Military Servicemembers and Veterans
Our brave servicemembers and veterans deserve the very best from Congress, our government, and the American people. These individuals and their families put their lives on the line for our country, make constant personal and professional sacrifices to fulfill military requirements, and endure working conditions that are often dangerous. As the Chair of the Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee, Congresswoman Speier has championed servicemembers, veterans, and their families. Congresswoman Speier has advanced numerous initiatives to ensure the military finds and keeps the most qualified individuals, provides their families with needed assistance finding employment and child care, and adequately compensates those harmed in the line of duty.
During the 116th Congress, Congresswoman Speier has pursued a holistic approach to supporting our servicemembers and veterans. Under her leadership, the Military Personnel Subcommittee emphasizes that “Together, We Serve,” recognizing the sacrifices entire families make in their service to our country.
Congresswoman Speier has held numerous hearings on timely military personnel topics, such as examining how to revitalize the military’s personnel policy by asking servicemembers and their families what they need and replacing one-size-fits-all solutions with innovative approaches that optimize scarce resources. She understands that a force capable of fighting and winning 21st century conflicts cannot run on outdated policies. The House-passed Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) included 61 provisions offered or substantially contributed to by Congresswoman Speier to modernize our military, including landmark legislation allowing transgender individuals to serve openly, amending the Feres Doctrine to allow servicemembers to sue for medical malpractice, integrating Marine basic training, preventing and responding to sexual assault, expanding contraception access, and providing career and child care support to spouses.
Congresswoman Speier believes that our dedication to our servicemembers must extend beyond their service on active duty. She has supported efforts to ensure continued high-quality care by the Department of Veterans Affairs, help veterans access care when the VA cannot provide it, and protect the labor rights of VA workers. Congresswoman Speier has participated in numerous efforts to make sure the VA system provides appropriate care for veterans with non-typical injuries and conditions, such as survivors of sexual assault. From ardent oversight of proper medical care at VA hospitals and clinics to protecting the benefits earned during a veteran’s military career, the Congresswoman remains committed to our veterans.
If you are a servicemember or veteran whistleblower of misconduct or you believe your organization has retaliated against you, please contact our office. No organization is above oversight. If you are able to come forward, our office can help to ensure your rights as a whistleblower are protected.
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