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  • Bost Delivers Opening Remarks at Full Committee Hearing on Veteran Suicide Prevention
    Posted in Press Releases on September 22, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Full Committee

    This morning, Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, delivered the following opening statement, as prepared, at the start of today’s Committee hearing on veteran suicide prevention and mental health initiatives at the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA): Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I appreciate the opportunity today to discuss the tragedy of veteran suicide and how to prevent it once and for all. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness mon... Read more

  • Ranking Member Bost Slams Democrats' Disregard for Afghanistan Crisis, Irresponsible Spending
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economic Opportunity, Health, Oversight and Investigations, Full Committee

    Today, Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after the Committee’s markup of the Democrats’ partisan reconciliation package containing $18 billion dollars for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): “House Democrats’ blatant disregard for the crisis the Biden White House created in Afghanistan and the impact that crisis is having on veterans and Gold Star Families was on full display this afternoon,” said Rankin... Read more

  • Ranking Member Bost’s Statement Following Release of Annual Veteran Suicide Data
    Posted in Press Releases on September 8, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Full Committee

    Today, Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released its National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report, revealing a decrease in veteran suicide from 2018 to 2019. “I am thrilled to learn that the veteran suicide rate decreased in 2019. This is excellent, encouraging news but we can in no way, shape, or form consider ourselves out of the woods,” said Ranking Membe... Read more

  • Ranking Member Bost Joins Dr. Murphy, Colleagues in Calling for Veteran Mental Health Hearing Following Afghanistan Withdrawal
    Posted in Press Releases on August 31, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Full Committee

    Today, Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and Rep. Greg Murphy (R-N.C.), led a letter to Chairman Takano urging him to bring the Committee back to Washington, D.C. immediately to conduct a full committee hearing on veteran mental health following the events in Afghanistan. Additional co-signers of the letter include: Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.), Rep. Barry Moore (R-Ala.), Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.), Rep. Matthew Rosendale, Sr. (MT at-larg... Read more

  • Ranking Member Bost Calls for Regular Order Following Committee Markup of 8 Bills
    Posted in Press Releases on July 28, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, Economic Opportunity, Health, Full Committee

    Today, Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the below statement following the Committee markup of eight veterans’ bills which would impact the delivery of care and education, home loans, and compensation benefits to veterans: “I am proud of the bipartisan work that our Committee did today on six of the eight bills that came up for a vote. I am particularly proud of the bills led by General Bergman and Dr. Murphy. Their bills would supp... Read more

  • Bost Statement Following House Passage of 2 Bipartisan VA Bills
    Posted in Press Releases on July 27, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Full Committee

    Today, Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after the House passed two bills to bolster services at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). “The two bills that the House passed today will help VA better-serve veterans and non-veterans alike,” said Ranking Member Bost. “S. 957, the DUMP Act, will impact every community in America by allowing anyone, regardless of whether they are a veteran, to dispose of unused ... Read more

  • Bost, Tester Urge VA to Improve Travel Reimbursement Program for Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on July 23, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Today, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Ranking Member Mike Bost (R-Ill.) and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) are urging the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to make critical improvements to its travel reimbursement program for the nation’s veterans. “We write today to formally express our ongoing concerns regarding the roll out of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ new Beneficiary Travel Self-Service System (BTSSS),” wrote the members to VA Secretary Denis ... Read more

  • Ranking Member Bost Joins General Bergman in Introducing 3 Bills to Support Veterans and Caregivers
    Posted in Press Releases on July 22, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Today, Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.), the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Health, released the following statements after they introduced three key pieces of legislation to improve health care and services at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for veterans and their caregivers. “It’s simple - these three bills will help deliver the world-class care that veterans deserve,” said Ranking Member Bos... Read more

  • Ranking Member Bost Joins Dr. Murphy in Introducing Bill to Connect Student Veterans with Vet Center Resources
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Today, Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and Dr. Greg Murphy (R-N.C.), released the following statements after they introduced the Student Veterans Counseling Centers Eligibility Act, a bill which would expand VA Vet Center eligibility to student veterans. “Transitioning out of the military and going back to school can be stressful,” said Ranking Member Bost. “That’s why I am proud to join my friend, Dr. Murphy, in introducing the Student Ve... Read more

  • Bost Delivers Opening Remarks at Committee Markup of Honoring Our PACT Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 24, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, Health, Full Committee

    Today, Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, delivered the following opening statement, as prepared, at the start of the Committee markup of H.R. 3967, the Honoring Our PACT Act: Thank you. Let me begin by noting that this is the first time this Congress that this Committee has met in person. Other Committees have been meeting in person all Congress. We are overdue in joining them. It is fitting that this meeting is being held in-person because ... Read more

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