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Veterans and the Military

Our men and women in uniform have made significant sacrifices, and it is our duty as a nation to ensure that we look after them – both at home and abroad – to guarantee they receive the benefits they have earned. Caring for our returning veterans should be one of our nation’s top priorities. That’s why I spoke out on the issues with delayed and improper care at Veterans Administration (VA) health facilities that came to light last year. 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.

Thus, I was pleased when the House unanimously passed my amendment which would require a private, independent review of the VA’s health care system. Such an independent investigation is needed to immediately find solutions that will provide better care for our veterans and wounded warriors.

Recently, I also was a proud supporter of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for America’s Veterans Act, a bill that seeks to curb the epidemic of veterans’ suicides in our country. Every day, 22 veterans tragically take their own lives, many of whom suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. This bipartisan bill will help increase access to mental health care for returning men and women in uniform and ensure we meet our obligations to those who have served our country.

Amir Hekmati

Every day in Congress, I advocate for the release of Amir Hekmati, who continues to be unjustly held as a political prisoner in Iran. Amir, a Flint native and former U.S. Marine, went to Iran to visit his family in 2011 and was subsequently arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced to death, accused of being a spy. He was later retried and sentenced to 10 years in prison – a sentence he continues to serve today in Evin Prison.

I will continue to do everything I can to draw attention to his imprisonment and fight for his release. I speak with President Obama and Administration officials on a regular basis to continue to advocate for Amir to be reunited with his family in Michigan at every opportunity. I will not stop fighting for Amir’s release until he is home with his family in Michigan.

More on Veterans and the Military

May 26, 2017 Press Release

Kildee’s Legislation Seeks to Combat Suicide Rates, Increase Financial Literacy and Increase Access to Affordable Housing for Service Members

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today introduced a comprehensive legislative package in Congress aimed at addressing many of the critical issues service members face, including combatting suicide rates, increasing financial literacy and ensuring affordable housing.

Congressman Kildee’s bills address three key issues facing veterans:

April 20, 2017 Press Release

Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) is pleased to announce the approval of the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) at Genesee Career Institute (GCI). The Army JROTC program, facilitated and taught by retired Army personnel at GCI, will be open to any Genesee County high school student in grades 9-12, beginning in the fall of 2017.

March 11, 2017 In The News

Back pain and bureaucracy: One injured soldier's quest to prove his injuries

When Sgt. 1st Class Cameron Corder broke his back in a helicopter accident three years ago, he wasn’t thinking about what paperwork he needed to file to properly document the crippling pain. 

October 24, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement in response to the reports that the military is forcing veterans to repay reenlistment bonuses they received during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “It is unconscionable that the military and National Guard are forcing veterans, who in good faith accepted bonuses to reenlist to serve their country during the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to repay this money. Unless the military can affirmatively prove that a service member fraudulently obtained a bonus, the military must stop this destructive process.

September 26, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) introduced legislation that would allow veterans to retain their Post-9/11 G.I. Bill housing allowances for up to four months if their university closes unexpectedly. On September 6, 2016, ITT Technical Institute closed its doors to students across the country and potentially left thousands of veterans using their Post-9/11 G.I. Bill housing allowances without a place to live.

May 19, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) has passed an amendment in the U.S. House of Representatives seeking to curb increasing the high rate of suicide among veterans and ensure that our men and women in uniform have expanded access to mental health care services.

January 12, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement today after Michigan Governor Rick Snyder deployed the Michigan National Guard to assist with the ongoing water crisis in Flint: "I have repeatedly called for the Governor to deploy the Michigan National Guard to assist in the Flint water crisis and I am glad to see he has finally acted on this matter. What is going on in Flint is a serious ongoing public health emergency. "Flint needs more action and less talk from Governor Snyder.

November 10, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced new legislation he has introduced to direct the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) and the military to provide more effective mental health resources to veterans and active duty personnel at high risk of suicide. Recent reporting on veteran suicide rates has shown alarming suicide rates among a select number of units returning from combat. Despite these disturbing trends in particular units, neither the VA nor the Department of Defense track veteran suicide rates by unit or any other comparable measure.

May 19, 2015 Press Release

Kildee Enters Names of Local Veterans into Congressional Record; Accompanies Them on Tour of WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.