Senate Unanimously Passes the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act

This post was originally published on this siteWASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Chairman Mark Takano released the following statement after the Senate unanimously passed the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, H.R. 299.  “Tonight, we can finally tell the tens of thousands of veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War … Read moreSenate Unanimously Passes the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act

Subcommittee on Technology Modernization Hearing: Implementation of Electronic Health Record Systems at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD)

This post was originally published on this siteOn Wednesday, June 12, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Technology Modernization will hold an oversight hearing entitled, ” Implementation of Electronic Health Record Systems at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD).” Please follow and like us:

Chairman Takano Statement on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

This post was originally published on this siteWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano issued the following statement in recognition of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. See a video of Chairman Takano’s floor speech here and his remarks as prepared below: [[{“fid”:”57″,”view_mode”:”full”,”fields”:{“format”:”full”,”field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]”:false,”field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]”:false},”link_text”:null,”type”:”media”,”field_deltas”:{“1”:{“format”:”full”,”field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]”:false,”field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]”:false}},”attributes”:{“style”:”height: 260px; width: 500px;”,”class”:”media-element file-full”,”data-delta”:”1″}}]] Madam Speaker, I … Read moreChairman Takano Statement on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

Chairman Takano, Senator Tester Demand Secret Waitlists from VA

This post was originally published on this siteWASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano and Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Jon Tester sent a letter yesterday to VA following a whistleblower claim alleging VA has secret waitlists for veterans seeking health care, as reported by the Washington Post. … Read moreChairman Takano, Senator Tester Demand Secret Waitlists from VA

Subcommittee on Technology Modernization Hearing: Modernizing Health Records for Servicemembers and Veterans: The Contractor Perspective

This post was originally published on this siteOn Tuesday, June 4, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Technology Modernization will hold an oversight hearing entitled, ” Modernizing Health Records for Servicemembers and Veterans: The Contractor Perspective.”  Please follow and like us:

Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity Hearing: Evaluating the Effectiveness of VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment programs

This post was originally published on this siteOn Tuesday, June 4, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity will hold an oversight hearing entitled, “Evaluating the Effectiveness of VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) programs.”  Please follow and like us:

Chairman Takano, Ranking Member Roe Statement on DOJ Decision Not to Appeal Procopio

This post was originally published on this siteWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano and Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe issued the following statement after the Department of Justice announced it will not appeal the Procopio decision: “We are encouraged by DOJ’s decision not to appeal Procopio and further … Read moreChairman Takano, Ranking Member Roe Statement on DOJ Decision Not to Appeal Procopio

Chairman Takano Statement on Memorial Day 2019

This post was originally published on this siteWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano issued the following statement in recognition of Memorial Day 2019. “This Memorial Day, we must take a moment to honor the sacrifice of all those who’ve served our country in war and in peace– it … Read moreChairman Takano Statement on Memorial Day 2019

Chairman Takano Delivers Remarks on “Kiddie Tax” Fix for Gold Star Families

This post was originally published on this siteWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) spoke at a press conference highlighting Representative Elaine Luria’s bill, the Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act, which would fix the “kiddie tax” loophole that forces Gold Star families to pay extra taxes on their … Read moreChairman Takano Delivers Remarks on “Kiddie Tax” Fix for Gold Star Families

VA Skips Hearing Addressing Government Watchdog Recommendations

This post was originally published on this siteWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held its first Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing entitled, “Improving the Department of Veterans Affairs Effectiveness: Responding to Recommendations from Oversight Agencies” to address VA’s plan to remove itself from the GAO High Risk List. But, in unprecedented … Read moreVA Skips Hearing Addressing Government Watchdog Recommendations

Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Oversight Hearing: Improving the Department of Veterans Affairs Effectiveness: Responding to Recommendations from Oversight Agencies

This post was originally published on this siteOn Wednesday, May 22, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold an oversight hearing entitled, “Improving the Department of Veterans Affairs Effectiveness: Responding to Recommendations from Oversight Agencies.”  Please follow and like us:

Joint Subcommittees on Health and Technology and Modernization Oversight Hearing: MISSION Critical: Caring for Our Heroes:

This post was originally published on this site  On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at 10:00 am the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health, and Subcommittee on Technology Modernization will hold a joint oversight hearing entitled, “MISSION Critical: Caring for Our Heroes.”    Please follow and like us:

House Passes 9 Bills To Deliver Clear Results for Veterans

This post was originally published on this siteWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed all 9 bills brought to the floor from the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs getting clear results for veterans on suicide prevention, transition assistance, and homelessness. In the wake of the national public health crisis of veteran suicide, five … Read moreHouse Passes 9 Bills To Deliver Clear Results for Veterans

