Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Supports Passage of Bills to Benefit Veterans

July 31, 2007
Press Release

Washington -- On July 30, 2007, the U.S. House of Representatives passed four pieces of legislation to improve benefits and services for America’s veterans. Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) was pleased to support each of the bills, including H.R.2874, a bill increasing care for homeless and low-income veterans. H.R.2874, the Veterans' Health Care Improvement Act of 2007, will improve mental health care and provide counseling for veterans returning from Afghanistan, Iraq, and all other U.S. conflicts post-1991. The bill also authorizes $25 Million in financial assistance for low-income veterans living in permanent housing to reduce instances of homelessness.

Congressman Cohen stated, "I’m proud to be part of the Democratic efforts to improve benefits and care for our veterans."

H.R.1315, a second bill supported by Congressman Cohen, provides a housing assistance for disabled service members currently living with family members on a temporary basis. H.R.2623, a third bill supported by Congressman Cohen, waives a co-payment requirement for veterans receiving hospice care.

Cohen continued, "It is vital we do all we can to protect and support our troops, both on the ground and upon their return. These bills will ensure our returning veterans receive the care they need and the care they deserve."

Additionally, the House passed H.R.23, a bill Congressman Cohen co-sponsored in March of 2007 that provides a new pension benefit for the Merchant Marines who fought in WWII.

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Contact:

Marilyn Dillihay, Press Secretary, Congressman Steve Cohen, (202) 225-3265