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Legislative Update: House Committee Approves Legislation on Veterans Outreach Program

July 2010

On July 1, 2010, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure unanimously approved legislation (H.R. 5226) authorizing the secretary of veterans affairs and ARC to jointly carry out a program of outreach to veterans who reside in the Appalachian Region. The legislation is intended to increase Appalachian veterans' awareness and use of federal, state, and local programs providing compensation and benefits for veterans. The measure does not contain a specified level of funding. Similar legislation has been introduced in the Senate, but no action has yet been taken.