WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) held a virtual roundtable with Nevada Veteran Services Officers (VSOs) and veteran advocates. During the roundtable discussion, Senator Rosen and the participants discussed issues affecting Nevada’s veterans during COVID-19, as well as the latest updates on benefits to help our veterans.
“Nevada’s dedicated veterans served this country, and now it is our duty to serve them,” said Senator Rosen. “In honoring their service to this nation, we must prioritize understanding the unique difficulties that veterans face and develop solutions to help our American heroes. That’s why I am proud to be the sponsor of bipartisan legislation that would help expand our veteran workforce, provide veterans greater access to affordable housing, and assist student veterans in their educational pursuits. This Veterans Day, let’s honor the service of our men and women in uniform and remain focused on keeping our nation’s promise to look out for our servicemembers when they return home.”
BACKGROUND: In September, Senator Rosen introduced the VA Zero Suicide Demonstration Project Act, a bipartisan bill that would build upon the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) strong suicide prevention efforts by implementing a Zero Suicide Initiative pilot program at five VA medical centers across the nation, one of which must serve primarily veterans who live in rural and remote areas.
Last year, Senator Rosen introduced the Hire Student Veterans Act, bipartisan legislation to expand the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) to ensure that all student veterans using their GI benefits can take advantage of paid internships or work opportunities while in school.
Senator Rosen is also the lead sponsor of the Access to Affordable Housing for Veterans Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation to ensure that veterans are proactively made aware of their VA home loan options, including providing them information about whether or not such an option is more affordable than a conventional loan.
Senator Rosen also introduced the GI Bill Planning Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation to provide military enlistees additional time to pick their preferred GI Bill education benefits plan, instead of having to do so at arrival at Basic Training, which is a chaotic environment with little opportunity for recruits to make an informed decision about their future.