It deals with education & training benefits.
A bill dealing with returning military veterans is making its way through the House of Representatives. The legislation sponsored by 6th District Congressman John Delaney (D-Md.) extends the life of the Veterans Advisory Committee on Education to December, 2015. It was scheduled to expire on December 31st, 2013. It would also expand membership on the committee to include veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.
"Obviously we got a lot of returning servicemen and women from those two engagements, and I think their voice should be heard and their input is incredibly valuable to the committee," says Delaney.
The Veterans Advisory Committee on Education works with the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs on improving educational and job training programs for returning vets.
Delaney's bill has received support from a number of veterans organizations, including the Military Officers Association of America, the Student Veterans Association, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, according to a news release from Delaney's office. "We are very pleased about that," he says.
He says the bill, which has bipartisan support, has been approved by the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, but hasn't yet come before the full House of Representatives.
Since he took on the job of Congressman, Delaney says his office has received a lot of calls from veterans who are eligible for benefits, but are having trouble getting through the VA bureaucracy. "My team works hard to make sure that the benefits are available to the veterans that they deserve," he says.