HASC & HVAC Joint Committee Hearing: Military and Veteran Suicide: Understanding the Problem and Preparing for the Future

This post was originally published on this siteOn Tuesday, May 21, 2019, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel and the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health will hold a joint oversight hearing entitled, “Military and Veteran Suicide: Understanding the Problem and Preparing for the Future.”  Please follow and like us:

Health Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Fiscal Year 2020 Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for the Veterans Health Administration

This post was originally published on this siteOn Wednesday, May 15, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Health will hold an oversight hearing entitled, “Fiscal Year 2020 Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for the Veterans Health Administration.”    The subcommittee will meet at 2:00 p.m., in room 210 of the House Visitors … Read moreHealth Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Fiscal Year 2020 Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for the Veterans Health Administration

POSTPONED: Health Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Fiscal Year 2020 Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for the Veterans Health Administration

This post was originally published on this sitePostponed until further notice.   On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Health will hold an oversight hearing entitled, “Fiscal Year 2020 Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for the Veterans Health Administration.”    The subcommittee will meet at 2:00 p.m., in room … Read morePOSTPONED: Health Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Fiscal Year 2020 Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for the Veterans Health Administration

POSTPONED: Economic Opportunity Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Examining Mid-Semester School Closures Impact on Student Veterans

This post was originally published on this sitePostponed until further notice.    On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity will hold an oversight hearing entitled, “Examining Mid-Semester School Closures Impact on Student Veterans.”    The subcommittee will meet at 10:00 a.m., in room 210 of the House Visitors … Read morePOSTPONED: Economic Opportunity Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Examining Mid-Semester School Closures Impact on Student Veterans

Economic Opportunity Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Examining Mid-Semester School Closures Impact on Student Veterans

This post was originally published on this siteOn Wednesday, May 15, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity will hold an oversight hearing entitled, “Examining Mid-Semester School Closures Impact on Student Veterans.”    The subcommittee will meet at 10:00 a.m., in room 210 of the House Visitors Center.    Please follow and … Read moreEconomic Opportunity Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Examining Mid-Semester School Closures Impact on Student Veterans

House Passes Legislation to Extend Benefits to Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans

This post was originally published on this siteWASHINGTON, D.C. – – Today, Chairman Mark Takano (D-Cali.) and Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) released the following statements after the House passed the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, H.R. 299. The bill unanimously passed the House, 410 – 0.  “I am so proud … Read moreHouse Passes Legislation to Extend Benefits to Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans

Chairman Takano: Today We Will Finally Give Blue Water Navy Veterans The Justice They Deserve

This post was originally published on this siteWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano praised bipartisan action on H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, ahead of a historic vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.   Chairman Mark Takano’s remarks as delivered can … Read moreChairman Takano: Today We Will Finally Give Blue Water Navy Veterans The Justice They Deserve

VSO Leaders Offer “Strongest Support” for Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act

This post was originally published on this siteWASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter to House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano and Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe, leaders from Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, Military Officers Association of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Paralyzed Veterans … Read moreVSO Leaders Offer “Strongest Support” for Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act

VA Must “Do Better” When Addressing Sexual Harassment

This post was originally published on this siteWASHINGTON, D.C. – House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) led a letter, released today, signed by Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe, Representative Julia Brownley, Representative Neal Dunn, Representative Chris Pappas, and Representative Jack Bergman calling on Secretary Wilkie to share information from the U.S. Department … Read moreVA Must “Do Better” When Addressing Sexual Harassment

Chairman Takano Addresses Veteran Suicides, VA Staffing At Atlanta VAMC

This post was originally published on this siteWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano visited the Atlanta VA Medical Center along with Representative Lucy McBath (GA-06) and met with key members of the facility’s leadership team to discuss staffing and efforts to prevent veteran suicide.   Chairman Mark Takano’s remarks … Read moreChairman Takano Addresses Veteran Suicides, VA Staffing At Atlanta VAMC

Joint Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Examining Ongoing Forever GI Bill Implementation Efforts

This post was originally published on this siteOn Thursday, May 9, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittees on Economic Opportunity and Technology Modernization will hold a joint oversight hearing entitled “Examining Ongoing Forever GI Bill Implementation Efforts.”   The subcommittees will meet at 10:00 a.m., in room 210 of the House Visitors Center.   … Read moreJoint Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Examining Ongoing Forever GI Bill Implementation Efforts

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Passes 18 Bills Out of Committee

This post was originally published on this siteWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held its first full committee markup passing all of the 18 bills on the agenda and continuing its work to deliver clear results for veterans on suicide prevention, homelessness, and finally delivering justice for our Blue Water Navy … Read moreHouse Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Passes 18 Bills Out of Committee

Chairman Takano Responds to “Alarming” OIG Report

This post was originally published on this siteWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) responded to the Department of Veterans Affairs office of the Inspector General new report, Expendable Inventory Management System: Oversight of Migration from Catamaran to the Generic Inventory Package, which revealed alarming problems with VA’s management … Read moreChairman Takano Responds to “Alarming” OIG Report

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Launches Bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force

This post was originally published on this siteWashington, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs launched a new bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force to increase the visibility of the two million women veterans living in the United States and to promote inclusivity and equitable access to resources, benefits, and healthcare for women veterans. … Read moreHouse Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Launches Bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force

Health Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Cultural Barriers Impacting Women Veterans’ Access to Healthcare.

