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.
“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.
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.
The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) was founded in 1924, to represent the concerns of members of the enlisted Sea Service (Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard).
“The Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act would impose a fine or imprisonment up to five years or both for defrauding veterans," Deutch's office noted.
More than $391,080 will be awarded to St. Petersburg-based Volunteers of America of Florida to continue their ongoing work to end veteran homelessness and $339,039 will be awarded to Boley Centers to support their veteran services across Pinellas County and Tampa Bay.
Waltz emphasized that diplomacy and development are critical components of “smart power” and without them, the United States would be less secure in the face of growing global threats.
Lawson urged “that HISA grant maximums be increased to $10,000 for veterans with service-connected disabilities and $5,000 for veterans with non-service-connected disabilities.” That would be an increase from the current levels as veterans disabled in the line of service are eligible for a maximum of $6,800 while those disabled outside of service-related activities are elegible for a maximum of $2,000.
Crist has been a member of the Appropriations Committee since 2019, delivering funding for Pinellas including $13 million for research and mitigation efforts against red tide and other harmful algal blooms, $25 million for veteran treatment courts to get veterans into treatment instead of jail, and $5 million to get veterans into cutting-edge clinical trials at National Cancer Institutes like Moffit Cancer Center in Tampa – just last year alone.
Legislators are discussing coming together to address this potential problem with COVID-19 liability protections. I applaud them, and I know that our veteran-owned small businesses do the same. We must do everything we can to speed up our economic recovery.
Back in September, U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz’s, D-Calif., U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, former U.S. VA Sec. David Shulkin, entertainer Jon Stewart and others championed the “Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act.”
“We continue working to ensure Florida remains the most veteran-friendly state, offering programs that support Florida’s hardworking, well-trained, and skilled veterans who make great contributions toward Florida’s workforce and economy,” said DeSantis on Tuesday. “I encourage all veteran small businesses and entrepreneurs to take advantage of the state resources available to support their growth”