WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) hosted a Veterans’ Resource Fair at the Las Vegas City Hall. The fair provided Nevada’s veterans with assistance and access to resources at the local, state, and federal level.
“I’m proud to serve the more than 225,000 veterans that call Nevada home,” said Senator Rosen. “My office will be holding this annual resource fair to provide veterans with information about resources available to them at the federal, state, and local level. This fair is intended to help our nation’s heroes navigate and get better access to the government programs they deserve. I will continue working in Congress to give those that have fought to defend our country the support they deserve.”
BACKGROUND: Partner organizations included the VA Southern Nevada Health System, Nevada Department of Veterans Services and the Mayor’s Challenge Suicide Prevention Awareness, UNLV School of Public Health Office of Community Partnerships, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada Department of Administration and Records, Goodwill of Southern Nevada, 22 Warriors Foundation, Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals, American Legion Post 76, UNLV Rebel Vets Organization, Nevada Housing Division, Mi Familia Vota, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10047, Nevada State College, Taxpayer Advocate Service, Kline Veterans Fund, CSN Veterans Education and Transition Services, Nevada Job Connect, Nevada AARP, United States Census Bureau, One-Stop Career Center, and HELP USA.
Senator Rosen recently announced the launch of her office’s 2020 Veterans Resource Guide to provide Nevada’s veterans with access to information on federal, state, and community resources to assist them and their families.
This Congress, Senator Rosen has introduced over twenty bipartisan pieces of legislation. The six bipartisan bills specifically aimed at empowering our veterans and servicemembers she’s introduced include:
• The bipartisan Veterans Assistance Helpline Act – legislation that would direct the Federal Communications Commission and the VA to designate a simple, easy-to-remember three-digit dialing code for veterans to use to obtain information about the benefits and services provided by the VA, to include services available to them locally. This is intended to create a one-stop-shop for veterans to be able to have an easy to remember hotline where they can get directed to the appropriate people for information and assistance.
• The bipartisan Veterans Jobs Opportunity Act - legislation that would provide a 15% tax credit on the first $50,000 of startup costs for veterans who open a small business in underserved communities. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in Nevada, 1 in 8 small businesses are veteran-owned.
• The bipartisan Access to Affordable Housing for Veterans Act of 2019 – legislation that would 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.
• The bipartisan Hire Student Veterans Act – legislation that would expand the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) to ensure that all student veterans using their GI benefits can take advantage of valuable paid internships or work opportunities while in school. This was the very first bill Senator Rosen introduced in the United States Senate.
• The bipartisan GI Bill Planning Act of 2019 – legislation that would 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 deliberately chaotic environment with little opportunity for recruits to make an informed decision about their future. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation is endorsed by Student Veterans of America, VFW, and VeteransEducation Success.
• The bipartisan JROTC Cyber Training Act - legislation that would direct the Secretary of Defense to carry out a program to enhance the preparation of students in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) for careers in computer science and cybersecurity.