Screen shot 2013-10-13 at 8.43.49 PMA veteran himself, Kerry is committed to giving veterans the best care possible.

As an infantry rifleman in Vietnam and a soldier who served in Iraq in 2007, I know first-hand what our veterans go through.

In fact, due to a fractured vertebra that I suffered in Iraq, I am considered 50% disabled.

In Congress, I will fight tirelessly to improve veterans’ care andgive veterans more choices.

We have an epidemic of suicides among veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.  We also have an epidemic of homelessness among veterans.  It is clear that changes are needed.

For example, our veterans need better health care, including mental care, and we need to find a system that will provided the needed benefits at the best cost.

I support efforts to strengthen the VA by empowering veterans to choose where they can use benefits they earned by risking their lives for us.  Each veteran should be entitled to the care they deserve and should be allowed to go to different providers at their choosing.

I will support both efforts to strengthen the VA and to allow veterans to opt for a voucher for any solution they deem better.

To say one will not permit veterans to voluntarily opt for a voucher is simply to say veterans should be given no choice but what the government will give them.  Our veterans have had to settle with what the government has given them for too long.

We owe them more, and we owe them more choices.  Plain and simple.

The Bentivolio Record

Congressman Bentivolio retains a full-time district staffer tasked with handling veterans’ casework for all requests for assistance with the Department of Veterans Affairs. You can contact Rep. Bentivolio’s district office at (248) 859-2982.

Rep. Bentivolio has:

  • Cosponsored and voted YES for HR 1171, the FOR VETS Act, which authorizes the transfer of federal surplus property to a state agency for distribution through donation within the state for purposes of education or public health for veterans’ organizations
  • Cosponsored and voted YES to include in the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act HR 2016, the Military Justice Improvement Act, which would remove the decision-making authority for prosecuting serious crimes (including rape and sexual assault) from the accused’s chain of command, and place it in the hands of trained military prosecutors
  • Cosponsored HR 164, to permit veterans who have a service-connected, permanent disability rated as total to travel on military aircraft in the same manner and to the same extent as retired members of the Armed Forces entitled to such travel
  • Cosponsored HR 241, the Veterans Timely Access to Health Care Act, which directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to ensure that the standard for access to care for a veteran seeking hospital care and medical services from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is 30 days from the date the veteran contacts the VA
  • Cosponsored HR 324, to grant the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the First Special Service Force, in recognition of its superior service during World War II
  • Cosponsored HR 543, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, to include as part of the Republic of Vietnam its territorial seas for purposes of the presumption of service connection for diseases associated with exposure by veterans to certain herbicide agents while in Vietnam
  • Cosponsored HR 577, the Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act, to prevent anyone other than a judge from declaring one mentally unfit to own a firearm, overturning the portion of the Veternas Disarmament Act that allows a panel to do so based upon the recommendation of a psychologist or social worker
  • Cosponsored HR 1598, the Veterans ID Card Act, which directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to issue a veteran’s identification card to any veteran who requests such card and is neither entitled to military retired pay nor enrolled in the VA system of patient enrollment, to serve as proof that the veteran honorably served in the Armed Forces and has a DD-214 form or other official document in their personnel file that describes their military service
  • Cosponsored HR 755, to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol
  • Cosponsored HR 8343, to amend title 10, United States Code, to require that the Purple Heart occupy a position of precedence above the new Distinguished Warfare Medal
  • Cosponsored HR 914, the Military Religious Freedom Protection Act, which requires the sincerely held religious or moral beliefs of a member of the Armed Forces concerning the appropriate and inappropriate expression of human sexuality to be accommodated and not the basis of any adverse personnel action, discrimination, or denial of promotion, schooling, training, or assignment (adverse actions). It also prohibits a military chaplain from being directed, ordered, or required to perform any duty, rite, ritual, ceremony, service, or function that is contrary to the conscience, moral principles, or religious beliefs of the chaplain or the chaplain’s faith group. It further prohibits the refusal of a chaplain to perform a ceremony that is contrary to such beliefs from being the basis of any adverse actions
  • Cosponsored HR 1209, to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the World War II members of the “Doolittle Tokyo Raiders”, for outstanding heroism, valor, skill, and service to the United States in conducting the bombings of Tokyo
  • Cosponsored HR 1288, the World War II Merchant Mariner Service Act, which directs the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to consider certain methods for verifying that an individual performed honorable service as a coastwise merchant seaman during the period beginning on December 7, 1941, and ending on December 31, 1946, for purposes of eligibility for veterans’ benefits under the GI Bill Improvement Act of 1977
  • Cosponsored HR 1494, the Blue Water Navy Ship Accountability Act, which directs the Secretary of Defense to review the logs of each Navy ship known to have operated in the waters near Vietnam during the Vietnam Era; determine, for each such ship, the date(s) so operated and its closest proximity to shore during such operation; and provide such information to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Cosponsored HR 1756, the Deployed Troops Support Act, which authorizes the Secretary of Defense to transport to any country, on a space-available basis and without charge, supplies that have been furnished by a nonprofit organization and intended for distribution to members of the Armed Forces
  • Cosponsored HR 2055, the Integrated Electronic Health Records (iEHR) for Military and Veterans Act, to establish a prize program to award a prize and contract for the development of a fully-integrated electronic health records program for use by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Cosponsored HR 2310, the Guard Units And Reservists Deserve Remembrance Act, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make available for purchase Department of Veterans Affairs memorial headstones and markers for members of reserve components who performed certain training
  • Cosponsored HR 2590, the 21st Century Health Care for Heroes Act, to establish a specific timeline for the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to achieve integrated electronic health records
  • Cosponsored House Res 37, recognizing the 200th anniversary of the Battles at the River Raisin and the significance of these battles during the War of 1812
  • Cosponsered House Res 75, recognizing 376 years of service of the National Guard and affirming congressional support for a permanent Operational Reserve as a component of the Armed Forces