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  • Roe Introduces Bill to Modernize Eligibility for VA Healthcare for First Time in More Than Two Decades
    Posted in Press Releases on July 1, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after introducing The Modernizing Veterans' Healthcare Eligibility Act to create a bipartisan commission to assess veterans’ eligibility for care within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and make recommendations for how to revise and simplify it for the first time since 1996. “Today’s diverse veteran population deserve a healthcare system that was designed ... Read more

  • Ranking Member Roe Applauds Presidential Task Force Report on Preventing Veteran Suicide
    Posted in Press Releases on June 17, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after the release of the President's Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) Task Force report: “I applaud Dr. Van Dahlen and the entire President’s PREVENTS Task Force on the release of their roadmap to preventing veteran suicide today,” said Ranking Member Roe. “I was honored to have Dr. Van Dahlen and her team visit Tenness... Read more

  • Ranking Member Roe, Chairman Takano Call on VA to Establish Working Group to Support Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma
    Posted in Press Releases on April 27, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Full Committee

    Today, during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) sent a bipartisan letter with to the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie highlighting the need for increased support for survivors of military sexual trauma (MST)-- especially as the COVID-19 pandemic and social-distancing may exacerbate stressors for these veterans. Following a joint hearing of the House Committee on Vete... Read more

  • Ranking Member Roe Introduces Bill to Safeguard Paid Parental Leave for VA Clinicians
    Posted in Press Releases on March 2, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after he introduced H.R. 6036, the VA Family Leave Act of 2020, on Friday: “I am proud to introduce this important piece of legislation to ensure that all VA employees have access to the family and medical leave benefits that they are entitled to,” said Roe. “The VA Family Leave Act of 2020 would close a loophole in the FY 2020 NDAA that inadvertently exempted do... Read more

  • Ranking Member Roe Applauds House Passage of PAWS Act
    Posted in Press Releases on February 5, 2020 | 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 after the House passed of H.R. 4305, The Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act: "I am pleased to see that the House unanimously passed this important bill today to assist veterans struggling with PTSD and other mental health challenges through service dog training therapy. Mental wellness does not have a one-size-fits-all solution, wh... Read more

  • Ranking Member Roe Applauds Senate VA Committee Passage of Amended IMPROVE Act
    Posted in Press Releases on January 29, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Full Committee

    Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs passed an amended version of the bipartisan IMPROVE Well-Being for Veterans Act: "I applaud Chairman Moran, Ranking Member Tester, and the other Members of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee for voting unanimously this morning in support of an amended version of the IMPROVE Act that would allow veterans at-risk ... Read more

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

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