Veterans

Our veterans have made incredible sacrifices in serving our country. It is our duty to make sure that when they return home, they have the resources they need to transition back to civilian life. 

As a member of the Veterans’ Affairs committee, Congressman Allred is dedicated to ensuring all veterans receive the benefits they have earned through their service. That means strengthening the VA system to reduce wait times and make sure every veteran is getting the individualized care they need. Congressman Allred also strongly supports expanding mental health services so that veterans suffering from PTSD and other service related trauma can access the help they need. Additionally, it is our responsibility to equip our veterans with the tools and resources they need to return to the workforce. Congressman Allred supports measures to increase job training programs and educational opportunities, so veterans can successfully transition to the civilian workforce. The number of homeless veterans is deeply troubling, and we must help local communities provide shelter and transition services to these men and women to get them into safe, stable housing.

 Congress must honor its obligations to our veterans. Congressman Allred is proud to work for the brave men and women who have put so much on the line to defend our freedom and protect our nation. 

 

 

More on Veterans

July 2, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, introduced the bipartisan Veterans Claim Transparency Act. The bill reinstates and codifies "the 48-hour rule" which allows a veteran's representative to review VA's preliminary determination of a veteran’s benefits 48 hours before finalizing the benefit determination.

June 25, 2020 In The News

As a country, we have made a promise to serve our veterans as they have bravely put their lives on the line to defend our freedom. That is why it is our duty as a nation to support our veterans as they transition to civilian life when they return home.

June 23, 2020 Press Release

Garland, Texas – Today, Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32) visited the new Garland VA Medical Center for the first time since the facility was secured by the North Texas VA Health Care System and opened in April to serve veterans with COVID-19. The facility began serving a broader population of veterans this week for basic services. 

June 23, 2020 In The News

The new Garland VA Medical Center is expected to serve as many as 8,000 veterans, making primary care more convenient.

June 16, 2020 In The News

“In-person C&P exams have resumed in twenty cities across the country, yet we have not heard how you intend to ensure sanitation measures, supply protective equipment to veterans and providers, and manage the growing backlog,” wrote the lawmakers, who were Luria, Gilbert Cisneros Jr. (D-Calif.), Rep. Gregorio Sablan (D-Northern Mariana Islands), Colin Allred (D-Texas) and Lauren Underwood (D-Ohio).

May 14, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, today introduced the Aid and Attendance Support Act. The bill will increase by 25 percent the amount paid to disabled veterans to assist with their daily activities to help cover new COVID-19 related expenses for 60 days, including purchasing personal protective equipment for veterans and their caregivers. 

April 4, 2020 In The News

Congressman Colin Allred was part of group pushing for a deal.

April 3, 2020 In The News

Dallas congressman Colin Allred has been pushing for this deal for months, and it wasn’t always straightforward. “There were times when this deal was not going to happen. We had to work very hard to bring the various players to the same table just to clear up some of the lines of communication,” he says. But the need for additional beds to treat coronavirus helped push it across the finish line.

April 3, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32) today announced that an agreement has been reached for Baylor, Scott & White to donate an existing, vacant hospital to the North Texas VA Health System, clearing the way to open a VA health care facility in Garland. Within weeks, the hospital will initially be used by the VA to treat COVID-19 patients, and will have 100 beds. 

April 3, 2020 In The News

A shuttered Baylor Scott & White hospital in Garland will open its doors within weeks to begin treating veterans infected with COVID-19, Rep. Colin Allred announced Friday.