This post was originally published on this siteOn Thursday, May 2, 2019, Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health will hold an oversight hearing entitled “Cultural Barriers Impacting Women Veterans’ Access to Healthcare.”   The subcommittee will meet at 10:00 a.m. in 1300 of the Longworth House Office Building. Please follow and like us:

Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee Hearing: H.R. 1199, H.R. 1200, H.R. 1126, H.R. 1628, H.R. 1826, and other draft legislation

This post was originally published on this siteOn Wednesday, May 1, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs will hold the rescheduled legislative hearing on H.R. 1199, H.R. 1200, H.R. 1126, H.R. 1628, H.R. 1826, a draft bill to permit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a grant … Read moreDisability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee Hearing: H.R. 1199, H.R. 1200, H.R. 1126, H.R. 1628, H.R. 1826, and other draft legislation

Chairman Takano – H.R. 299 Is Clearest Route to Finally Deliver Benefits to Blue Water Navy Veterans

This post was originally published on this siteWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) delivered remarks and presented an updated version of H.R. 299, before the first Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs legislative hearing. Below is a link to the video of the Chairman’s statement and his … Read moreChairman Takano – H.R. 299 Is Clearest Route to Finally Deliver Benefits to Blue Water Navy Veterans

Economic Opportunity Subcommittee Hearing: Fiscal Year 2020 President’s Budget: Requests Related to Veterans’ Readjustment Benefits

This post was originally published on this siteOn Tuesday, April 30, 2019, Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity will hold an oversight hearing entitled “Fiscal Year 2020 President’s Budget: Requests Related to Veterans’ Readjustment Benefits.”   The subcommittee will meet at 2:00 p.m. in 2253 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Please follow … Read moreEconomic Opportunity Subcommittee Hearing: Fiscal Year 2020 President’s Budget: Requests Related to Veterans’ Readjustment Benefits

Health Subcommittee Legislative Hearing: Draft Legislation including H.R. 100, H.R. 712, H.R.1647, H.R. 2191

This post was originally published on this siteOn Tuesday, April 30, 2019, Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health will hold a legislative hearing on H.R. 100, H.R. 712, H.R.1647, H.R. 2191, a draft bill on “GAO Suicide Prevention”, a draft bill on “VA – Whole Health”, a draft bill on “GAO MOU and MOA”, … Read moreHealth Subcommittee Legislative Hearing: Draft Legislation including H.R. 100, H.R. 712, H.R.1647, H.R. 2191

Full Committee Oversight Hearing: Tragic Trends: Suicide Prevention Among Veterans

This post was originally published on this siteOn Monday, April 29, 2019, Committee on Veterans’ full committee will hold an oversight hearing entitled “Tragic Trends: Suicide Prevention Among Veterans.” The Committee will meet at 7:00 p.m. in 1334 of the Longworth House Office Building. Please follow and like us:

Chairman Takano Delivers Opening Remarks before First Hearing to Address Veteran Suicide this Congress

This post was originally published on this siteWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) delivered opening remarks before the full committee oversight hearing entitled “Tragic Trends: Suicide Prevention Among Veterans.” Below is a link to the video of the Chairman’s opening statement and his remarks as prepared:   [[{“fid”:”51″,”view_mode”:”full”,”fields”:{“format”:”full”,”field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]”:false,”field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]”:false},”link_text”:null,”type”:”media”,”field_deltas”:{“2”:{“format”:”full”,”field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]”:false,”field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]”:false}},”attributes”:{“style”:”height: … Read moreChairman Takano Delivers Opening Remarks before First Hearing to Address Veteran Suicide this Congress

ICYMI: Chairman Takano Pens Op Ed on Veteran Suicide

This post was originally published on this siteWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) penned an op ed to address the national public health crisis of veteran suicide. This comes before the Committee’s press conference this afternoon and the first hearing on veteran suicide this Congress tonight at 7pm: … Read moreICYMI: Chairman Takano Pens Op Ed on Veteran Suicide

Joint Subcommittee Field Hearing: “Protecting Those Who Protect Us: Ensuring the Success of our Student Veterans”

