Feb 06 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and Gary Peters (D-MI), members of the Senate Commerce Committee, today introduced the VA Helpline Act, which would create a three-digit general helpline for veterans to dial to obtain information about their benefits and services at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
“Our veterans should be able to easily access the benefits they have earned fighting for our freedoms. I’m proud to help introduce the bipartisan VA Helpline Act, which will help ensure the brave men and women who served our country can connect to the resources available to them through the VA,” said Senator Fischer.
“Our veterans have provided so much to our communities and devoted their lives to our country, and when in need, they deserve a simple way to navigate the VA assistance available to them. The Veterans Assistance Hotline Act would create a short, simple phone number that would allow veterans to easily seek help and access all the critical services the VA provides. I will continue working with my colleagues on bipartisan, commonsense legislation to benefit the brave men and women who have defended our nation,” said Senator Rosen.
“Our veterans have put their lives on the line to make sure we are able to enjoy the many freedoms we have today. We owe it to these brave men and women to make sure they are aware of and can easily access the resources provided by the VA that they may need. This legislation will help accomplish that by creating a hotline for veterans to access important services and connect them to the proper entity within the VA, without having to call multiple phone numbers,” said Senator Capito.
More information on the VA Helpline Act:
The VA has multiple phone numbers for veterans to call regarding benefits. These numbers are listed on the VA website, but require an individual to take multiple actions, which can be particularly difficult for older veterans and veterans with disabilities. The VA Helpline Act would designate an abbreviated telephone dialing code as the universal helpline that veterans could call to obtain information or be directed to the appropriate services administered by the VA.