Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano - www.napolitano.house.gov - 562-801-2134
Pay Raises for Active Duty Soldiers (HR 2647) - Troops were given a 3.5 percent pay raise in 2008, a 3.9 percent pay raise in 2009, and a 3.4 percent pay raise for 2010.
Stop-Loss Pay for Extra Tours (HR 2346) - Troops and veterans were retroactively provided with $500 for every month they had to serve under stop-loss orders since 2001.
Encouraging Businesses to Hire Returning Vets (HR1) - New $2,400 tax credit for hiring unemployed vets.
Increased Protection for Troops (HR 2346) - More funding for body armor, training, and equipment, including Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles to protect soldiers against improvised explosive devices.
Strengthening Health Care (HR 3288) - Increased funding for VA hospitals, services for women including care for new borns, confidential mental health screening for returning vets, suicide prevention services and hotline (1-800-273-TALK and www.suicidepreventionhotline.org), increased study of PTSD and TBI.
The New GI Bill for the 21st Century (HR 2642, 110th Congress) - Helps pay for a college education for those who served after 9/11, or in some cases for a spouse or child instead. See below for details.
VA Home Loan Program (HR 5684, 110th Congress) - Gives vets and families guaranteed housing loans.
Health Care and Benefits from the VA: 1-877-222-VETS or http://www.va.gov/health/default.asp
Center for Minority Veterans: 202-273-6708 or http://www.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/
The Reserve Educational Assistance Program: 1-888-GIBILL1 or http://gibill.va.gov/post-911/other-programs/reap.html
VA Readjustment Counseling Services: 1-800-905-4675 or http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Assistance: 1-800-342-9647 or http://www.ptsd.va.gov/
VA Home Loans: 1-888-869-0194 or http://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/
Suicide Prevention Hotline and Chatroom - 1-800-273-TALK or www.suicidepreventionhotline.org
New GI Bill Provides College Education for Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan
The New GI Bill will now pay 40-100% of an in-state college education for veterans who served after 9/11, depending on the amount of time served. Depending on which branch of the military a veteran was enrolled in, unused benefits may be applied to a spouse or child instead. Some may benefit more from the old GI Bill which is still available -- visit http://www.gibill.va.gov/ to learn more.