Throughout my tenure in the Senate, providing for our veterans has always been a top priority of mine. With over 300,000 veterans calling Nevada home, I recently introduced several pieces of legislation to ensure veterans and service members receive the resources they need to thrive. Whether it be improving services at the VA or providing essential business training for military families transitioning into civilian life, these initiatives will greatly benefit those who have sacrificed so much to protect our country.
One of my most valued responsibilities I have in the Senate is serving on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. For years, I have worked hard to hold the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) accountable for its promises. I have also sought to increase its transparency to help our veterans in need. This Congress, I re-introduced the Veterans Affairs Bonus Transparency Act, which requires the VA to submit an annual report highlighting the bonuses and performance awards granted to certain high-level employees at the VA who manage the benefits and care provided to veterans on the local level—including our VA hospitals in Reno and Las Vegas. I believe the VA has a responsibility to provide our veterans with the best services, and implementing a more transparent system will lead to greater accountability at the VA.
I also re-introduced the CARE for Veterans’ Dependents legislation to ensure VA-funded homeless shelters are reimbursed for providing family members of a struggling veteran food and shelter to reduce the risk of separating families during difficult times. Unfortunately, many veterans fall on hard times after leaving the military, which is why I am working hard to solve this serious problem. Additionally, I am a proud to announce the introduction of my Veterans Small Business Ownership Improvement bill. This piece of legislation will establish several small business programs that provide entrepreneurship and other business training to members of the Armed Forces transitioning into civilian life.
As Nevada’s senior Senator, I look forward to advancing these legislative efforts. Time and again, we have overlooked too many suffering veterans, and I will diligently work with my colleagues to ensure our nation’s heroes receive the care they deserve on a daily basis. As always, I want to be of help to any Nevada veterans facing difficulties in working with their local VA services. Either my staff or I would be happy to assist you. To reach my Las Vegas office, please call (702) 388-6605. I will continue to fight for our veterans until they receive the care they have earned. +