Chairman Takano, Ranking Member Roe Statement on Passage of Historic Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano and Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe issued the following statement after the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, H.R. 299, was officially signed into law: “Today, we are proud to say that the tens of thousands of Blue Water Navy … Read moreChairman Takano, Ranking Member Roe Statement on Passage of Historic Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act

DAMA Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Ensuring Access to Disability Benefits for Veterans Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma.

  On Thursday, June 20, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs will hold an oversight hearing entitled, “Ensuring Access to Disability Benefits for Veterans Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma.”  Please follow and like us:

Chairman Takano: “We Must Break Down Barriers for Veterans from Minority and Underserved Communities”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) delivered opening remarks before the full committee legislative hearing to address pending legislation on educational and housing benefits, medicinal cannabis, and a requirement to provide critical VA resources in Spanish. Below is a link to the video of the Chairman’s opening statement … Read moreChairman Takano: “We Must Break Down Barriers for Veterans from Minority and Underserved Communities”

DAMA Subcommittee Oversight/Legislative Hearing: Ensuring Access to Disability Benefits for Veteran Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma.

  On Thursday, June 20, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs will hold an oversight hearing entitled, “Ensuring Access to Disability Benefits for Veterans Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma.” Watch the meeting here  Please follow and like us:

DAMA Subcommittee Oversight and Legislative Hearing: Ensuring Access to Disability Benefits for Veteran Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma.

  On Thursday, June 20, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs will hold a legislative and oversight hearing entitled, “Ensuring Access to Disability Benefits for Veteran Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma” that will address H.R. 1092 and an August 2018 VA OIG Report entitled, “Denied PTSD Claims Related to Military Sexual … Read moreDAMA Subcommittee Oversight and Legislative Hearing: Ensuring Access to Disability Benefits for Veteran Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma.

DAMA Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Ensuring Access to Disability Benefits for Veteran Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma.

  On Thursday, June 20, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs will hold an oversight hearing entitled, “Ensuring Access to Disability Benefits for Veterans Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma.”  Please follow and like us:

House, Senate Leaders Introduce Resolution to Commemorate 75th Anniversary of G.I. Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Chairman Mark Takano (D-Cali.) and Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, along with Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs,  introduced a resolution to designate the … Read moreHouse, Senate Leaders Introduce Resolution to Commemorate 75th Anniversary of G.I. Bill

Chairman Takano Statement Following Reports that VA Fast-Tracked Controversial Drug Spravato to Treat Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Chairman Mark Takano released the following statement after reports from the Guardian and the Center for Public Integrity that the depressant Spravato has been fast-tracked through FDA approval processes and hurried through VA’s contracting process: “I am incredibly alarmed by reporting today that suggests Spravato, a controversial new drug, is being … Read moreChairman Takano Statement Following Reports that VA Fast-Tracked Controversial Drug Spravato to Treat Veterans

Senate Unanimously Passes the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Chairman Mark Takano released the following statement after the Senate unanimously passed the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, H.R. 299.  “Tonight, we can finally tell the tens of thousands of veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War but wrongly denied benefits that justice is … Read moreSenate Unanimously Passes the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act

Subcommittee on Technology Modernization Hearing: Implementation of Electronic Health Record Systems at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD)

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Technology Modernization will hold an oversight hearing entitled, ” Implementation of Electronic Health Record Systems at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD).” Please follow and like us:

Chairman Takano Statement on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano issued the following statement in recognition of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. See a video of Chairman Takano’s floor speech here and his remarks as prepared below: [[{“fid”:”57″,”view_mode”:”full”,”fields”:{“format”:”full”,”field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]”:false,”field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]”:false},”link_text”:null,”type”:”media”,”field_deltas”:{“1”:{“format”:”full”,”field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]”:false,”field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]”:false}},”attributes”:{“style”:”height: 260px; width: 500px;”,”class”:”media-element file-full”,”data-delta”:”1″}}]] Madam Speaker, I rise today in gratitude for the bravery … Read moreChairman Takano Statement on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

Chairman Takano, Senator Tester Demand Secret Waitlists from VA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano and Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Jon Tester sent a letter yesterday to VA following a whistleblower claim alleging VA has secret waitlists for veterans seeking health care, as reported by the Washington Post. In their letter, Chairman Takano and Senator … Read moreChairman Takano, Senator Tester Demand Secret Waitlists from VA

Subcommittee on Technology Modernization Hearing: Modernizing Health Records for Servicemembers and Veterans: The Contractor Perspective

On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Technology Modernization will hold an oversight hearing entitled, ” Modernizing Health Records for Servicemembers and Veterans: The Contractor Perspective.”  Please follow and like us:

Chairman Takano, Ranking Member Roe Statement on DOJ Decision Not to Appeal Procopio

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano and Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe issued the following statement after the Department of Justice announced it will not appeal the Procopio decision: “We are encouraged by DOJ’s decision not to appeal Procopio and further delay benefits to our Blue Water Navy … Read moreChairman Takano, Ranking Member Roe Statement on DOJ Decision Not to Appeal Procopio

