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  • Roe Announces Veterans Cards Will be Available in November
    Posted in Press Releases on October 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    JOHNSON CITY, TENN. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) announced veterans identification cards will be available to order next month free of charge. Roe released the following statement: “Since I arrived in Congress I’ve heard from many veterans in the First District who would like official identification documenting their service, which is why I strongly supported the Veterans Identification Act when it overwhelmingly passed through Congress. By allowing veterans to obtain official identificat... Read more

  • House Unanimously Approves Roe’s Legislation to Create Medical Scribe Program Pilot
    Posted in Press Releases on July 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Veterans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House unanimously approved H.R. 1848, the Veterans Affairs Medical Scribe Pilot Act of 2017, Monday evening: “As Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (VA), and as a physician, I am committed to ensuring veterans have access to the health care they have earned and deserve. Since the VA waitlist scandal broke three years ago, I’ve examined several ways to improve patient care for veterans, a... Read more

  • Cotton, King, Roe, and Correa Introduce Veterans Heritage Firearms Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Second Amendment, Veterans

    Washington, D.C. – Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Senator Angus King (I-Maine), Congressman Phil Roe (R-Tennessee), and Congressman Lou Correa (D-California) today introduced the Veterans Heritage Firearms Act, legislation that would create a 180-day amnesty period for veterans or their family members to register firearms acquired overseas before October 31, 1968 without facing any prosecution. "Our World War II and Korean War Veterans risked their lives in foreign lands in defense of our free... Read more

  • Accountability Within VA
    Posted in Weekly Columns on June 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Most Americans in the workplace understand if they do not live up to the standards set by their employer, there may be consequences. While holding private-sector employees accountable is common, many government employees – particularly those working at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – have abused the system. These bad employees are failing in their duty to serve our nation’s veterans, many without disciplinary action, and something needs to be done. Since becoming Chairman of the House ... Read more

  • Memorial Day: Sacrifice Through Service
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    Next Monday, May 29, is the day this year we set aside to observe Memorial Day; a solemn reminder of the sacrifice and loss our nation’s armed forces have endured since the founding of this great nation. For around 150 years, Americans have gathered to recognize and honor the sacrifices of the service men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. Families, communities and churches across the country will come together to hold ceremonies to honor those who gave t... Read more

  • Addressing Veterans Crisis Line Shortcomings
    Posted in Weekly Columns on April 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    When a man or woman in our armed forces takes their oath to support and defend the Constitution of our country, our country in turn makes a promise to them, first made by President Lincoln, to take care of them when they return from duty as they transition back into civilian life. The men and women who keep this country safe deserve the best care we have to offer. It is an honor to serve as Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, which is why I am committed to ensuring our veterans... Read more

  • Roe Statement on S.J.Res 1 Legislation Approving the Location for the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial Act Becoming Law
    Posted in Press Releases on March 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, President Trump signed S.J.Res. 1 into law, a resolution approving a location in Area I on the National Mall for the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial. Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), who authored the House version of this joint resolution issued the following statement regarding the bill: “I appreciate President Trump signing this important piece of bipartisan legislation into law. This law will enable the service members who fought in Operations Desert Stor... Read more

  • Improving the VA
    Posted in Weekly Columns on March 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    The men and women who served our country, who risked their lives in the line of duty to protect our freedom and defend our liberties, should be honored, revered and treated with respect. As Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and a veteran myself, I feel a duty to help ensure veterans receive the benefits and services they have earned, and that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is responsive to veterans’ needs and put veterans first. Just last week, the House of Representa... Read more

  • Roe Statement on Report of Veterans Crisis Line Continued Failures
    Posted in Press Releases on March 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement in response to the newly released Office of Inspector General (OIG) report revealing continued failures of the Veterans Crisis Line: "It's unacceptable that the issues with the Veterans Crisis Line have still not been addressed, and I hope Secretary Shulkin will take immediate steps to correct these serious shortcomings. The Veterans Crisis Line is intended to be the ... Read more

  • Roe Statement on House Passage of Legislation Protecting Veterans’ Second Amendment Rights
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act: “I strongly believe we must do everything in our power to protect the rights guaranteed to all Americans, especially the men and women who have served, by the Constitution. The Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act does just that. I’m proud to stand with my colleagues in passing this importa... Read more