Legislative Hearing on H.R. 1460, H.R. 3016, H.R. 3245, H.R. 3279, H.R. 3337, H.R. 3723, and H.R. 4079, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, April 16, 2012   [open pdf - 352KB]

This is the April 16, 2012 hearing titled "Legislative Hearing on H.R. 1460, H.R. 3016, H.R. 3245, H.R. 3279, H.R. 3337, H.R. 3723, and H.R. 4079," before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. From the opening statement of Ann Marie Buerkle, "The seven bills on our agenda this afternoon are: H.R. 1460, to provide for the automatic enrollment of veterans returning from combat zones into the VA medical system; H.R. 3016, to direct the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to jointly operate the Federal Recovery Coordination Program; H.R. 3245, the Efficient Services for Veterans Act; H.R. 3279, to clarify that caregivers for veterans with serious illnesses are eligible for assistance and support services provided by the VA; H.R. 3337, the Open Burn Pit Registry Act; H.R. 3723, the Enhanced Veteran Healthcare Experience Act of 2011; and H.R. 4079, the Safe Housing for Homeless Veterans Act. Together, these bills touch on a full range of issues affecting our veterans as well as their families. The proposals we will discuss include measures to address fire and building safety code enforcement for homeless veterans participating in VA grant and per diem programs; streamline the eligibility determination for veterans seeking readjustment counseling services at Vet Centers; establish a registry for OEF/OIF [Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom]. veterans who may have been exposed to toxic chemicals caused by open burn pits; and allow veterans greater access to the health care they earned and deserve by reforming the VA's fee-basis care program and by providing for the automatic enrollment of returning combat veterans into the VA health care system. Additionally, we will discuss two bills, H.R. 3016 and H.R. 3279, that seek to improve programs that support some of our most seriously Wounded Warriors, the Federal Recovery Coordination Program and the Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers Program, respectively. These programs in particular are very familiar to this Subcommittee, which has held a total of four oversight hearings last year to examine them in depth." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ann Marie Buerkle, Michael H. Michaud, Russ Carnahan, William Owens, John Barrow, Jeff Denham, Silvestre Reyes, W. Todd Akin, Robert T. Schilling, David B. McKinley, Shane Barker, Adrian Atizado, Rene A. Campos, Ramsey Sulayman, Ralph Ibson, Susan Blauert, and Robert L. Jesse.

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