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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

May 28, 2021 Press Release

“A budget is a true statement of priorities and values. President Biden’s budget demonstrates he is committed to fighting for working-class families, not the wealthiest Americans. The President’s proposed budget makes critical investments to end this pandemic, rebuild our economy and protect the Great Lakes. 

May 9, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, along U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) andRepresentative John Moolenaar (MI-04), today sent a letter to the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Denis McDonough on behalf of over 125 Michigan veterans who have contacted their offices regarding problems with the VA’s new Beneficiary Travel program.

April 29, 2021 Press Release

“President Biden inherited a nation in crisis, including a raging pandemic and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. But with just 100 days in office, President Biden has already delivered results for the American people to defeat COVID-19 and get our economy back on track.

December 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, and Congressman Jack Bergman (MI-01) today applauded the passage of their legislation, the Transparency for Wounded Warriors Act, which was included in H.R. 7105 the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020.

November 18, 2020 Press Release

“Today’s report confirmed what many veterans serving at Wurtsmith feared, that during their service they were exposed to dangerous chemicals in their drinking water.

September 17, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, will virtually host the fourth annual Veterans and First Responders Recreation Week, from September 14 through September 20.  

September 17, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, and Congressman Jack Bergman (MI-01), introduced the Transparency for Wounded Warriors Act to ensure that injured service members receive their benefits earned through service to our country.

June 15, 2020 Press Release

“For 17 months, Paul Whelan has been unjustly detained by the Russian government. Russia has not presented any credible evidence to prove their outlandish charges, and they have refused to grant Mr. Whelan his basic human rights or the ability to properly defend himself in court.

“Today the Russian government harshly sentenced Paul Whelan despite not presenting credible evidence and denying him basic rights. This has gone on long enough.

April 27, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and co-chair of the Congressional PFAS Task Force, sent a new letter today to the Secretary of the Air Force, Barbara Barrett, calling on the Air Force to immediately act to clean-up harmful per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

March 25, 2020 Press Release

Congress Acts to Support Student Veterans, Access Their Hard-Earned Benefits

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, announced assistance for student veterans after recent action he supported in the U.S. House of Representatives. The House passed S. 3503, authorizing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to continue to provide educational benefits for postsecondary programs that have been converted to online learning due to the coronavirus pandemic.