Today, nearly 22 million Americans hold the distinguished title of Veteran, and more than 127,000 of those individuals live in our great State of Maine. As the daughter of a World War II Purple Heart recipient, Senator Collins learned first-hand of the sacrifice that these heroes and their families make to advance the cause of freedom. Fighting on behalf of our nation’s Veterans, Senator Collins has worked to support the needs of Veterans nationwide by protecting access to rural health care, holding the Department of Veterans Affairs accountable in the wake of scandal, and expediting the process for disabled veterans to get the services they need.

Legislative Fix Cosponsored by Senator Collins to Protect GI Bill Benefits to be Signed into Law

Washington, D.C. — As universities in Maine and across our country suspend in-person classes and shift to online operations due to the coronavirus pandemic, a legislative fix cosponsored by U.S. Senator Susan Collins now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law after passing both the Senate and the House unanimously.  This legislation will allow veterans on the GI Bill to continue receiving full benefits. 

 

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Senate Passes Legislative Fix Cosponsored by Senator Collins to Protect GI Bill Benefits

Washington, D.C. — As universities in Maine and across our country suspend in-person classes and shift to online operations due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Senate passed a legislative fix cosponsored by U.S. Senator Susan Collins that would allow veterans on the GI Bill to continue receiving full benefits.  The legislation now awaits consideration by the House of Representatives.

 

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Funding Secured by Senator Collins for Veterans, Military Caregivers Signed into Law

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that the fiscal year (FY) 2020 MilCon-VA funding bill has been signed into law.  This legislation includes provisions she championed to improve rural veterans’ access to health care, support veteran caregivers, and decrease veteran homelessness.

 

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Senate Unanimously Passes Collins, King Resolution Marking December 14, 2019, as “Wreaths Across America Day”

Washington, D.C. - The Senate unanimously passed a resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King designating Saturday, December 14, 2019, as “Wreaths Across America Day.”  On December 14, a convoy of volunteers is scheduled to arrive at Arlington National Cemetery to lay Maine-made balsam wreaths at the headstones of American veterans interred there.

 

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Collins, Jones Announce Military Widow’s Tax Repeal Included in Final Defense Bill

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Doug Jones (D-AL) announced the inclusion of their bipartisan Military Widow’s Tax Elimination Act in the final annual defense bill, known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This marks a significant step in the 18-year effort to pass legislation to repeal the law that penalizes our nation’s military widows and widowers. The NDAA will now go to the House and Senate for final consideration, where it will receive an up-or-down vote with no further amendments allowed.

 

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Senator Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Introducing Legislation to Improve Transportation Services for Rural Veterans

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined Senators Jon Tester (D-MT), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Patty Murray (D-WA), John Hoeven (R-ND), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) in introducing the Rural Veterans Travel Enhancement Act of 2019.  This bipartisan bill would expand successful initiatives that provide veterans living in rural areas transportation services and reimbursement for their travel to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities and Vet Centers.

 

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Senator Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Introducing Legislation to Improve Transportation Services for Rural Veterans

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined Senators Jon Tester (D-MT), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Patty Murray (D-WA), John Hoeven (R-ND), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) in introducing the Rural Veterans Travel Enhancement Act of 2019.  This bipartisan bill would expand successful initiatives that provide veterans living in rural areas transportation services and reimbursement for their travel to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities and Vet Centers.

 

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Senators Collins, Casey Lead Bipartisan Letter Calling on the VA to Step up Its Efforts to Protect Veterans from Scams

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Washington, D.C.—In a continuation of their leadership to protect Americans from fraud, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Aging Committee, sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie to raise their concerns with the increased number of scams targeting veterans. 

 

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Maine Delegation Urges VA to Fix Payment Problems Hurting Maine Healthcare Providers, Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert Wilkie to raise the issue of late payments from the VA to Maine community hospitals and health care providers. As the lawmakers note in their letter, the Maine Hospital Association states the VA currently owes millions of dollars to fifteen Maine hospitals, and nearly a third of those delinquent claims are more than six months past due.

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Senator Collins Recognizes Biddeford and Lewiston Mayors for Signing onto Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

Biddeford, ME — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Housing Appropriations Subcommittee, joined U.S. Housing and Urban Development New England Regional Administrator David Tille in recognizing Biddeford Mayor Alan Casavant and Lewiston Mayor Kristen Cloutier for signing onto the Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.

 

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Senator Collins Joins Bipartisan Push to Expand Breast Cancer Screenings for U.S. Servicemembers, Veterans

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined a bipartisan group of Senators in sending a letter urging the Department of Defense (DoD) to expand and improve breast cancer screening coverage options for female servicemembers and retirees.  The letter was also signed by Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV),  Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala D.

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