Dean Heller: Patriot & Unwavering Friend to Veterans #NVSen

Dean Heller: Patriot & Unwavering Friend to Veterans #NVSen

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As we as a nation prepare to celebrate Independence Day I want to highlight the outstanding work that has been done by Senator Dean Heller of Nevada on behalf of veterans.

Amongst the online prudentry and right-of-center chattering class there are many keywords used to describe Dean Heller, some don’t think he’s conservative enough and call him a RiNO, some liberals in Nevada think he’s an extreme right-winger… whatever your particular view, there’s one glaring fact that no one can deny, Dean Heller is a Patriot and unwavering friend to Veterans!

Heller Introduces Women’s Homeless Veterans Act

Bill Designates Funds to Assist Female Homeless Veterans

(Washington, D.C.) – Today U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) announced introduction of the Women’s Homeless Veterans Act (S. 3308). This bill would require at least 15 percent of funds provided to the Department of Veterans Affairs Grant and Per Diem Program to be allocated to homeless veterans with special needs, which provides assistance to homeless female veterans and children. It also reimburses shelters and facilities that provide services to children of homeless veterans.

“This economy has left far too many Americans without work, and in too many instances, homeless. A number of veterans have not only fallen on tough times financially, but some who have had difficulties adjusting to civilian life. As the demographics of our Armed Forces have changed throughout the years, so too have the needs of homeless veterans. Many homeless shelters were not designed to serve the needs of female veterans or homeless veterans with children. I am proud to introduce this legislation to provide much-needed assistance to homeless female veterans and their families,” said Senator Dean Heller.

According to the 2010 Veterans Supplement to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR), homeless women veterans represented eight percent of the total homeless veterans population. The amount of funding authorized by Congress to the Department of Veterans Affairs Grant and Per Diem program used to provide services for women and children does not adequately reflect the growing number of women homeless veterans. In addition, services provided by shelters to children of homeless veterans are not currently reimbursed under this program.

The Women’s Homeless Veterans Act:

  • Requires that at least 15 percent of the funds provided to the Department of Veterans Affairs Grant and Per Diem program are allocated to homeless veterans with special needs, which provides assistance to homeless female veterans and children.
  • Grants the Department of Veterans Affairs authority to reimburse shelters and facilities participating in the Grant and Per Diem Program for services provided to the children of homeless veterans.

 

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Endorses Women’s Homeless Veterans Act

(Washington, D.C.) – Today U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) issued the following statement regarding the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans endorsement of the Women’s Homeless Veterans Act (S. 3308). This bill, introduced by Senator Heller, would require at least 15 percent of funds provided to the Department of Veterans Affairs Grant and Per Diem Program to be allocated to homeless veterans with special needs, which provides assistance to homeless female veterans and children. It also reimburses shelters and facilities that provide services to children of homeless veterans.

“I am pleased that the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans has endorsed the Women’s Homeless Veterans Act. As the demographics of our Armed Forces have changed throughout the years, so too have the needs of homeless veterans. Many homeless shelters were not designed to serve the needs of female veterans or homeless veterans with children. This legislation will provide much-needed assistance to homeless female veterans and their families. I will continue advocating for our nation’s heroes, and I am grateful for this endorsement,” said Senator Dean Heller.

A PDF copy of the letter is below.

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Letter 6.25.12

 

Veterans Highlights:

 

Dean Thanks Veterans At The Las Vegas “Salute Our Troops” Event

Heller works with Democrats and Republicans to help veterans find employment:

  • Original Cosponsor of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, bipartisan legislation aimed at hiring Veterans. The VOW provides a tax credit of up to $9,600 to employers who hire unemployed veterans. The legislation also provides funding for programs that provide on-the-job training and employment assistance to veterans. The act was signed into law on November 21, 2011.

·         Member of the Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus, a bipartisan coalition designed to help veterans find employment.

Heller was the lead Republican on the American Legion Charter Modernization Act (S.1639), which President Obama signed into law on December 13, 2011.

·         The bill, which was also sponsored by Jon Tester (D-MT), allows the organization to accept debit and credit card payments online. The change makes it easier for newer generations of veterans to become members and pay dues.

Heller helps ensure access to health care, including:

  • Introduced legislation in the 110th, 111th, 112th sessions of Congress to provide a $400 tax deduction for veterans who have to travel for medical reason.
  • Cosponsored H.R. 575, the HEALTHY Vets act of 2011, which allows the Department of Veterans Affairs to contract with local doctors if a VA facility is geographically inaccessible.

·         Voted for HR 1211 Women Veterans Health Care Improvement Act (Sandlin) which requires the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to study barriers encountered by women veterans in accessing VA health care and requires the results be reported to Congress.

Since elected to Congress, Heller has supported the full funding of the Veterans Affairs Agency.

·         In fact, Dean Heller wrote to leaders in both chambers of Congress calling on them to pass the 2012 VA bill and negotiate every other spending item separately.  Veterans should not be held hostage by Congress because of partisan politics.

·         Supported votes to provide an increase for VA funding since elected to Congress.

Heller also cosponsored legislation that pays for Armed Forces and Reserves in the event of a funding gap.

·         Cosponsored S.724: Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act of 2011 (Sen. Hutchinson) which pays for Armed Forces and Reserves in the event of a federal funding gap.

Dean Heller supports legislation to improve veterans’ access to education.

·         Cosponsored H.R.5684, Veterans Education Improvement Act of 2008 which makes critical improvements to the Montgomery GI Bill educational assistance program.

Supports lower taxes for disabled Americans

·         Cosponsored H.R.333 Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act (Rep Bishop).

 

Conservative enough, not conservative enough, say what you will. We all know what the alternative is… Shelley Berkley dances on the strings of President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid. An avid supporter of TARP, the ObamaCare TAX, Frank Dodd, and the $787 billion stimulus, Shelley Berkley opposes a Balanced Budget Amendment and much, much more.  Nevada, and by extension the country, simply can’t afford six years of Shelley Berkley’s liberal tax-and-spend agenda!