide rate is unacceptable and we in Congress have an obligation to act. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) evidence shows that when combat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI) receive prompt and appropriate VA mental healthcare, the suicide rate drops. This is why I invite you to cosponsor H.R. 918, the
Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act, to direct the VA to provide critically needed mental health services to combat veterans with an other than honorable, or  “bad paper,” discharge.

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