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Veterans

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.

 

More on Veterans

November 14, 2017 Press Release

Kildee Continues Fight for Clean-up of Harmful Chemicals at Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Other Military Installations Across the Country

November 11, 2017 In The News

Veterans were honored all over today with multiple ceremonies happening throughout Mid-Michigan.

Veterans Day gives us the chance to hear from those who served and ask them what that time was like, but for many of them, it can be difficult to talk about.

“Who I am today was very much born in battle and was born from that service,” said Geoff Roberts, an Army Veteran.

Roberts is using his sixth Veterans Day to share his story of service.

November 2, 2017 In The News

Cameron Corder didn't know his battle was just beginning in August 2013 after a medic mission in Afghanistan when he sustained a back injury.

The 2001 Clio High School graduate was knocked backward and struck his back on a metal box in August 2013 while attending to an injured Marine that became combative aboard a helicopter in Afghanistan.

While moving from a base in Shukvani, Afghanistan, to Kandahar, the problem grew worse for Corder, a Sgt. First Class in the Army National Guard, to the point he could not walk on his right leg.

November 2, 2017 Press Release

Clio Service Member Will Receive $100,000 in Traumatic Injury Benefits After Kildee Intervention in Case Marked by Years of Bureaucratic Delay

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) has successfully worked to get an injured service member benefits that were wrongly and repeatedly denied by the U.S. Army.

September 20, 2017 In The News

 The federal government is reopening a 16-year-old health report on the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda at the urging of legislators and veterans seeking coverage for illnesses they contend were caused by exposure to toxic chemicals.

August 1, 2017 Press Release

Lawmakers Ask White House to Do More for Affected Residents in Oscoda, Other Communities Across the Country

July 27, 2017 Press Release

The U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously adopted an amendment introduced by Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) that will provide more opportunities for wounded veterans to continue to serve by working in congressional offices.

The House late Wednesday evening adopted an amendment to H.R. 3219, the defense “minibus” spending bill, which will expand the House of Representatives Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program, which provides wounded post-9/11 veterans the opportunity to serve in two-year paid fellowships within the House.

July 25, 2017 Press Release

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation introduced by Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) that protects student veterans’ housing to ensure that they get the G.I. benefits that they have earned. Congressman Kildee introduced the legislation after ITT Technical Institute abruptly closed, which put thousands of veterans and their educational and housing benefits at risk.

July 14, 2017 Press Release

NDAA Amendments Require Defense Department to Conduct Health Study on Impacts of Harmful PFCs and Look for Alternative to Toxic Chemical

July 13, 2017 Press Release

The Rules Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to take up two bipartisan amendments by Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) that seek to address drinking water contamination in communities, like Oscoda, that have been affected by the military’s use of perflourinated chemicals (PFCs).