Rosen, Fischer Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Permanently Protect VA Helpline for Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) introduced the bipartisan Veterans Assistance Helpline Act to permanently maintain a helpline for veterans to use in order to quickly obtain information and assistance with all services from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

“Our nation’s veterans sacrificed so much to keep us safe, and the least we can do is make sure they have easy access to VA support and resources, and their hard-earned VA benefits,” said Senator Rosen. “I’m proud to be working across the aisle to make sure the VA’s veteran helpline is permanently codified so they never lose access to a resource that will get them the information and assistance they need.”

“We owe so much to our veterans for their sacrifice to protect our country and defend our freedoms. Unfortunately, too many veterans have difficulty navigating the VA and identifying which divisions to contact. The VA’s current main information line provides veterans with a single hub to access information about different VA contact centers. Our legislation will codify this resource to ensure veterans can maintain access to this critical tool and better connect with the resources available to them,” said Senator Fischer.

Senator Rosen has been leading efforts to support our nation’s veterans. In the recent bipartisan government funding package, Rosen secured funding to increase access to affordable housing for veterans, continue building Nevada’s first national veterans cemetery in Elko, and increased funding for veteran’s access to telehealth, which is particularly important in rural Nevada. She also recently helped introduce the bipartisan VA Home Loan Awareness Act to increase veterans’ awareness of the VA Home Loan Program when buying a home, which is the primary tool for helping veterans and their spouses achieve the American dream of owning a home. Last year, Rosen introduced the bipartisan VA Zero Suicide Demonstration Project Act to take steps to improve access to mental health services for our veterans. She also secured authorization for a new VA hospital in Reno and pushed for Nevada’s first-ever dedicated in-state Veteran Business Outreach Center.