SAN DIEGO – Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) announced new benefits available to San Diego veterans through the “Forever G.I. Bill,” a sweeping reform of veterans’ education benefits passed by Congress and awaiting the President’s signature. The bipartisan bill includes legislation written by Rep. Peters to give all eligible Purple Heart recipients the full education benefits they earned, regardless of how long they served.
As a member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, Scott Peters stands up for veterans, working to ensure that the United States honors its commitment to the men and women who volunteered to fight for our freedom and security. He has taken steps to ensure veterans receive the benefits they deserve, to make sure that veterans have a place to live, to improve the transition from service to civilian life, increase veterans’ access to health care, to increase employment opportunities for veterans, and to improve veterans’ access to continuing education.
Scott's Veterans Plan
Since coming to Congress, I have helped pass the VA Accountability Act to improve services and care for our veterans, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act to improve mental health care, and the Veterans Choice Act to let our veterans access care outside the VA if their local VA is not sufficient. Even with this progress, there is more work to do for our veterans.
Getting Every Veteran a Job
Our veterans are hard-working, well-trained, and possess the management skills that many employers are seeking in employees. In Congress, we need to help veterans transfer their skills from the military workforce to the civilian workforce.
- Allow veterans to use education benefits for apprenticeship programs.
- Reduce the recertification burden for veterans.
- Expand hiring opportunities for veterans at solar and renewable energy companies.
- Allow homeless veterans to be eligible for job training programs through the Department of Labor.
- Veteran Employment Transition Act, which incentivizes small businesses to hire veterans by giving tax credits for hiring recently discharged veterans.
- H.R. 2551, the Veterans’ Entry to Apprenticeship Act
- H.R. 344, Manufacturing Jobs for Veterans Act
- H.R. 3286, HIRE Vets Act
- H.R. 3312, Benefits Network Act
Honoring the Earned Benefits Promise
We owe it to the men and women of our Armed Services to follow through on the commitments made to them. We must also review and make improvements to benefit programs that are not providing appropriate support for servicemen and women, veterans, and their families.
- End the “Widow’s Tax” which unfairly penalizes military surviving spouses.
- Make veteran cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) permanent.
- Allow service-disabled veterans to receive both military retired pay and disability compensation.
- H.R. 303, Retired Pay Restoration Act
- H.R. 507 American Heroes COLA Act (113th)
- H.R. 333, Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act
- H.R. 315, Filipino Veterans Promise Act
- H.R. 483, Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act of 2015
- H.R. 915 Voices for Veterans Act
- H.R. 1594, Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act
- H.R. 1598, Veteran Spouses Equal Treatment Act
- H.R. 1384, Honor America’s Guard-Reserve Retirees Act
- H.R. 1845, Military Family Leave Act
- H.R. 1948, Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act
- H.R. 3278 Veterans Dignified Burial Act
Supporting Quality Education for Veterans and their Families
Part of ensuring that our veterans are able to find gainful employment and pursue the American Dream is making sure that they and their families have access to high quality education. Veterans education benefits should be improved to expand the number of schools veterans can attend and schools can take steps to better incorporate veterans into their communities.
- Provide in-state tuition to veterans on the GI Bill.
- Promote student veteran resource centers on college campuses.
- Address the broader need needs of being a student veteran.
- H.R. 182, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to permit the centralized reporting of veteran enrollment by certain groups, districts, and consortiums of educational institutions.
- H.R. 456, Reducing Barriers for Veterans Education Act of 2015
- HR. 2008, GI Education Benefit Fairness Act
Ending Veterans Homelessness in San Diego
San Diego is home to one of the nation’s largest populations of homeless veterans. This is unacceptable. We must do more to ensure that our veterans have safe, stable places to live and build a life after completing their service.
- Advocate for more HUD-VASH vouchers that are appropriate for San Diego’s housing market and work with the San Diego housing stock to ensure they can be used as intended.
- Support local pilot programs for permanent, non-transitional housing.
- Improve transition services between active-duty and veteran status.
- Get San Diego its fair share of funding to address homelessness by making changes to the Department of Housing and Urban Development funding formula.
- Ensure that veterans have fair access to housing assistance through the Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Expand home foreclosure protections for veterans and their families.
- Shelter our Service Members Act to provide senior veterans permanent, non-transitional services through local non-profit organizations.
