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Flores' Bill to Improve Economic Opportunities for Veterans Passes House

WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2481, the Veterans Economic Opportunity Act, which was introduced by Congressman Bill Flores (R-Texas). H.R. 2481 provides for improvements of several veterans programs which promote economic opportunities for veterans.

“Today, the House voted to enhance programs that assist in keeping our promises to our nation’s veterans.  It is imperative that we continue to ensure our veterans receive the benefits which they earned through service and sacrifice,” Congressman Flores said. “By improving these programs, we make certain that our servicemembers have the resources and tools to be successful when they return home from service.”

As Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, Flores originally introduced H.R. 2481 to clarify the process to assist veterans in choosing the best GI bill benefit. The bill was amended with additional provisions while it was being considered by the committee. It now includes provisions to establishthe Veterans Economic Opportunity Administration, which will improve oversight over VA’s Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Home Loan programs, and the Center for Veterans Enterprise. Provisions were also added to extend homeless veterans reintegration programs, simplify the processing of GI bill claims, modify the Fry Scholarship program, provide further protections to the child custody rights of deployed servicemembers, and expand mortgage-related protections for servicemembers under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

“Through the collective work of the Economic Opportunity subcommittee and the full Veteran’s Affairs committee we were able to bring this important legislation forward and have it pass the House. This legislation will help reform, simplify and enhance these important VA programs that help veterans reach economic success. It provides for more transparency, efficiency and improved care. We must continue working to reform and improve the programs and benefits for our servicemembers and their families, who have given so much for our country,” Flores said.

Congressman Bill Flores represents the 17th District of Texas and is an entrepreneur, former energy executive, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and member of the House Budget, Natural Resources and Veterans’ Affairs Committees.