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Kaitlynne Hetrick | February 16, 2021

#AdvocacyUpdate: House VA Committee News; IAVA Meets with New VA Secretary

This week IAVA’s DC team met with several offices from the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC) to discuss our priorities for 2021. 

HVAC also met to announce new members and Subcommittee leadership, as well to consider and pass the Committee’s portion of the next COVID-19 relief package, the American Rescue Plan. Following IAVA’s advocacy, the legislation will establish a new one-year rapid retraining program for veterans who have  lost their jobs due to the pandemic. The new benefit also includes a generous housing benefit. Read more about this legislation HERE.

The VA officially has a new secretary as Denis McDonough was sworn in on Monday. McDonough is a former White House chief-of-staff and the second non-veteran to hold the position. Following his swearing-in, IAVA’s Travis Horr attended a Zoom meeting McDonough held with leaders from Student Veterans of America, Team RWB, Team Rubicon, and The Mission Continues, discuss new initiatives, increasing communications with VA and veterans, and changes that can be made following the transfer of power to the Biden administration. 

IAVA’s Quick Reaction Force 

We know that this time can be stressful and IAVA’s Quick Reaction Force (QRF) is here to help! This program provides 24/7 peer support, comprehensive care management, resource connections, and can help with accessing your VA benefits. To get connected to a Veteran Care Manager for immediate help anytime, day or night, please call 855-91RAPID (855-917-2743) or fill out our online form. Our services are remote, free, and confidential and QRF is here for all veterans, regardless of era, discharge status, or location. If you are a veteran or a veteran family member facing challenges or have questions, QRF is here to help you get back on your feet and meet your goals.

If you are currently experiencing a crisis please contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 1.800.273.8255, and press 1. Alternatively, use the Crisis Text Line by texting “RISING” to 74174

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