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Veterans

I am committed to making sure that the men and women who have served, are serving, or will serve in the U.S. military get the resources and care they need – both at home and abroad – and guarantee they receive the benefits they have earned.

As the son of a U.S. Navy veteran, I understand the importance of supporting those in uniform and providing them the dignity they are entitled to. This includes:

Boosting veteran benefits: I am committed to honoring our veteran’s service by ensuring they continue to receive all the benefits they have earned, which is why I’m a cosponsor of H.R. 1329, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-Of-Living Adjustment Act. This bill would increase cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) rates for veterans with service-connected disabilities and for survivors of certain disabled veterans.

Preventing veterans suicide: I was pleased to vote for the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act in February 2016 and watch former President Obama sign it into law. The law expands access to mental health services for our nation’s veterans and seeks to curb the epidemic of veterans’ suicides in our country.

Protecting veterans’ from toxic chemical contamination: Oscoda, Michigan, is home to the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base, which has groundwater near the base that is unsafe to drink because of dangerous per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS. I have worked to bring safe drinking water to veterans and their families living around the base and launched the PFAS Task Force in Congress to bring Democrats and Republicans together to pass policies that protect veterans and public health.

The following is a list of veteran-based legislation that was signed into law during the 115th Congress with my support.

  • H.R. 3218: The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (Forever G.I. Bill).
  • S. 2372: VA MISSION Act of 2018.
  • H.R. 2147: Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act of 2018.
  • H.R. 2519: The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act.
  • H.R. 244: HIRE Vets Act
  • H.R. 2288: Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017.
  • H.R. 1329: The Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act of 2017.
  • S. 1094: The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017.
  • S.1266: Enhancing Veteran Care Act.
  • S. 1393: Jobs for Our Heroes Act.
  • H.R. 4910: Veterans Cemetery Benefit Correction Act.
  • H.R. 2345: National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act.

More on Veterans

February 19, 2020 Press Release

Homemade Cards from Local Elementary Students Delivered to Veterans on Valentine’s Day

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today delivered over 500 valentine cards, handmade by mid-Michigan elementary and middle school students, to veterans at the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw.

January 27, 2020 Press Release

Veterans Exposed to Toxic Volatile Organic Compounds Chemicals are Facing Serious Health Issues

December 17, 2019 Press Release

Flint-Native and Decorated Navy Veteran Will Receive G.I. Bill Benefits After Members of Congress Intervene in Case

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, along with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that a Flint-native and decorated Navy veteran, Retired Senior Chief Russell Dotson, will receive tens of thousands of dollars of G.I. Bill higher education benefits owed to his family after the U.S. Navy wrongly denied this assistance because of a bureaucratic paperwork mistake.

December 12, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and co-chair of the bipartisan PFAS Task Force, released the following statement regarding the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act:

“As the head of the bipartisan PFAS Task Force, I want to thank Chairman Smith for including many important provisions that I championed to protect our service members and their families from PFAS chemical contamination and lead exposure.”

December 4, 2019 Press Release

Flint-Native and Decorated Navy Veteran Earned Benefits Through Service to Country Currently Being Denied to His Family

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, along with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today sent a letter to the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Navy regarding bureaucratic failures at the department that have resulted in a Flint-native and decorated Navy veteran being denied military benefits rightfully owed to the family.

October 15, 2019 Press Release

Congressional PFAS Task Force, in Bipartisan Letter, Previously Urged Defense Department Inspector General to Examine PFAS Chemical Contamination

September 10, 2019 Press Release

“This is Ridiculous,” Kildee Calls Out PFAS Manufacturers’ Hypocrisy and Unwillingness to Take Responsibility for PFAS Chemicals

September 4, 2019 Press Release

Kildee, Levin, Fitzpatrick and Dingell lead letter urging lawmakers to keep House and Senate PFAS provisions in NDAA

July 25, 2019 Press Release

Kildee Leads Bipartisan Letter Asking for Answers on the Defense Department’s Role and Response to Chemical Contamination

 

WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Inspector General to ask it to review the DoD’s use of and response to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at military sites. 31 Republicans and Democrats joined Congressman Kildee in sending the letter.

July 12, 2019 Press Release

Bill Would Improve Testing and Inspection of Lead in Paint

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation sponsored by Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, that would protect military families from the threat of lead exposure in their homes. This legislation, previously introduced by Congressman Kildee, is now a part of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2020, which passed the House 220-197.

The Kildee legislation would: