WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) released the following statement commemorating Veterans Day:
“Nevada is home to over 225,000 veterans, and Veterans Day gives our state and this country an opportunity to show our gratitude for their tremendous service,” said Senator Rosen. “We honor the sacrifices made by our brave men and women in uniform and pay respect to the generations before them who defended America’s freedom. Veterans continue to be models of patriotism and courage across the globe, and it is our responsibility to ensure they have an honorable transition back into civilian life. That includes access to high-quality health care, transition support, disability compensation, mental health services, and educational assistance. While sending our thanks, let us also rededicate ourselves to working together to ensure no veteran is left behind. I honor our country’s veterans and their families today and on all days.”
BACKGROUND: Yesterday, Senator Rosen held a roundtable with a group of Nevada veterans to discuss issues facing the veteran community.
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 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.
Senator Rosen is a co-sponsor of S. 3503, a bipartisan bill to authorize the VA to cover the housing costs of student veterans taking part in distance learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This bill was signed into law in March 2020.