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Reps. Taylor, Panetta Introduce Vets ETA

Legislation Provides Transportation for Veterans

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Washington, November 13, 2019 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 570-0927) | comments
Representatives Van Taylor (R-TX-03) and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) today introduced legislation to provide transportation to veterans seeking medical care from Department of Veteran Affairs facilities.
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WASHINGTON - United States Representatives Van Taylor (R-TX-03) and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) today introduced legislation to provide transportation to veterans seeking medical care from Department of Veteran Affairs facilities.

The Veterans Earned Transportation Act (Vets ETA) permanently reauthorizes a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program providing transportation services to or from VA facilities or other locations in connection with vocational rehabilitation, counseling, and medical examination, treatment, or care.

For over thirty years, the Department of Veterans Affairs has provided safe and reliable transportation for veterans and family members who are mobility challenged. However, the program is set to expire in September 2020. Both members of the For Country caucus, a bipartisan group of nineteen veterans who served in the War on Terror, Congressmen Taylor and Panetta joined together to introduce the Veterans Earned Transportation Act which, if passed, would make this program permanent.

Congressman Van Taylor said, "While skilled practitioners and advanced treatments are paramount to the health and well-being of our nation’s veterans, we must also remember reliable transportation plays a critical role in the care our veterans receive. I’m proud to join Congressman Penetta today to introduce the Veterans Earned Transportation Act (Vets ETA) to help ensure our nation’s veterans have reliable transportation to the healthcare services they depend on."

"Vets ETA is a program that provides necessary transportation for veterans to obtain necessary mental and physical care. This bill would make that type of transportation services permanent in order to ensure that veterans get the care that they need and deserve," said Rep. Panetta.

Legislative text of the Veterans Earned Transportation Act can be found here.

A 7th generation Texan, Congressman Van Taylor is a dedicated family man, successful businessman, and decorated Marine Officer. Taylor served Collin County both in the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate. Today, Taylor is proud to serve on the House Committee on Education and Labor as well as the House Committee on Homeland Security.

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