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Veterans

"Vermonters have a long and proud tradition of military service, and our state has a history of contributing far in excess of its size to the defense of our nation. When a war is over and our brave veterans return home, it is our most solemn obligation to keep our promise and ensure they have the services and resources they require to succeed. I have long believed that the cost of the war must include the cost of caring for the warrior. That is why I have promoted policies that support veterans by modernizing and streamlining health care systems within the Veterans Administration, improving and expanding educational and workforce training programs for veterans, and supporting veteran-owned businesses."

 

Spotlight on Veterans

Rep. Welch has supported a number of bills in Congress to provide expanded benefits and services to our veterans and their family members. He was a proud cosponsor of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act, which President Obama signed into law in February 2015. He has also cosponsored legislation to help put our veterans back to work, expand health care access for female veterans, provide child care assistance to eligible veterans, and expand eligibility for the Department of Veterans Affairs family caregiver program.  

After learning of the success of the Vermont National Guard Outreach Program, Congressman Welch wrote to the President Obama and House appropriators requesting that they include funding for the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Programs of Outreach. The Vermont program goes beyond the federally funded Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program to train veterans as outreach officers to visit with returning Vermont Guard members and their families. The trained outreach staff members connect veterans, Guard members, and families with counseling for financial, marital, physical and mental health issues. The program also staffs a toll-free phone number (888-607-8773) that is answered by a live person 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.  Congressman Welch ensured there was language supportive of the program included in the fiscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act for the outreach program.

More on Veterans

March 11, 2016 In The News

Jon Skates, former Rutland alderman, is retired from the U.S. Navy, where he served in the submarine service. Now, he’s in a managerial role at Casella Waste Management.

Skates said he was worried his military training wouldn’t transfer into the civilian workforce and he would have difficulty landing a job. 

Now, a proposed bill in Congress would give tax incentives to hire veterans like Skates.

March 10, 2016 Press Release
At the headquarters of a Rutland business committed to hiring veterans, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) today unveiled his bipartisan legislation that would provide a one-time $5,000 tax incentive to businesses who hire veterans serving since September 11, 2001. Welch made the announcement at Casella Waste Management, a veteran-friendly Vermont employer. Six percent of Casella's work force are veterans.
June 5, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Peter Welch made the following statement after Senators Sanders and McCain announced a bipartisan agreement for reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs...
January 13, 2014 Press Release

Today, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Rep. David Price (D-NC) announced bipartisan legislation that would require disclosure of intelligence spending levels at each of the 16 federal agencies responsible for intelligence activities.
November 4, 2013 In The News

Valley News

U.S. Rep. Peter Welch said on Sunday that he was “outraged” by last week’s revelation that the National Security Agency had secretly collected information from data centers operated by Google and Yahoo.

“This is a rogue organization,” Welch, D-Vt., said of the NSA while standing in the lobby of the White River Junction VA. “It’s long overdue for review.”

November 4, 2013 In The News

Valley News

U.S. Rep. Peter Welch said on Sunday that he was “outraged” by last week’s revelation that the National Security Agency had secretly collected information from data centers operated by Google and Yahoo.

“This is a rogue organization,” Welch, D-Vt., said of the NSA while standing in the lobby of the White River Junction VA. “It’s long overdue for review.”

October 7, 2013 In The News

Burlington Free Press


As week number two of the federal government shutdown begins, the websites for Vermont's congressional delegation all reflect this new reality.

July 22, 2013 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch announced bipartisan legislation that requires the DOD and VA to better coordinate the transfer of soldiers' medical records as they transition from active-duty to veterans status.
July 22, 2013 In The News

 

Congressman Peter Welch says the federal government is failing to meet some critical health care needs of veterans across the country.

For several years, the Veterans Administration has been a leader in the use of computerized medical records. But they’re running into a problem.