Supporting Our Veterans

Jul 1, 2014
    Congressman Langevin at an Armed Forces Day Echo Taps ceremony

Dear Friends,

Active duty service members, veterans and their families make a tremendous sacrifice for our nation. It is a sacrifice on which our freedom depends. And the best way to show that gratitude? Support them when they return home. It’s not only about parades or holidays in their honor. Those gestures are meaningful, but more than anything, we need to take real action to ensure the needs of our veterans are being met.

I was proud to introduce last month the Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act in the wake of a RAND Corporation report that outlined the challenges faced by America’s military and veteran caregivers. These caregivers provide roughly $13.6 billion in annual uncompensated care, and yet are often unprepared for these responsibilities. They are looking out for the best interests of their loved one – a brave veteran of this nation – but are unsure of where to turn for help.

That’s where we come in.

The Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act makes all veterans eligible for caregiver support services that allow them to live independently and with dignity in our communities. The bill would expand services available to caregivers, reauthorize the Lifespan Respite Care Act and create a national interagency working group to coordinate caregiver policy and services.

This is one piece of the puzzle. We must also provide housing assistance, job training, education and many other services that ease the transition for veterans returning to U.S. soil. Supporting our veterans must be a national priority, and it continues to be a key focus for me. To learn more about my work on veterans’ affairs or other issues, visit my website, and follow me on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

            Sincerely,

           Rep. Langevin's Signature

Congressman Langevin with a service academy nominee
Future of the Military
On another service-related note, I want to remind you that if you know a resident of the Second Congressional District between the ages of 17 and 23, who has an interest in the military, please encourage them to apply for a nomination from my office to one of the U.S. Service Academies. Applications for matriculation in July of 2015 will be due in October, and interested parties can download an application from my website.
 
Congressman Langevin with Chief Judge Bedrosian
Finding Forever Homes
Last month, I introduced the Permanent Families for All Children Act, legislation that would redirect federal resources towards helping foster youth find their “forever family.” Too many children live in limbo in foster care, and this bill would prioritize and incentivize finding a permanent home for the estimated 400,000 American children living in foster care. In addition, any savings realized would be reinvested in child-focused recruitment training for caseworkers as well as child abuse and neglect prevention efforts.
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