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Congressman Lloyd Smucker

Representing the 16th District of Pennsylvania

Veterans

Our veterans, service members, and their families have endured tremendous hardships and made significant sacrifices in their fight to preserve the freedom of the United States. Congressman Smucker is committed to improving the well-being and quality of life for the 38,000 veterans in Pennsylvania’s 16 district.

Introduced legislation to relieve veterans of financial burdens 

Congressman Smucker introduced the bipartisan VA Billing Accountability Act (H.R. 1972) to relieve veterans of financial burdens caused by delays at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This legislation brings more stability and financial security to veterans’ post-military lives, by ensuring they are not receiving incorrect bills or unbilled copayments for VA care from years past. The VA Billing Accountability Act passed the House of Representatives on May 21, 2018. Read more about this bill here, or watch the bill pass the House here.  

Co-introduced legislation to end veteran homelessness

Congressman Smucker is co-leading the bipartisan Home for the Brave Act (H.R. 4322), which excludes a veteran’s disability compensation from countable income for purposes of qualifying for HUD housing assistance programs. Berks, Chester, and Lancaster Counties have all made national pledges to end veteran homelessness. This legislation supports that effort and helps ensure our nation’s heroes have a home to call their own. Read more about this bill here.  

Voted for the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act (S. 1094)

Many veterans have experienced difficulty at simply navigating the onerous bureaucracy at the VA, which include extensive backlogs and waiting times. Too often veterans are being deprived of quality care and service. This is simply unacceptable. That’s why Congressman Smucker voted in support of the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act (S.1094), which was signed into law by President Trump. This new law will increase accountability at the VA and make it easier to remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee for poor performance and misconduct to improve overall care at the VA. Read more about this bill here.  

Voted for the VA Mission Act (S.2372)

The VA Mission Act streamlines 7 community care programs at the Department Veterans Affairs into one cohesive program, the Veterans Community Care Program to ensure that our nation’s veterans receive the best care possible. It also expands the VA Caregiver Program to all generations of veterans including post- 9/11 veterans. With Congressman Smucker’s vote and support, this legislation passed Congress and was signed into law by the President on June 6, 2018. Read more about this bill here.

Cosponsored and voted in support of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act (H.R. 3218)

Congressman Smucker is an original cosponsor of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act (H.R. 3218), which addresses many of the challenges with eligibility, training programs, and administrative barriers in the current GI Bill that limit participants access to education. The bill allows veterans to use the GI Bill throughout their lives instead of within 15 years of service and establishes a pilot program that enables veterans to attend non-traditional technology programs that will help them get jobs in high-demand fields right after completion. This critical legislation was signed by the President and became law on August 16, 2017. Read more about this bill here.  

Cosponsored and voted in support the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act (H.R. 299)

Congressman Smucker is a cosponsor of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, which would extend VA disability coverage to Blue Water Navy veterans that served up to twelve miles off the coast of Vietnam and may have been exposed to the Agent Orange toxin. This important legislation ensures that our veterans receive health benefits for complications because of their service and reduces the backlog of VA claims so veterans can get access to quality care faster. H.R. 299 passed the House of Representatives on June 25, 2018. Read more about the bill here. 

Cosponsored the Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act (H.R. 4345)

Following their service to our nation, unfortunately too many veterans fall victim to mental health issues, substance abuse, and homelessness, which can lead to them being caught up in the criminal justice system. To support our nation’s veterans, Congressman Smucker cosponsored the Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act. This bipartisan legislation directs the U.S. Attorney General to establish and carry out a Veteran Treatment Court Program. Moreover, it provides the necessary federal resources to state and local governments to help with the cost of these programs. Read more about the bill here.  

Cosponsored the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act (H.R. 2327)

Service dogs have been a strong treatment option for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). That’s why Congressman Smucker cosponsored the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act to ensure that our nation’s veterans get access to any care they need. The PAWS Act establishes a pilot program through the VA that provides service dogs to veterans to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Read more about the bill here.  

 

Veterans’ Benefits Information and Resources

Contact Our Office

If you are experiencing any casework issues with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs please contact Congressman Smucker’s staff at (717) 393-0667 or request help with a federal agency here.  

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Resources

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Education and Training

Life Insurance

VA Home Loans

Survivor Benefits

Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

Veterans Crisis Line: All veterans, service members, and their loved ones can call the Veterans Crisis Line at (800) 273-8255 and Press 1 or send a text message to 838255 to help individuals coping with mental health issues. Callers will receive confidential assistance from a trained responder 24 hours every day of the week, for 365 days of the year.

 

More on Veterans

September 6, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) today introduced bipartisan legislation – the Warrior Wellness Actwith Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24) to improve the mental health services provided to servicemembers by the Department of Defense. 

May 21, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today the House passed U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker’s (PA-16) bipartisan legislation to help veterans transition to civilian life. Rep. Smucker’s VA Billing Accountability Act passed the House unanimously and would relieve veterans of financial burdens caused by delays at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

May 8, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker’s (PA-16) legislation to relieve veterans of financial burdens caused by delays at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is one step closer to becoming law. Today, the House Committee on Veterans Affairs passed Rep.

December 12, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, President Trump signed into law the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY18 which included U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker’s (PA-16) amendment to expand opportunities for active-duty military men and women to learn career skills and occupational training. This expansion will assist them in their transitions back to civilian life.

November 15, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the House passed the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report which included U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker’s (PA-16) amendment to expand opportunities for active-duty military men and women to learn career skills and occupational training. This expansion will assist them in their transitions back to civilian life.

November 9, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) and Salud Carbajal (CA-24) today introduced bipartisan legislation to assist in the fight against veteran homelessness. The Home for the Brave Act would exempt disability benefits from counting as income when determining eligibility for housing assistance programs through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

September 26, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) today urged his colleagues on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee to support his bipartisan legislation to relieve veterans of financial burdens caused by delays at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

In his testimony, Rep. Smucker said:

August 17, 2017 Press Release

Lancaster, Pa. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) today released a new video, Serving Our Community, highlighting his work and accomplishments in the House of Representatives in the first eight months of the 115th Congress.

Click the image to watch the video.

July 14, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) today issued the following statement after he voted for the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes an important measure he authored to expand apprenticeship opportunities to any member of the uniformed services:

July 13, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) is working to expand opportunities for active-duty military men and women to learn career skills and occupational training that would assist them in their transition back to civilian life.

Working across the aisle with Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Rep. Smucker offered an amendment to the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would expand eligibility for the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) to include all members of the uniformed services.