Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) this week welcomed representatives of the American Legion to his office in Washington, D.C. to discuss issues concerning veterans affairs. Hunterdon County residents Bob Looby of Pittstown and John Baker of Lambertville represented the national organization in the meeting with Lance.
“We again must continually thank Congressman Lance for his many proactive and value added efforts regarding veterans affairs. He continually watches out for the veterans of his district, New Jersey and the Nation. He fights in Washington for better veterans care, demanding accountability from the V.A. and increasing benefits like the Choice program, job training for veterans and trying to find and forcing a resolution to end the tragedy of 22 veteran suicides a day,” Looby said after the meeting.
Lance outlined many recent congressional actions important to the veteran community:
- Passage of H.R. 677, the American Heroes COLA Act, which boosts annual cost-of-living-adjustments, compensation and allowances.
- Implementation of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act.
- Enabling more veterans to be able to seek private care outside the Veterans Administration.
- Increased funding to tackle the VA claims process and Congress mandated prioritizing ending the disability claims backlog and improving the transfer of health care records.
- Creating the first Thrift Savings Plan program that rewards all service members for timed served regardless of length of service.