Ranking Member Buyer 

Ranking Member Steve Buyer

Schools Participating in the GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program

Click on the link below to obtain information on schools participating in the GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program:  http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/CH33/YRP/YRP_List.htm

Pandemic Flu Information Available from VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs has deployed a website and a toll-free phone (800-507-4571) number for veterans seeking information on Pandemic influenza.  Click here to access the VA’s website at http://www.pandemicflu.va.gov.  For information from the Center for Disease Control, please click here.

Post 9/11 GI Bill

VA will begin taking applications for the new Post 9/11 GI Bill on May 1, 2009.  The new program is very complex so service members who are eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill and are considering converting to the Post 9/11 GI Bill should compare the benefits of the two programs to determine which best suits the service member’s particular situation.  The following links you to VA’s GI Bill website which contains information about all current GI Bill programs including the Post 9/11 GI Bill.  The site also and links to the VA’s online application program called VONAPP.  http://www.gibill.va.gov/

VA’s Plan to implement the Recovery Act

Click on the link above for information on how the Department of Veterans Affairs plans to implement funds from the Recovery Act.

110th Congress Record of Veterans Legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives passed 75 Veterans bills during the 110th Congress.  Of these, 18 became law, including many important bipartisan initiatives.  Click here to learn more!

Veterans Affairs: Historical Budget Authority, Fiscal Years 1940 through 2007

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has issued a report providing the History of the Budget Authority for the Department of Veterans Affairs from Fiscal Years 1940 through 2007. To view the report, please click here.

VA Benefits Handbook Now Available: 

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that the latest edition of the Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents handbook is now available online.  To view the new handbook, please click here.


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(202) 225-3527

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Veterans Organizations Voice Concerns Over National Health Care Proposal; Buyer Agrees that the Complex Legislation Could Have Harmful Impact on Veterans

Friday, July 31, 2009

Washington, D.C. —Major veterans’ organizations are speaking out against a number of provisions within the proposed House version of the national health care reform plan that could adversely affect veterans and their families.

Buyer Amendments Protect Veterans’ Health Care Options and VA/DOD Authority; Secures Leadership Commitment to Consider Additional Protections for Veterans

Friday, July 31, 2009

Washington, D.C. — Steve Buyer, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, successfully amended the House version of the national health care reform bill (H.R. 3200) to protect veterans from potentially harmful provisions.

Buyer, Brown, and Michaud Introduce Bill to Expand Benefits for Severely Injured Veterans; Measure Would Increase Aid and Attendance by Fifty Percent without New Spending

Friday, July 31, 2009

Washington, D.C. Yesterday, Congressmen Steve Buyer, Henry Brown, and Mike Michaud joined in a bipartisan effort to improve compensation for severely injured veterans by increasing aid and attendance rates and expanding the number of veterans who would qualify for the benefit.

House Passes Buyer Bill to Improve Home Adaptation Grants for Disabled Veterans

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a measure introduced by House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Steve Buyer, which would increase grants for disabled veterans to make accessibility modifications to their homes.

House Approves Bipartisan Veterans’ Bills; Buyer Provisions to Improve VA Health Care and Insurance Programs Included

Monday, July 27, 2009

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House approved three veterans’ measures, including an omnibus bill that combines provisions from nine bills previously approved by two subcommittees to improve Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care and life insurance programs.  

Oversight Subcommittee Investigates Latest Patient Care Problem at VA

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Washington, D.C. –Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing regarding several incidents at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center in Philadelphia , in which patient safety was compromised during prostate cancer treatments.

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The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs reviews veterans’ programs, examines current laws, and reports bills and amendments to strengthen existing laws concerning veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), such as for health care, disability compensation, GI bill education and job training, home loan guarantees, life insurance policies, and a nationwide system of veterans’ cemeteries.

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