November 12, 2019
After observing Veterans Day on Monday, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) voted to pass 15 bills to support veterans, active-duty servicemembers, their families, and surviving spouses. These bills include measures that would protect veterans’ education, expand health services, and improve entrepreneurial opportunities.
“San Diego is home for more than 226,000 veterans who have valiantly served our nation. Over the weekend, I joined our community to thank them for their service. This week, the House has passed essential legislation that supports our servicemembers, their families, and surviving spouses. We are honoring our veterans with action,” said Rep. Peters.
Some of the important bills passed are included below:
- H.R. 4625, the Protect the GI Bill Act: enhance transparency and accountability for colleges that receive GI Bill funding, which will crack down on predatory schools.
- H.R. 4771, the VA Tele-Hearing Modernization Act: requires the Board of Veterans’ Appeals to allow veterans to conduct a tele-hearing appeal from any location, like their home.
- H.R. 3224, the Deborah Sampson Act: expands primary care and counseling for women veterans, increases services for newborn children of women veterans, and improves care for survivors of military sexual trauma.
- H.R. 3537, the Veteran Entrepreneur Training Act of 2019: permanently establishes the Boots-to-Business program operated by Veterans Business Outreach Centers. Last year, over 17,000 veterans, servicemembers, and spouses participated in the entrepreneurship program.
Rep. Peters attended Veterans Day events throughout the weekend, including Bring a Vet to School Day, and annual ceremonies at Miramar National Cemetery, Mt. Soledad and Mira Mesa Senior Center. Earlier this year, he introduced four veterans bills: the Veteran HOUSE Act, the Homes for Our Heroes Act, recognizing June as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Month, and the Fair Housing Improvement Act.