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  • Ranking Member Roe Applauds House Passage of Joint Resolution to Increase Veteran Access to Dental Care
    Posted in Press Releases on January 13, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after the House passed his resolution, House Joint Resolution 80, to approve a request from the Department of Veterans Affairs to pursue a pilot program to increase veteran access to dental care: "I am pleased to see that the House unanimously passed this important measure today. In addition to increasing veterans’ access to care, the MISSION ACT also created a Center ... Read more

  • Ranking Member Roe Statement on the Confirmation of Chairman Moran
    Posted in Press Releases on January 8, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after Senator Jerry Moran was confirmed to serve as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs: “Senator Moran has always been a fighting force in Congress for the men and women who have served in our Armed Forces – first in the House, and now in the Senate. There is no doubt in my mind that he will continue to serve our nation’s heroes well as he assu... Read more

  • Ranking Member Roe Applauds VA for Beginning to Process Blue Water Navy Veterans Claims
    Posted in Press Releases on January 6, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, Health

    Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, issued the following statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began processing disability compensation claims for Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans last week: "One of my proudest accomplishments in Congress was the enactment of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act to provide veterans who served honorably in the off-shore waters of Vietnam with the long-overdue benefits that they are ... Read more

  • Ranking Member Roe Statement on House Passage of Three Veterans’ Bills
    Posted in Press Releases on December 17, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Full Committee, Technology Modernization

    Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after the House passed three bipartisan veterans’ bills this week: "I am pleased to see that, before leaving for the holiday district work period, the House continued our efforts to support and serve our nation’s veterans well by passing bipartisan legislation that would ensure that the care provided to them from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) meets the highes... Read more

  • ICYMI: Roe Meets with PREVENTS Task Force in East Tennessee
    Posted in Press Releases on December 16, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Full Committee

    Last week, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen of the President’s PREVENTS Task Force released the following statements after meeting with local organizations, focusing on suicide prevention, in the Congressman’s home district in East Tennessee: “It was my pleasure to welcome Dr. Van Dahlen to East Tennessee [today] and to introduce her to the many individuals and organizations here who are stepping up to serve and s... Read more

  • DOD Approves GI Bill Eligibility for Troops Deployed to Southern Border Following Roe, Bilirakis Letter
    Posted in Press Releases on December 13, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economic Opportunity

    Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, issued the following statements after the Department of Defense announced that members of the National Guard deployed to the southern border will be eligible to accrue credits toward Post-9/11 GI bill benefits following a letter sent by both members to the Secretary of Defense, Mark T. Esper: "Whether it’s... Read more

  • Ranking Member Roe Applauds Removal of Widows Tax in the NDAA
    Posted in Press Releases on December 11, 2019 | Preview rr

    Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after the House passed the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included a provision to remove the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) offset, also known as the 'widows tax': "It was my honor today to vote in favor of removing the so-called ‘widows tax’ as part of this year’s NDAA. The surviving spouses ... Read more

  • Ranking Member Roe Praises Deployment of Needed IT Upgrades for the Forever GI Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on December 10, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economic Opportunity

    Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement praising the successful implementation of changes to Monthly Housing Allowance payment rates for the Post-9/11 GI Bill last week: “I applaud Secretary Wilkie, Under Secretary Lawrence, Charmain Bogue, and the team of contractors and VA staff for a job well done on the long-awaited rollout of changes and IT updates to the Monthly Housing Allowance payments required by t... Read more

  • Roe Statement on Committee Passage of IMPROVE Act
    Posted in Press Releases on December 5, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Full Committee

    Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement following today’s Full Committee markup of H.R. 3495, as amended, the IMPROVE Act, and H.R. 4920, the Department of Veterans Affairs Contracting Preference Consistency Act: "Caring for those who are at-risk of taking their own lives is fundamentally the right thing to do. Yet, today, Chairman Takano advanced a partisan bill that would prohibit suicidal veterans from ge... Read more

  • 2,960.
    Posted in Press Releases on November 20, 2019 | Preview rr

    Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after the Committee held a legislative hearing on H.R. 3495, the IMPROVE Act, which is bipartisan legislation cosponsored by 228 Members of Congress to prevent suicide among our nation’s veterans: “2,960 – that’s how many veteran and servicemember lives have been lost to suicide since the introduction of this bipartisan bill 148 days ago. Preventing any other lives fro... Read more

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