Monday, January 18, 2021
“Veterans across the state contribute valuable skills and experience to enhance Florida’s workforce,” said DeSantis, “I want to congratulate these local workforce development boards for providing employment services to veterans after they have served our country.”
Last week, the U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee passed U.S. Sen. Gary Peters’, D-Mich., “Burial Rights for America’s Veterans’ Efforts (BRAVE) Act” which has U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., as the main cosponsor.
On Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the appointments of Joshua Hawkes to the Second Circuit Court, Jennifer Swenson to the Tenth Circuit Court, Gilberto Perez to the Twentieth Circuit Court, Stefanie Morris to the Leon County Court and Barry Dickson to the Escambia County Court.
The bill has been championed in recent years by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, has also been a key backer of the proposal.
“Our veterans sacrificed for our country’s security, and they should not be subjected to inefficient collection procedures,” Steube said. “These heroes deserve the best care and should not be held fiscally responsible for the system’s failure to proactively capture the third-party billings that go uncollected.”
“Prostate cancer is the number one cancer diagnosed in the Veterans Health Administration, with over 489,000 veterans undergoing treatment. This bill will direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a national clinical pathway for prostate cancer, a standardized system of care for the treatment of what is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the veterans’ health system."
“This legislation waives special-use permit fees for veterans’ demonstrations and special events at war memorials administered by the National Park Service in the District of Columbia,” the congressman’s office noted.
At the start of 2019, Soto pointed to the case of Alejandra Juarez as to why his proposals are needed. 
A bill backed by a Florida congressman to help members of the National Guard with employment rights is gaining traction on Capitol Hill.
Steube is backing the “VA Child Care Protection Act" from U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky. According to Steube’s office the bill “would protect children of veterans by prohibiting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from employing any individual in a child care center who has been charged with a sex crime, crime involving a child, a violent crime, or a drug felony.”