A bill amending veterans services stipulations might soon make it easier for vets facing challenges presented by their service to be more mobile.
According to a release from the office of Rep. Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), the bill, which was recently passed in the House of Representatives, includes “reforms and fixes” primarily aimed at helping veterans transition to civilian life, authorizing resources to help them do so.
Additionally, the bill would “aid veterans, service members and family members with issues that often arise due to military service”
As an example, Latta’s office said the legislation prohibits schools from placing penalties or burdens on students as a result of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), failing to pay GI bill payments on time.
In that vein, the bill also allows veterans to remove themselves from any cell phone, cable or internet contracts if they are required to move by the U.S. military for 90 days or more. It would also allow spouses of fallen soldiers to break lease agreements.
“The Veterans Benefit and Transition Act contains numerous provisions to help our service members, veterans and their family members,” said Latta. “Our country asks many of these men and women to move to different parts of the country and the world, and that can often result in unforeseen costs and hassles. This legislation will help our troops with many of the issues that these moves bring. It also reauthorizes veteran education programs, improves programs to combat veteran homelessness and outlines ways to improve VA medical facilities. Our veterans and service members serve our country with honor, and this bill will help us keep the promises made to them.”
Another portion of the bill would “require VA (facilities) to intern deceased spouses and dependents of active-duty service members in national cemeteries through Sept. 30, 2024.”
The bill passed by voice vote and will now require approval in the Senate.