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Congressman Cole Votes to Improve Veterans Assistance Programs

November 17, 2004
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole voted for three bills today that will help improve important programs for America's veterans. All three pieces of legislation passed in the House.

"These three pieces of legislation strengthen Veterans Administration programs to provide educational opportunities, better healthcare and other assistance to our veterans," Congressman Tom Cole said. "Our veterans have served honorably and we should honor their service by providing them with the help they need to live comfortably."      

The Veterans Benefits Improvements Act of 2004 (S. 2486) will strengthen VA education, training and employment programs. The legislation will enhance VA disability and compensation programs, expand the Veterans Administration’s home loan programs and strengthen veterans' and service members' legal protections.

The Veterans Health Programs Improvement Act of 2004 (H.R. 3936) will help improve programs for VA’s homeless, long term care, and nursing programs. It will also authorize new and expanded VA outpatient clinics and establish new research and education centers for veterans with multi-trauma combat injuries.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel Enhancement Act of 2004 (S. 2484) will reform VA’s physician pay and nurse employment systems to provide additional flexibility to recruit and retain highly qualified medical personnel.