LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Congresswoman helps disabled vets

To the editor:

My husband is a disabled veteran, so this is an issue that is close to my heart. Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s office has helped us personally by contacting the U.S. Veterans Administration on our behalf to help us resolve an issue. We had been in contact with the VA and a veterans service organization and gotten nowhere until her office stepped in. Thankfully they were able to help us.

In addition to helping us personally, the Congresswoman has supported a number of bills that benefit veterans.

She has supported veterans’ access to health care by sponsoring the Michael Lecik Military Firefighters Protection Act, which seeks to make it easier for veteran firefighters to get care and compensation for service-connected diseases and disabilities. She voted in support of the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act, which requires the VA to provide child care assistance to veterans who need it to seek treatment. This can be a huge barrier to care at the VA for young veterans.

Spanberger also voted for two bills to benefit veterans and their families economically. One, the Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act, allows surviving partners to keep control of their spouses’ businesses for a longer period of time. The Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Act supports the Boots to Business Program, which provides entrepreneurship training to veterans and active members of the Armed Forces.

The Congresswoman also supported the Homeless Veteran Families Act as well as the Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act of 2019, which establishes a new criminal offense for defrauding or attempting to defraud an individual of veterans’ benefits.

She helped veterans’ families with the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 which extends eligibility for health care, vocational training and rehabilitation and a monetary allowance to children with spina bifida who have at least one veteran parent who may have been exposed to an herbicide agent such as Agent Orange while serving.

I generally follow veterans bills in process and in my time watching them I haven’t come across a single one Spanberger didn’t support. These bills are so important to veterans and their families. Some of the bills are still waiting on Senate approval, while others have passed. I am hopeful that this information will help other veterans and I’m incredibly thankful to have a representative who supports veterans as much as they deserve. I urge any veterans who need help to contact her office and see how they can help.

Sarah Dorsey


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