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Veterans’ Affairs Committee Considers Several Bills

On April 23, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a hearing on several bills, including a bill to provide counseling services for women veterans recently separated from the armed forces (H.R. 1575) and a bill to improve reproductive treatments for certain disabled veterans (as-yet-unnumbered).

Sponsored by Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL), H.R. 1575 would require the Readjustment Counseling Service of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to carry out a program to provide reintegration and readjustment services to women veterans in group settings. Such services would include reintegration into family, employment, and the community of veterans; financial counseling; occupational counseling; information and counseling on stress reduction; and information and counseling on conflict resolution.

Information on the bill to improve reproductive treatments for certain disabled veterans was not available as of press time.

The following witnesses testified during the hearing:

  • Gus Bilirakis (R-FL);
  • Janice Hahn (D-CA);
  • Jackie Walorski (R-IN);
  • Blake Ortner, deputy government relations director, Paralyzed Veteran of America;
  • Louis J. Celli Jr., director, National Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Division, The American Legion;
  • John Rowan, national president, Vietnam Veterans of America;
  • Adrian Atizado, assistant national legislative director, Disabled American Veterans; and
  • Rajiv Jain MD, assistant deputy under secretary for Health for Patient Care Services, VHA, Department of Veterans Affairs, accompanied by: Janet Murphy, acting deputy under secretary for Health for Operations and Management, VHA; and Jennifer Gray, attorney, Office of the General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs.
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