Our men and women in uniform have made great sacrifices, and it is our duty as a nation to ensure that our service members and veterans get the resources and care they need – both at home and abroad – and guarantee they receive the benefits they have earned. This includes:
- Boosting veteran benefits: I am committed to honoring our veteran’s service by ensuring they continue to receive all of the benefits they have earned. That 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. Similar legislation has received bipartisan support in the past and it is the least we can do for our veterans.
- Improving veterans care: I continue to speak out on the issues with delayed and improper care at Veterans Administration (VA) health facilities that have come to light in recent years. These problems at the VA are indefensible, and we must do a better job of upholding our promise to our veterans and ensuring they receive the care they deserve.
- 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. Every day, too many veterans tragically take their own lives, many of whom suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. This law increases the capacity and efficiency at the VA to care for the more than one million veterans returning from war and ensures we meet our obligations to those who have served our country.
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Federal Funding Passed in Congress Will Now Be Granted to Oscoda Township
OSCODA—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) released the following statement following reports that high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) were found in deer in Oscoda Township:
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) released the following statement after recent reporting that contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)-tainted foam is grow
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New Legislation Requires Department of Veterans Affairs to Cover Health Conditions Linked to Chemical Contamination at Military Bases
Congressmen Dan Kildee (MI-05) and Brendan Boyle (PA-13), along with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), today introduced two bills to ensure that veterans and their families exposed to toxic chemicals at military installations get the health care services and benefits they need through the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA).
Bipartisan Amendment Expands Access to Firefighting Foam without PFAS
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan amendment introduced by Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) that will allow commercial airports to stop using firefighting foam that contains harmful toxic chemicals. The use of firefighting foam with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at airports and military bases has caused dangerous PFAS chemicals to leech into drinking water across the country. PFAS chemicals have been linked to harmful health effects in humans.
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) released the following statement on today’s U.S. Senate hearing on PFAS:
Bipartisan effort would increase cooperation between states with PFAS contamination and the federal government
Legislation to Help More Wounded Warriors Work in Public Service Set to Become Law
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan amendment introduced by Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) that will provide more opportunities for wounded veterans to continue to serve our country by working in congressional offices. The amendment was also sponsored by Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18). Congresswomen Gabbard and Congressman Mast are both veterans who served after 9/11.
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) released the following statement after $14 million was included in the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Administration spending bill to address contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS):