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.

Senators Collins, Hassan, Sinema Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Ensure Americans Receive Stimulus Payments

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the Automatic Cash Assistance Act. This bipartisan bill would ensure that Social Security, Veterans Affairs (VA), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries receive the COVID-19 relief stimulus payments that they are entitled to. The bill is supported by DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and Paralyzed Veterans of America.

 

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Senate Unanimously Passes Legislation Authored by Collins, Shaheen to Increase Access to National Parks for Disabled Veterans

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) that would make all veterans with service-connected disabilities eligible for free, lifetime entry to United States national parks.  The Wounded Veterans Recreation Act, which the Senators introduced last year, now awaits consideration by the U.S.

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Collins, Duckworth, Tester Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Veterans’ Health Care Costs & Protect Access to Health Care During COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced bipartisan legislation to reduce health care costs and ensure parity for veterans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The No Coronavirus Copays for Veterans Act would ensure that veterans who receive health care from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are not liable for out-of-pocket costs for qualifying COVID-19 preventive services, including an eventual COVID-19 vaccine. 

 

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Maine Delegation Works to Improve VA Telehealth Services During COVID-19

WASHINGTON — As more veterans in rural Maine seek routine VA care online or by phone due to COVID-19, Maine’s congressional delegation wrote to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today in an effort to improve telehealth services. In their letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) requested the VA provide them with information Congress

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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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