Jul 30 2015

Senator Blunt’s ‘Hire More Heroes Act’ Passes Senate; Veterans Choice Programs Expanded

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) today commended U.S. Senate passage of his Hire More Heroes Act, which encourages businesses to hire more American veterans, and the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015, which will increase competition and access by allowing veterans to seek treatment at non-VA medical facilities.

“Our veterans have selflessly served to protect America and deserve every opportunity to succeed,” Blunt said. “This means ensuring that our military heroes have opportunities to find good-paying jobs when they return home as well as providing our veterans with more health care choices so they can receive the care they need. These bills passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support. Working to improve the lives of our military, our veterans and their families should be a goal we all share.”

In 2014, Blunt originally introduced the bipartisan Hire More Heroes Act, which encourages companies to hire more American veterans, while providing relief from the burdensome ObamaCare employer mandate. He serves as a member of the bipartisan Congressional Veterans Job Caucus, where he is committed to helping America’s veterans find good-paying jobs as civilians.

Blunt spoke on the Senate floor this week about the importance of Veterans Choice Program provisions. These expanded programs will allow veterans living more than forty miles from a VA facility and those who are on a waiting list for more than thirty days to access care outside of the VA health care system.

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