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  • 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

  • Transforming the VA
    Posted in Weekly Columns on June 5, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    June 6th marks the one-year anniversary of President Trump signing the VA MISSION into law. This is also the official launch date of the VA MISSION Act’s community care program, a huge win for veterans that embodies President Trump’s commitment to serving them. The new community care program consolidates several previous Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs – including the Veterans Choice Program – into one new program used to refer veterans out into the community to receive their care u... Read more

  • Roe Honors Fallen Heroes on House Floor
    Posted in Press Releases on May 22, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, honored fallen servicemembers on the House Floor ahead of Memorial Day. Below are his remarks as delivered on the House Floor: “Next Monday is Memorial Day. And for me, personally, I want to thank all the members of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, the Chairman and others. You’ve seen today the work we’ve done in a bipartisan way to help our nation’s heroes. And as I’ve said, fo... Read more

  • We Are Free Because Of The Brave
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 22, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Memorial Day is our country’s most somber holiday, reminding us of the men and women who have died protecting the freedoms we hold dear. As a veteran myself, I believe every veteran who lived through combat and is still alive today feels a little bit of guilt when we think back on our fallen friends and fellow servicemembers. We do not get to choose what war or battle we fight - you are sent where you are needed. Some have served in dangerous places and incredibly difficult circumstances. Three ... Read more

  • House Passes Legislation to Extend Benefits to Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on May 14, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House passed the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, H.R. 299. The bill unanimously passed the House, 410 - 0. "I applaud the House's passage of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act," said Roe. "This bill will ensure that our Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans receive the long overdue benefits that they earned. Last Congress, while I was Chairman of the Committee, the House un... Read more

  • Roe in the Washington Examiner: Our Nation's Heroes Didn't Always Get the Honor They Deserve
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 1, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    Sitting at the airport, waiting on my flight to be called; I hear over the intercom, “Now, we invite any active duty military personnel to board.” As a veteran listening to this announcement, nothing makes me prouder than to see our country honor our military men and women for their selfless service. However, it wasn’t too long ago when our servicemembers were treated poorly. We were even told not to wear our uniform on an airplane because of such treatment. We don’t get to choose what war we fi... Read more