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  • Ranking Member Roe Applauds Presidential Task Force Report on Preventing Veteran Suicide
    Posted in Press Releases on June 17, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after the release of the President's Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) Task Force report: "I applaud Dr. Van Dahlen and the entire President’s PREVENTS Task Force on the release of their roadmap to preventing veteran suicide today," said Ranking Member Roe. "I was honored to have Dr. Van Dahlen and her... Read more

  • Memorial Day: Honoring Our Heroes
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 20, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    On Monday, our nation will pause in observance of Memorial Day to honor the servicemembers we have lost in the line of duty. This day is a stark reminder of the cost of our freedoms, and a time to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country as well as the families they leave behind. Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, this Memorial Day will look different than in previous years. Although we may not be able to gather together like we typically would with our neighbors, ... Read more

  • Ranking Member Roe Calls on IRS to Process Payments to Vulnerable Veterans without Delay
    Posted in Press Releases on April 24, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Today, Rep. Phil Roe M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement encouraging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of the Treasury to continue working together to expedite processing of stimulus payments for veterans without any further delay. Last week, VA and the Treasury announced that veterans who receive compensation and pension benefits from VA but who are not required to file an annual federal t... Read more

  • Ranking Member Roe, Chairman Takano Applaud Swift Passage of Student Veteran Coronavirus Act of 2020
    Posted in Press Releases on March 31, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member, Dr. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and Chairman Mark Takano’s (D-Calif.) bipartisan Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 (H.R. 6322). This key legislation — introduced last week with more than 51 cosponsors and wide VSO support — expands on language passed in S. 3503 and signed into law to further minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student veterans as school... Read more

  • Ranking Member Roe, Chairman Takano Introduce Legislation to Minimize COVID-19 Impact on Student Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on March 23, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) and Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) introduced the bipartisan Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 - key legislation to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student veterans as schools and universities have taken proactive measures to mitigate the spread of the virus. “Over the last two weeks, we have worked hard to assure student veterans that the support they count on fr... Read more

  • Roe Pushes for Legislation to Prevent Veteran Suicide
    Posted in Press Releases on November 20, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after the Committee held a legislative hearing on H.R. 3495, the IMPROVE Act, which is bipartisan legislation cosponsored by 228 Members of Congress to prevent suicide among our nation’s veterans: "2,960 – that’s how many veteran and servicemember lives have been lost to suicide since the introduction of this bipartisan bill 148 days ago. Preventing ... Read more

  • Doubling Down on Skyrocketing Costs of College
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 31, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Growing up, my father worked in a factory and my mother worked as a bank teller. I lived at home while attending Austin Peay State University before enrolling in medical school at the University of Tennessee. After graduating – and serving our country in the U.S. Army – I was able to use my G.I. Bill benefits to pay for a portion of my medical school education. Because of this benefit, I never had to take out student loans, giving me the ability to graduate college without debt. As I reflect bac... Read more

  • Ranking Member Roe Encourages Veterans to Join the Veterans History Project
    Posted in Press Releases on October 22, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON D.C.- Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after speaking on the House floor last night to encourage all veterans to participate in the Library of Congress‘ Veterans History Project: "I am proud to co-lead an initiative this fall with Chairman Takano to get more veterans to participate in the Veterans History Project. The spirit of America is rooted in the men and women who have selflessly serv... Read more

  • Roe Applauds Language Encouraging Suicide Prevention
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement regarding the inclusion of an amendment he worked to have included in the base text of H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. The House Armed Services Committee is marking the legislation up today. Roe stated: “I want thank Chairman Adam Smith and Ranking Member Mac Thornberry for including language in the NDAA that encourages additional suicide prevention efforts aimed a... Read more

  • Roe Statement on VA MISSION Act
    Posted in Media Advisory on June 6, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the John S. McCain III, Daniel K. Akaka, and Samuel R. Johnson VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (VA MISSION Act) being signed into law and the launch of the community care program: "One year ago today, President Trump delivered on his promise to better serve our natio... Read more