The key recommendations for assisting veterans as they transition home include increasing the availability of medical and mental-health care, restructuring the benefits claim process and providing more job training, education and housing.
This is what Colorado’s congressional delegation say they are doing to advance those improvements:
Sen. Michael Bennet
Working with the Department of Veterans Affairs to expand the medical services available to veterans in rural areas. This includes enabling them to access private medical services.
Pushing for a congressionally charted nonprofit corporation, called the National Veteran Support Network, that would support communities as they seek to meld public and private resources for veterans.
Advocating for an end to current policy that requires student veterans to immediately repay GI Bill benefit overpayments.
Working to expand the VetsSucess on Campus program, which places a Veterans Affairs vocational rehabilitation counselor on college campuses across the country.
Sen. Mark Udall
Co-sponsoring an amendment to create a national registry of service members and veterans medically impacted by pollution from open-air burn pits.
Urging the Defense Department to speed research and authorization of Traumatic Brain Injury treatments for service members.
Urging the Defense Department to streamline its process for removing “homosexual conduct” and similar references as the reason for discharge of service members discharged under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Ensure post-Sept. 11 veterans are notified of their potential eligibility for increased disability benefits if they appeal the decision made when they left the military.
Rep. Scott Tipton
Co-sponsor the Healthy Vets Act of 2011 to expand care for veterans in rural areas by allowing them to receive timely care at facilities that are more accessible geographically.
Voted in favor of the GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011 to help 30,000 veterans enrolled based on the rules of the original Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Voted in favor of the Veterans Appeals Improvement Act, which streamlines and speeds up the process for appealing a benefits ruling.
Voted in favor of an amendment to increase funding for the Gulf War Illness Program by $3.6 million (funding was reduced for Armed Forces television network to offset the increase).
Voted in favor of the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act of 2011 to create an employment training service program for veterans and to modify other federal programs that serve veterans.
Tipton’s office also noted he had hosted a number of visitors through Honor Flight, a program that brings veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit memorials in their honor.