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Florida’s Senators Want a VA Hospital Built in the Panhandle

Currently, veterans living in Northwestern Florida have to drive more than 100 miles to receive inpatient care at the VA Gulf Coast Medical Center in Biloxi, Mississippi or be sent to local community hospitals as availability and funds permit.

Ashley Moody Showcases Resources Available to Service Members During Military Consumer Protection Month

The release comes as the nation recognizes National Military Consumer Protection Month. The guide is full of information about common scams targeting military members, veterans and their families.

Marco Rubio Brings Back Proposal to Have VA, HUD Help Homeless Veterans

“The HUD-VASH program provides homeless veterans with a voucher to help them offset the cost of renting a home or apartment in the private market. Among other things, Rubio’s bill would help to protect the program from any potential future budget cuts by preventing the administration from using funds specifically designated for the program for anything other than helping to provide housing to homeless veterans,” Rubio’s office noted. 

Marco Rubio Introduces the Better Examiner Standards and Transparency for Veterans Act

Rubio brought out the “Better Examiner Standards and Transparency for Veterans Act" (BEST for Vets Act) with U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., as a co-sponsor. They have been working on the proposal since 2019. 

Marco Rubio Calls on VA to Improve Program to Help Veterans, Military Families...

Rubio, Maggie Hassan, D-NH,  and seven other senators urged the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help more veterans and military families purchase homes by providing additional flexibilities under the VA Home Loan Guaranty Program, as well as additional education and outreach to real estate agents, mortgage lenders, and veterans about the VA Home Loan process. 

Brian Mast Continues to Champion the Burn Pit Transparency Act

Back in 2019, Mast and then U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hi., brought back a proposal having the federal government evaluate veterans and active-duty personnel who might have been exposed to open burn pits and airborne chemicals. Over the past three decades, more than 140,000 servicemembers and veterans have reported exposure to burn pits and toxic chemicals.

Marco Rubio Backs Bob Menendez’s WWII Veterans Hospital and Medical Eligibility Act

Menendez’s proposal would “ensure all World War II (WWII) veterans have access to health care services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)” since currently “eligibility limits in the law have prevented some WWII veterans from receiving these benefits.”

Charlie Crist Wants VA to Offer More COVID-19 Vaccines to Veterans

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., showcased his proposed “Vaccines for Veterans Act” this week, hoping to expand the number of veterans who can receive the COVID-19 vaccine from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Greg Steube Brings Back ‘VA Fiscal Responsibility Act’ and ‘Modern GI Bill’ Proposals

“Our nation’s heroes deserve our support, and this legislation will alleviate some of the struggles they face,” Steube said. “Every year I have been in elected office, I have filed bills to support our Veterans and their families because they gave up our freedom to defend ours. I am thankful for the progress we made in bettering life for our veterans so far, and I look forward to continuing that progress in the 117th Congress.”
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Vern Buchanan Brings Back Proposal for Balanced Budget Amendment, Daylight Savings Time

Buchanan filed 10 bills to start his latest term and offered some insight on what his focus will be in the next two years. 
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Brian Mast, Dina Titus Team Up to End VA Experiments on Cats

“The VA’s continued use of taxpayer dollars to conduct painful and wasteful experiments on cats and kittens is unacceptable,” Mast said on Thursday. “These tests are barbaric, unnecessary and do nothing to actually help veterans. That’s why I’m proud to introduce this legislation with Rep. Titus to bring them to an end once and for all.”

Florida Congressmen Urge Donald Trump to Have VA Respect Veterans’ Second Amendment Rights

U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., a veteran of the Army and currently a member of the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee, helped lead a letter signed by more than 20 Republicans to President Donald Trump calling on him to make sure the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) does not infringe on Second Amendment rights.