January 21, 2022

Rep. Correa Supports Veterans by Increasing Access to Health Care and Education Benefits

Votes to Pass the EVEST Act and the Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act

Washington, D.C. —  Congressman Lou Correa (CA-46) voted in favor of passage of H.R. 4673, Ensuring Veterans’ Smooth Transition (EVEST) Act, legislation that will automatically enroll eligible veterans to the VA health care system when they transition into civilian life, and H.R 1836, the Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act, legislation that  that allowsservicemembers in the National Guard and Reserve to accrue the same GI Bill Benefits as their active duty counterparts.  Rep. Correa released the following statement:

“I am proud to see the House pass both of these bills with bipartisan support. The EVEST Act eliminates red tape to allow seamless access to health care when our servicemembers transition to civilian life. These veterans automatically have a connection and access to the VA health care system upon their discharge from service. As we know, the first few months after leaving the service, can be particularly difficult for veterans who may need mental health care. America made a promise to our veterans to take care of them when they came home and this legislation provides them with the benefits and care they have earned and deserve.

“In addition, the passage of the Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act ensures servicemembers in our Guard and Reserve receive equal GI Bill benefits to their active duty counterparts. When our Guard and Reserve step up to defend our Capitol or to serve on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic, they need to know their time in service is treated the same as other active duty time. I’m proud to have supported passage of both pieces of legislation and want our Guard and Reserve to know that if you do the same job and take the same risks, you will earn the same benefits.”