Results for Nevada's Veterans
This summer, Congress made great strides in fulfilling our nation's sacred promise to its military veterans. In fact, in a rare display of bipartisanship, Congress passed not one, not two, but three major bills to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the assistance it provides to our country's finest men and women.
As a senior member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, one of my top priorities in Congress is ensuring that each and every veteran – whether they hail from the Greatest Generation or fought in the Battle of Hamburger Hill – receives the best quality and care they have earned.
That's why I'm pleased Congress swiftly passed, and the President signed, three different proposals that I cosponsored and helped pass to benefit Nevada's warriors and veterans of all ages across the country.
First, Congress successfully funded the Veterans Choice Program, which allows veterans to access services including surgeries and lifesaving treatments that the VA cannot provide. For example, Wendell, a Navy veteran from Lovelock, used the Choice Program to get a neck surgery to ensure he could still walk and John, an Air Force pilot from Battle Mountain, used the Choice Program to remove cancer above his neck.
The program also lets veterans living in rural areas to receive care near their homes. Without funding for the Choice Program, rural veterans would be forced to drive hundreds of miles to receive medical care.
Second, Congress passed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, landmark legislation that greatly expanded the G.I. Bill to even more veterans, and three of my provisions to help Nevada veterans were included. Instrumental in putting an entire generation of veterans through college and assisting with small business loans, the G.I. Bill has proven to be one of our country's greatest successes in the last century. That's why I strongly believe we must continue to strengthen this benefit for veterans today, and future generations.