Washington, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter helped pass several important pieces of legislation this week that will help the VA fight homelessness, increase job training opportunities for returning veterans, help protect a veteran’s home, and guarantee that payments for disabled veterans keep pace with the cost of living. Shea-Porter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee and a former military spouse, has made veterans issues a top priority since first arriving to Washington.
“Many of our veterans face unique challenges and hardships, and these bills will help ensure that former service members have access to the programs they need and deserve,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “There are more than 130,000 veterans living in New Hampshire, and I will continue to support legislation that helps our veterans community.”
A summary of the bills is below.
End Veteran Homelessness Act of 2010 – Strengthens successful comprehensive programs for homeless veterans through investments, requires housing counselors to generate more veterans housing opportunities at each VA medical center with housing services, strengthens permanent housing programs, and pays special attention to the needs of homeless women veterans and homeless veterans with children.
National Guard Employment Protection Act of 2010 – Extends key reemployment rights to all of those called up for full-time National Guard duty, including those assigned to a homeland security mission.
Helping Heroes Keep Their Homes Act of 2010 – Extends expiring protections that safeguard veteran homeowners from foreclosure immediately following deployment.
Energy Jobs for Veterans Act – Increases job opportunities for veterans by reimbursing employers for the cost of providing on-the-job training for veterans in the energy sector through a new “Veterans Energy Related Employment Program” of competitive grants.
Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2010 – Increases the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, effective December 1, 2010.