Standing Up for Veterans


There is nothing more courageous or honorable than serving our nation in uniform and fighting to defend our freedom and way of life as a member of the military. Wyoming has one of the highest percentages of veterans living in the state and we are proud of our strong connection with military service.

Since coming into office, Liz has worked with her colleagues to restore confidence in the VA, give veterans more flexibility and control over their health care, and brought veteran unemployment to a near-record low prior the pandemic.  She was honored to help repeal the decades old “Widow’s Tax”, which unjustly cut the benefits of thousands of surviving spouses.

Liz worked closely with one of Wyoming’s wounded veterans in Wyoming to introduce the Strengthening Support for Veterans with Service Animals Act to make it easier for veterans with service-connected disabilities to fly with their service dog. Unfortunately, some veterans, particularly those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress, have found it difficult to acquire the paperwork necessary to travel with their service dog. She was able to get Secretary Chao and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to codify her legislation into a rule that would streamline and improve the process for veterans to bring their service dogs on commercial flights.  This was one of the last official actions of the DOT under the previous Administration.

 

What Liz Has Done:

Introduced a resolution establishing a National Warrior Call Day, urging veterans and general Americans to call Veterans and active duty military who may be in trouble to ensure they know all the resources available to them, on a specified day.

Introduced the Strengthening Support For Veterans with Service Animals Act, which directed the Department of Transportation to require air carriers to allow service animals to accompany veterans with a service-connected disability during travel. Liz worked with Secretary Chao and the Department of Transportation who enacted this legislation through Executive Action.

Voted (115th Congress) for the VA Mission Act, which streamlines VA health care programs to increase access in-person care and telehealth services, removes burdensome regulations, and expands the VA Caregiver Program.

Cosponsored the PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act, which requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to implement a pilot program to assess the effectiveness of addressing post-deployment mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder through a method where veterans train service dogs for veterans with disabilities.

Cosponsored the Burn Pits Accountability Act, which directs DoD to include in periodic health assessments an evaluation of whether the servicemember has been exposed to open burn pits or toxic airborne chemicals. If the member reports being exposed, they will be enrolled in the VA’s Burn Pit Registry unless they opt out. The Burn Pit Registry is a tool to help participants identify health conditions possibly related to exposure to burn pits and other airborne hazards (e.g., sand, dust and particulates).  Participation is voluntary.

Cosponsored HR. 1327, the Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act – Permanently reauthorizes the Victim Compensation fund for 9/11 first responders.

Voted for a repeal of the Widows Tax in the FY20 NDAA, which was a reduction of Department of Defense annuity payments to surviving spouses as part of a Veteran’s Affairs benefit called the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation program.

Cosponsored the Veterans in Parks Act – Allowing free access to National Parks for active military, veterans, and gold star families.