Congresswoman Elaine Luria Announces House Passage of Several Bills to Help Veterans

February 26, 2020
Press Release

This week, Congresswoman Elaine Luria supported the House passage of multiple pieces of legislation that would advance key priorities for veterans. These range from easing the financial burdens of Gold Star Families to increasing transparency at the VA.

The House passed the Gold Star Spouses and Spouses of Injured Servicemembers Leasing Relief Expansion Act. This bipartisan bill would provide much-needed financial relief to military families suffering from the loss or a catastrophic injury of a loved one.

Due to the nature of military service, many military families must relocate quickly and frequently. Unfortunately, if a servicemember dies or suffers a serious injury, his or her spouse can be obligated to pay off the remainder of their residential or automobile leases. The Gold Star Spouses and Spouses of Injured Servicemembers Leasing Relief Expansion Act would allow these spouses to terminate those leases within a year of the tragic incident.

“Gold Star Families already paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation, and we must help them in any way that we can,” Congresswoman Luria said. “The House proudly voted to assist our most heroic families with the overwhelming financial hardships that they experience. I praise the House for passing the Gold Star Spouses and Spouses of Injured Servicemembers Leasing Relief Expansion Act and urge the Senate to follow the House’s lead.”

Other legislation that the House passed on this week with Congresswoman Luria’s support include:

  • The G.I. and Veteran Education Empowerment (GIVE) Act (H.R. 4852). This bill would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide veterans with certain information that can help them choose the secondary educational options that work best for them. The information includes religious affiliation of the institution and whether it’s minority-serving or is male or female only.
  • The Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2019 (H.R. 561). H.R. 561 aims to correct a persistent contracting problem in the Vets First Program. It requires participants of this program to certify that they perform the amount of work required by their contract, rather than passing it to other companies. This bill will open business opportunities for willing and capable veterans who follow the rules.
  • The VA Reporting Transparency Act (H.R. 4613). This bipartisan bill would increase transparency and accountability at the VA. If signed into law, it will require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to create and maintain a public website that where people can obtain reports on VA service and accessibility.

“I am pleased that the House passed important legislation advancing key priorities for our veterans in a bipartisan fashion,” Congresswoman Luria said. “From boosting transparency at the VA to helping veterans make informed decisions about education, these bills covered lots of ground. For the sake of our bravest men and women, we must continue working across party lines to do right for our veterans.”

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.