Veterans

 

Protecting our Servicemembers; Honoring Our Veterans 

As a Member of Congress, time spent with veterans, service members, and their families always gives Congresswoman Trahan valuable perspective and underscores the importance of keeping those who have put their lives on the line at the forefront of all policy decisions.

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, not a day goes by that Congresswoman Trahan does not think about the bravery of service members who wear the uniform of the United States. Our policy decisions must reflect the difficult sacrifices made by our servicemembers.

This Congress has made major strides towards getting our service members the resources and care they deserve.

Congresswoman Trahan is proud to have voted for the following pieces of legislation that are important to veterans and their families:

Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act of 2019

  • This bill would fix a loophole in a federal law that provides federal prosecutors with an additional tool to prosecute financial predators targeting veterans, particularly elderly veterans in low-income housing, to defraud the veterans out of their Veterans Affairs benefits.

Veterans' Access to Child Care Act 

  • Expands and makes permanent a popular pilot program, initially enacted when Democrats last controlled the House in 2010, that has already provided care for more than 10,000 children of veterans during VA medical appointments.

Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act 

  • This bill will require the VA to expand the current Burn Pit Registry Act to include a field in the online self-reported data that will allow family members or designated individuals to update the registry with a veteran’s cause of death. This is to ensure the VA has access to mortality information so that information can be used by researchers studying the effects that burn pits had on veterans who served in the armed forces in a location(s) where burn pits were used.

Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act 

  • Under this bill, historically-denied disability benefits would be granted to US Navy veterans who served offshore (“Blue Water Navy”) of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War and were exposed to the chemical herbicide agent orange. 


In addition, She is proud to have cosponsored the following bills:

Homeless Veteran Families Act

  • Modifies the calculation of per diem payments the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) makes to homeless grant providers to include partial payment for each of a homeless veteran's minor dependents.  This would prevent a homeless veteran from having to choose between treatment and keeping her or his family together. 

National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act

  • This bill honors the Purple Heart Hall of Honor with a commemorative coin provided by the U.S. Mint.

Veterans Exposed to Toxic PFAS Act (VET PFAS Act)

  • This bill would give health and disability benefits to veterans and their families exposed to PFAS.

Dental Care for Veterans Act 

  • This bill would phase in eligibility for all veterans enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for health care to receive dental care as a part of their medical benefits package.  

Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act 

  • This bill would end the so-called “widow’s tax,” a dollar-for-dollar offset of payments between the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) program.
  • She remains committed to ensuring the modernization of cyber capabilities and putting our servicemembers first. Massachusetts’ 3rd Congressional District has long been a hub of military technology and innovation. 

FY20 National Defense Authorization Act

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 (H.R. 2500) authorizes $733 billion for our national defense to take care of troops, conduct critical research and development, and deter adversaries. 

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Congresswoman Lori Trahan secured several key wins for Massachusetts in the FY20 NDAA.  These efforts will:

 

Additional Supported Legislation 

Veterans Exposed to Toxic PFAS Act (VET PFAS Act)*

Homeless Veteran Families Act

Get Veterans a Doctor Now Act

Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act

Pay Our Coast Guard Parity Act 

To provide for the retention and service of transgender individuals in the Armed Forces 

Expressing opposition to banning service in the Armed Forces by openly transgender individuals*

 * indicates the Congresswoman is an Original Cosponsor of that legislation.