Veterans

We are honored to have a great number of veterans living in the Third District of North Carolina. These brave men and women deserve everything we have promised them.

Where I Stand

I believe those who wear or have worn the uniform of this nation deserve everything promised to them because they and their families have earned it defending our country. For my entire public life, I have been a tireless advocate for our veterans, their families, and all active and reserve personnel. I work closely with The Military Coalition that represents 5.5 million veterans and their families. I am honored to have received numerous awards from the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), and many others.

So far in the 115th Congress I have cosponsored 34 bills supporting veterans, more than any other sitting member of the House of Representatives. In the 113th and 114th Congress, I cosponsored more bills supporting veterans than any other sitting member of the House of Representatives. I will continue to stand by America's veterans, because they stood up for us.

Legislative Action in the 115th Congress

Introduced Legislation

H.R. 406 - Honoring our Heroes Act
To amend title 10, United States Code, to facilitate the replacement of military decorations for relatives of deceased members of the Armed Forces to include extended family members.

H. R. 886 - To amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Defense to permit dependents of retired members of the Armed Forces who reside in military housing to attend Department of Defense elementary and secondary schools.

Cosponsored Legislation

H.R. 103 - Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act
This bill amends the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Programs Enhancement Act of 2001 to require a program under which the Secretary of Veterans Affairs provides chiropractic care and services to veterans through Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers and clinics to be carried out at: (1) no fewer than 75 medical centers by December 31, 2017, and (2) all medical centers by December 31, 2019.

H. R. 282 -The Military Residency Choice Act
This bill amends the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to permit the spouse of a servicemember to elect to use the same residence as the servicemember for purposes of taxation and voting, regardless of the date on which the marriage of the spouse and the servicemember occurred.

H.R. 299 - Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017
Would include as part of the Republic of Vietnam its territorial seas for purposes of the presumption of service connection for diseases associated with exposure by veterans to certain herbicide agents while in Vietnam.

H.R. 303- Retired Pay Restoration Act
States that military retired pay should not be reduced because a military retiree is also eligible for veterans disability compensation awarded for a service-connected disability.

H.R. 333 - Dissabled Veterans Tax Termination Act
Would amend federal military retired pay provisions to: (1) permit veterans with a service-connected disability of less than 50% to receive both reitred pay and disaiblity compensation; (2) eliminate provisions requiring a phase-in for concurrent pay; (3) require a limited reduction in retired pay for qualified disability retirees with less than 20 years of retirement-creditable service.

H.R. 411 - Veteran Suicide Prevention Act - this bill would direct the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to complete a publicly available review of the deaths of all covered veterans who died by suicide during the preceding five-year period in order to give recommendations to improve the safety and well-being of veterans.

H. R. 874 -Sgt. Brandon Ketchum Never Again Act.
Would require the VA, upon the request of a veteran who is enrolled in the VA health care system and entitled to in-patient psychiatric care at: (1) the VA facility that is closest to where the veteran resides and that has the capacity and capability to provide such care, or (2) at a non-VA facility if the VA facility lacks such capacity or capability.

H.R. 877 - Vietnam Helicopter Crew Monument Act
This bill directs the Department of the Army to place in Arlington National Cemetery a monument honoring helicopter pilots and crew members who were killed while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces during the Vietnam era, subject to an agreement with the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association under which the association shall pay all site preparation, construction, installation, and maintenance costs for the memorial.

H.R. 907 - Newborn Care Improvement Act
This bill allows the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide the newborn child of a woman veteran who is receiving VA maternity care with post-delivery care services for 42 days after the child's birth if the veteran delivered the child in a VA facility or another facility with which VA has a contract for such services. (Currently, such care may not be provided for more than 7 days)

H.R. 1063 - Veteran Prescription Continuity Act
Would amend the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 to direct the Department of  Veterans Affairs(VA) to provide an individual transitioning from Department of Defense to VA-furnished medical treatment any pharmaceutical agent not included in the joint uniform formulary if a DOD health care provider determines that the agent is critical for transition. 

H.R. 1162 - No Hero Left Untreated Act
This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to carry out a one-year pilot program to provide access to magnetic EEG/EKG-guided resonance therapy to treat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma, chronic pain, or opiate addiction.

H.R. 1279 - Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act -This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish a center of excellence in the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation of health conditions relating to exposure to burn pits and other environmental exposures in Afghanistan or Iraq.

H.R.1690 - Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus Transparency Act
To amend title 38, United States Code, requiring the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit an annual report regarding performance awards and bonuses awarded to certain high-level employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs.  This bill is aimed at increasing oversight and maximizing transparency.

H.R.1827 - To amend the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 to provide a partial exemption to veterans from the eligibility requirements, and for other purposes.
The Delaney-Jones Medical Leave for Disabled Veterans Act expedites access to protected medical leave for veterans with service-connected disabilities, allowing them to receive treatment, while continuing to support themselves and their families.

H.R. 2225 - The Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act
This bill directs the Department of Veterans' Affairs to establish a program to enter into contracts with non-government entities to carry out the training and matching of animals to veterans with PTSD.