- H.R. 252, Comprehensive Homes for Heroes Act of 2015
- H.R. 501 Veterans and Servicemembers Employment Rights and Housing Act of 2015
Ensuring Veterans Access to Quality Healthcare
Recent scandals have rocked the VA and have brought to light the need for substantial oversight and reform. I am committed to improving VA service and holding the VA accountable. We must do everything in our power to restore trust and confidence in the VA and to ensure that our veterans are receiving the highest level of care possible.
- Integrate DOD and VA healthcare information.
- Reform the culture of complacency and acceptance of poor performance at the VA.
- End the stigma around mental health care and reduce the rate of veteran suicide.
- Allow treatments to follow the patient from DOD to VA healthcare facilities.
- Increase NIH research funding to study mental health.
- Allow veterans and their families who were exposed to toxins to get the health care they deserve.
- 21st Century Care for Military and Veterans Act, to increase access to telehealth and remote health services in TRICARE and the VA.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month, designating the month of June 2015 as National Post- Traumatic Stress Awareness Month and June 27, 2015 as National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Day – noting the stigma that comes with calling it a “disorder.”
- Marriage and Family Therapists for Veterans Act, to expand veteran access to mental health professionals at the VA by opening hiring practices to all accredited Marriage and Family Therapists
- H.R. 1735, National Defense Authorization Act of 2016
- H.R. 421, Classified Veterans Access to Care Act
- H.R. 203, Clay Hunt SAV Act (mental health)
- H.R. 572, Veterans Access to Community Care Act of 2015
- H.R. 1101, Viral Hepatitis Testing Act of 2015
- H.R. 1247, Improving Veterans Access to Quality Care Act
- H.R. 1356, Women Veterans Access to Quality Care Act
- H.R. 1496, To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the access to child care for certain veterans receiving health care at a facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- H.R. 577, To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to use existing authorities to furnish healthcare at non-Department of Veterans Affairs facilities to veterans who live more than 40 miles driving distance from the closest medical facility of the Department that furnishes the care sought by the veteran.
- H.R. 1602, Nurse Staffing Standards for Patient Safety and Quality of Care Act
- Veterans Choice Act (113th)
- HR 1994, VA Accountability Act
- H.R. 2104, America Cures Act
- H.R. 2123 Enhancing Veterans’ Access to Treatment Act
- H.R. 2894, CARE for All Veterans Act (9/11 related injuries and mental health)
- H.R. 2974, Veteran Continuity of Care Act
- H.R. 969, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2015
- H.R. 1769, Toxic Exposure Research Act
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) announced that during his time in Congress his office has helped recover more than $3 million in federal funds owed to San Diegans. Rep. Peters and his San Diego staff have helped more than 3,700 constituents who were having trouble getting answers and the funds they were owed, including military and veterans benefits, Social Security and Medicare payments, tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service, and other federal benefits.
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) voted with a bipartisan majority to pass the Forever G.I. Bill, a sweeping expansion of veterans education benefits. The Forever G.I. Bill includes a provision written by Rep. Peters to make all Purple Heart recipients eligible for full education benefits, regardless of their length of active-duty service. As included in the Forever G.I. Bill, Rep.
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) and the House Veterans Affairs Committee voted unanimously to pass a sweeping reform of veterans education benefits that has been dubbed the ‘Forever G.I. Bill’. These bipartisan reforms include a provision written by Rep. Peters to give full education benefits to all Purple Heart recipients, regardless of their length of active-duty service.
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters’ (CA-52) joined a bipartisan majority to pass the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act to help improve the service and care veterans receive at the VA. The bill will give the Secretary of Veterans Affairs greater authority to remove or discipline poorly-performing and negligent employees.
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) helped pass a bill that will modernize and improve the process for veterans who are appealing decisions about their VA benefits. Veterans file these appeals when they believe they are not receiving the benefits they have earned based on service-connected and non-service-connected claims.
Join Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52), Miramar National Cemetery and the Miramar Cemetery Support Foundation, at an open house to raise awareness of the cemetery and the burial options available to veterans, servicemembers, and eligible family members. Miramar National Cemetery is the newest VA cemetery in the western United States and this open house will show veterans in our community how they can use their VA benefits to access cemetery services. With Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery at capacity for new internments, Miramar Cemetery site offers a full range of burial alternatives for San Diego veterans and their families.
Rep. Peters, cemetery staff, and volunteers will provide information on VA burial benefits for veterans and their families; burial options available at Miramar; eligibility determinations; and military funeral honors. Visitors can also tour the cemetery grounds. The event is free and open to the public – no registration is required.