Chairman Takano Statement on Memorial Day 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano issued the following statement in recognition of Memorial Day 2019. “This Memorial Day, we must take a moment to honor the sacrifice of all those who’ve served our country in war and in peace– it is our moment to pay tribute to … Read moreChairman Takano Statement on Memorial Day 2019

Chairman Takano Delivers Remarks on “Kiddie Tax” Fix for Gold Star Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) spoke at a press conference highlighting Representative Elaine Luria’s bill, the Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act, which would fix the “kiddie tax” loophole that forces Gold Star families to pay extra taxes on their survivors benefits. Below is a link to … Read moreChairman Takano Delivers Remarks on “Kiddie Tax” Fix for Gold Star Families

VA Skips Hearing Addressing Government Watchdog Recommendations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held its first Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing entitled, “Improving the Department of Veterans Affairs Effectiveness: Responding to Recommendations from Oversight Agencies” to address VA’s plan to remove itself from the GAO High Risk List. But, in unprecedented and unacceptable fashion, VA refused to participate … Read moreVA Skips Hearing Addressing Government Watchdog Recommendations

Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Oversight Hearing: Improving the Department of Veterans Affairs Effectiveness: Responding to Recommendations from Oversight Agencies

On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold an oversight hearing entitled, “Improving the Department of Veterans Affairs Effectiveness: Responding to Recommendations from Oversight Agencies.”  Please follow and like us:

House Passes 9 Bills To Deliver Clear Results for Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed all 9 bills brought to the floor from the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs getting clear results for veterans on suicide prevention, transition assistance, and homelessness. In the wake of the national public health crisis of veteran suicide, five of these bills focus specifically on suicide … Read moreHouse Passes 9 Bills To Deliver Clear Results for Veterans

HASC & HVAC Joint Committee Hearing: Military and Veteran Suicide: Understanding the Problem and Preparing for the Future

On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel and the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health will hold a joint oversight hearing entitled, “Military and Veteran Suicide: Understanding the Problem and Preparing for the Future.”  Please follow and like us:

POSTPONED: Health Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Fiscal Year 2020 Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for the Veterans Health Administration

Postponed until further notice.   On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Health will hold an oversight hearing entitled, “Fiscal Year 2020 Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for the Veterans Health Administration.”    The subcommittee will meet at 2:00 p.m., in room 210 of the House Visitors Center. Watch … Read morePOSTPONED: Health Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Fiscal Year 2020 Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for the Veterans Health Administration

Health Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Fiscal Year 2020 Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for the Veterans Health Administration

On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Health will hold an oversight hearing entitled, “Fiscal Year 2020 Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for the Veterans Health Administration.”    The subcommittee will meet at 2:00 p.m., in room 210 of the House Visitors Center. Please follow and like us:

POSTPONED: Economic Opportunity Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Examining Mid-Semester School Closures Impact on Student Veterans

Postponed until further notice.    On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity will hold an oversight hearing entitled, “Examining Mid-Semester School Closures Impact on Student Veterans.”    The subcommittee will meet at 10:00 a.m., in room 210 of the House Visitors Center.      Watch the meeting here Please … Read morePOSTPONED: Economic Opportunity Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Examining Mid-Semester School Closures Impact on Student Veterans

Economic Opportunity Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Examining Mid-Semester School Closures Impact on Student Veterans

On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity will hold an oversight hearing entitled, “Examining Mid-Semester School Closures Impact on Student Veterans.”    The subcommittee will meet at 10:00 a.m., in room 210 of the House Visitors Center.    Please follow and like us:

House Passes Legislation to Extend Benefits to Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – – Today, Chairman Mark Takano (D-Cali.) and Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) released the following statements after the House passed the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, H.R. 299. The bill unanimously passed the House, 410 – 0.  “I am so proud to say the House has finally passed … Read moreHouse Passes Legislation to Extend Benefits to Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans

Chairman Takano: Today We Will Finally Give Blue Water Navy Veterans The Justice They Deserve

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano praised bipartisan action on H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, ahead of a historic vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.   Chairman Mark Takano’s remarks as delivered can be viewed here and found below:   … Read moreChairman Takano: Today We Will Finally Give Blue Water Navy Veterans The Justice They Deserve

VSO Leaders Offer “Strongest Support” for Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter to House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano and Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe, leaders from Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, Military Officers Association of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Paralyzed Veterans of America, AMVETS, and the Military Order … Read moreVSO Leaders Offer “Strongest Support” for Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act

VA Must “Do Better” When Addressing Sexual Harassment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) led a letter, released today, signed by Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe, Representative Julia Brownley, Representative Neal Dunn, Representative Chris Pappas, and Representative Jack Bergman calling on Secretary Wilkie to share information from the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ progress implementing their “End … Read moreVA Must “Do Better” When Addressing Sexual Harassment