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  • Reps. Frankel, Bilirakis, and Takano Unveil Legislation to Support Student Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on March 17, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Supporting Our Veterans, Education

    Today, Lois Frankel (FL-22), Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), and Mark Takano (CA-41) re-introduced the Veterans Education Empowerment Act, legislation that would allow the Department of Education to help create Veteran Student Centers. “The men and women who risk their lives for our freedom deserve an opportunity to succeed when they reenter civilian life. Veteran Student Centers will help provide student veterans with the support they need to transition to college, on their path to a new career,” said C... Read more

  • Frankel Seeks Input from Student Veterans, Champions Program to Better Support Nation’s Heroes
    Posted in Press Releases on February 23, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Supporting Our Veterans, Education

    Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-22) today met with student veterans attending Palm Beach State College to hear directly about the challenges they face in adjusting to being in the classroom after serving on the battlefield. She spoke with the group about her work to establish Veteran Student Centers to help ease the burdens during this transition. "The men and women who risk their lives for our freedom deserve to succeed in the classroom and the workplace," said Frankel. "Today I heard from stude... Read more

  • Frankel Seeks Input from Student Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on January 23, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Supporting Our Veterans, Education

    Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-22) today met with student veterans attending Nova Southeastern University at an event hosted by Mission United, an organization that helps U.S. military veterans and their families re-acclimate to civilian life in Broward County. “Today’s roundtable gave me an opportunity to hear directly from student veterans what they need to better succeed in school and find good jobs,” said Frankel. “It reinforced the importance of doing everything we can to make this transiti... Read more

  • Frankel Statement on Veterans Day
    Posted in Press Releases on November 10, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Supporting Our Veterans

    Congresswoman Lois Frankel released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day, observed Tuesday, November 11. “On Veterans Day, we remember and honor the veterans who have risked their lives to protect our freedoms. As the mother of a United States Marine veteran, I understand the sacrifices our servicemembers and their families have made. I will continue to stand up for veterans, by working to make sure they get the benefits they deserve and the chance to build their own career, support ... Read more

  • Frankel Unveils Legislation to Provide Resources to Student Veterans at Roundtable with Local Colleges & Universities
    Posted in Press Releases on November 10, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Supporting Our Veterans, Education

    Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-22) today hosted a roundtable at Florida Atlantic University with local colleges and universities about resources available to student veterans in South Florida. Frankel focused on the Veterans Education Empowerment Act, legislation that would allow the Department of Education to help establish veteran student centers. “Veterans have stood up for us, now it's time for us to stand up for them,” said Congresswoman Frankel. “Creating on-campus communities for student ... Read more

  • Frankel Votes To Overhaul the VA; Bipartisan Bill Passes The House; Praises Local VAs
    Posted in Press Releases on July 30, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Supporting Our Veterans, Health Care

    Congresswoman Lois Frankel voted today in favor of the House and Senate compromise to reform the Veterans Affairs Administration. The $17 billion bill comes in the wake of the systemic problems reported at VA health facilities that resulted in thousands of veterans not receiving timely care. The bill now goes to the Senate for approval. “I am pleased that Congress has come together to take action to fix the VA health care system throughout the country. I am proud of the service given to our vete... Read more

  • Frankel Statement on VA Report
    Posted in Press Releases on June 9, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Supporting Our Veterans

    Congresswoman Lois Frankel issued the following statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the result of their internal audit of scheduling practices at VA hospitals and clinics nationwide. The report said that 63,000 patients were waiting to be scheduled for care nationwide, and that 13 percent of VA schedulers reported being instructed to falsify reports about appointment waiting periods. The Palm Beach, Broward and Miami clinics were not included among VA facilities requ... Read more

  • Frankel Statement On VA Allowing Private Care For Veterans Waiting for Appointments
    Posted in Press Releases on May 28, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Supporting Our Veterans

    Congresswoman Lois Frankel issued the following statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that veterans who have treatment delays of 30 days or more will have the option to seek private care. "Expanding veteran care to private providers in order to prevent delays in treatment is a step in the right direction. Our returning heroes deserve the very best in health care without long waits for attention," Frankel said. The Palm Beach VA has been outsourcing care to private care pro... Read more

  • Frankel and Inspiring Veteran Continue Push to Change Military Sexual Assault Laws
    Posted in Press Releases on March 13, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Supporting Our Veterans, Women's Health Care

    Elisha Morrow, who inspired Congresswoman Frankel’s National Defense Authorization Act provision on military sexual assault, visited Washington today to testify at a panel on sexual assault in the military. "It was a privilege to testify before the subcommittee today about the difficulties our military members face,” said Morrow. “I addressed boot camp and training environments and focused on needed areas of change." The hearing was held by the Victim Services Subcommittee to Response Systems to... Read more

  • Vietnam vet a symbol of overcoming VA delays
    Posted in In the News on January 27, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Supporting Our Veterans

    A Vietnam War veteran from Fort Lauderdale who suffered severe burns in combat and financial hardship back home will be watching from the House gallery Tuesday night when President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address. Jeff Colaiacovo will represent all American service members, but especially the hundreds of thousands who endure bureaucratic snags and delays when seeking disability benefits. His saga began 46 years ago with a mine explosion in Vietnam that left him temporarily b... Read more