This post was originally published on this siteOn Wednesday, April 24, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, and the Committee on Education & Labor Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment, will hold a joint field hearing entitled “Protecting Those Who Protect Us: Ensuring the Success of our Student Veterans.”   … Read moreJoint Subcommittee Field Hearing: “Protecting Those Who Protect Us: Ensuring the Success of our Student Veterans”

Chairman Takano: “This Is A National Crisis”

This post was originally published on this siteWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) released the statement below following several concerning reports of veteran suicides in the past week: “My sincere condolences to the family and friends of the veteran who died by suicide last night outside the Austin … Read moreChairman Takano: “This Is A National Crisis”

Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity Hearing on Pending Legislation

This post was originally published on this siteOn Tuesday, April 9, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity will hold a hearing on HR 95, HR 444, HR 1718, a discussion draft “To amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements to the educational assistance programs of the Department of … Read moreSubcommittee on Economic Opportunity Hearing on Pending Legislation

Chairman Takano Delivers Opening Remarks before FY 2020 Budget Hearing

This post was originally published on this siteWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) delivered opening remarks before the full committee oversight hearing entitled “U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2020.” Below is a link to the video of the Chairman’s opening statement and his … Read moreChairman Takano Delivers Opening Remarks before FY 2020 Budget Hearing

Full Committee Oversight Hearing: “U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2020”

This post was originally published on this siteOn Wednesday, April 3, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs full committee will hold an oversight hearing entitled “ U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2020.” The committee will meet at 2:00 p.m. in room 1334 of the Longworth House Office Building. Watch the … Read moreFull Committee Oversight Hearing: “U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2020”

Full Committee Oversight Hearing: “MISSION Critical: Assessing the Technology to Support Community Care”

This post was originally published on this siteOn Tuesday, April 2, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs full committee will hold an oversight hearing entitled “MISSION Critical: Assessing the Technology to Support Community Care.” The committee will meet at 2:00 p.m. in room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Watch the meeting here Meeting documents … Read moreFull Committee Oversight Hearing: “MISSION Critical: Assessing the Technology to Support Community Care”

Subcommittee on Technology Modernization: “Mapping the Challenges and Progress of the Office of Information and Technology”

This post was originally published on this siteOn Tuesday, April 2, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Technology Modernization will hold an oversight hearing entitled “Mapping the Challenges and Progress of the Office of Information and Technology.” The subcommittee will meet at 10:15 a.m. in room 1302 of the Longworth House Office Building. … Read moreSubcommittee on Technology Modernization: “Mapping the Challenges and Progress of the Office of Information and Technology”

Chairman Takano Delivers Opening Remarks before Hearing Assessing Key IT Solution Implementation

This post was originally published on this siteWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) delivered opening remarks before the full committee oversight hearing entitled “MISSION Critical: Assessing the Technology to Support Community Care.” Below is a link to the video of the Chairman’s opening statement and his remarks as prepared: … Read moreChairman Takano Delivers Opening Remarks before Hearing Assessing Key IT Solution Implementation

Takano, Tester Take VA to Task over Proposed Access Standards

This post was originally published on this siteWashington D.C. – Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Congressman Mark Takano and Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Senator Jon Tester today led a group of 55 members of Congress to voice their concerns about the VA’s proposed VA MISSION Act access standards that … Read moreTakano, Tester Take VA to Task over Proposed Access Standards

Chairman Takano Demands Answers Given Concerns VA’s IT Solutions Could Disrupt Healthcare for 75,000 Veterans Each Day

This post was originally published on this siteWASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) issued the following statement regarding the serious concerns raised about VA’s IT solutions in the latest Pro Publica story: “The recent U.S. Digital Service (USDS) report on implementation of technology systems to support the Community … Read moreChairman Takano Demands Answers Given Concerns VA’s IT Solutions Could Disrupt Healthcare for 75,000 Veterans Each Day

Citing New Evidence Chairman Takano Broadens Mar-a-Lago Investigation

This post was originally published on this siteWASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) sent the following letter notifying the Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs that the Committee is expanding the scope of its investigation into potential undue influence on VA beyond the Mar-a-Lago “three”: Citing a … Read moreCiting New Evidence Chairman Takano Broadens Mar-a-Lago Investigation

Chairman Takano Gives Opening Remarks before the Legislative Presentation of Multiple Veterans Service Organizations

This post was originally published on this siteWASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) delivered opening remarks before the Legislative Presentation of Multiple Veterans Service Organization at the Joint House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Hearing. Organizations testifying included: NASDVA, FRA, GSW, VBA, JWV, MOPH, and MOAA. Below is a … Read moreChairman Takano Gives Opening Remarks before the Legislative Presentation of Multiple Veterans Service Organizations