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Wednesday, October 12, 2011Hill Update: House Passes Five Vets' Bills; One to go

*Update 8:00 a.m.: The House passed the VOW Act last night by a vote of 418-6.



Five of the six veterans' bills passed the House of Representatives yesterday afternoon by voice vote. The sixth bill, the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act (H.R. 2433) is scheduled for a roll call vote tonight.

The VFW can play a key role in passing this critical veterans' jobs bill, so call your representatives now and tell them to vote YES on the VOW Act.

The VOW Act offers stop-gap training opportunities for unemployed veterans, mandates transition assistance programs, and includes metrics to track employment and education program success for veterans. The VFW vocally supported each of the bills' provisions in testimony before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs in July.

The five bills that passed yesterday are:

H.R. 2074 - Veterans Sexual Assault Prevention Act, as amended.

H.R. 2302 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to notify Congress of conferences sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

H.R. 2349 - Veterans' Benefits Training Improvement Act of 2011.

H.R. 1263- To amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide surviving spouses with certain protections relating to mortgages and mortgage foreclosures.

H.R. 1025 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to recognize the service in the reserve components of certain persons by honoring them with status as veterans under law.

For details on each of these bills, check out yesterday's blog posting here.

The VFW now encourages the Senate to quickly take up each of these bills, including the VOW Act, should it pass in the House tonight.

Tomorrow we will bring you details on this week's work on Capitol Hill, moving forward on critical veterans' legislation. Check back for updates.