Veterans & National Security
Keeping Our Nation’s Promise to Our Veterans: No words can express our nation’s sincere gratitude to our military service members, and their families, who have answered the call to serve our country. Since the Revolutionary War, which secured the independence of our great nation, over 1.3 million brave Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom and ensure the survival of our nation. We must honor our commitment to our nation’s heroes and doing so is a priority for Rep. Posey. Recent legislation signed into law with Rep. Posey's support include:
Modernizing the Veterans Appeals Process – Supported the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act, which modernizes the appeals process at the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow for faster appeals decisions for veterans. (Became Public Law 115-55)
VA Accountability – Supported the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, which establishes protections for whistleblowers and increases the authority to remove bad employees and reward good employees for outstanding performance. (Became Public Law 115-41)
VA ID Card – Cosponsored legislation signed into law enabling veterans to obtain identification cards from the Department of Veterans Affairs. (Became Public Law 114-31)
Transitioning to Civilian Jobs – Voted for passage of the Veterans Skills to Jobs Act, requiring federal agencies to accept military training as sufficient to satisfy training/certification requirements for federal licenses. (Became Public Law 112-147)
National Security: Our men and women who wear the uniform today deserve nothing less than the best, most advanced battlefield weaponry and technology. Anything less is unacceptable. I am committed to seeing that we have the advanced aircraft, warships, and battlefield hardware to guarantee our troops supremacy. That means making the investments needed to develop and purchase advanced equipment.
The president signed into law the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, legislation that authorizes programs and spending levels for our military and national defense. The bill makes investments in modernizing our forces with new technology, replacing equipment for the Army and building up our Naval fleet. In total, $11.3 billion has been authorized for military construction efforts. Altogether the National Defense Authorization Act authorizes $717 billion which also includes bonuses for military service members who work in high-demand fields and the largest pay increase our troops have seen in nine years.