DURING MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH, ROSEN FIGHTS TO SECURE FUNDING IN FISCAL YEAR 2019 APPROPRIATIONS FOR PROGRAMS ASSISTING NEVADA MILITARY FAMILIES
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03), a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the Congressional Military Family Caucus, highlighted several requests she made to House appropriators to invest in Nevada’s servicemembers, veterans, and military families in the Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations bill. Approximately 56,000 veterans call Nevada’s Third Congressional District home.
“Investing in programs that provide resources and opportunities to our military families is our responsibility as a country,” said Rosen. “We are forever grateful to those who are serving or have served for their sacrifice for our country, and I will continue to prioritize funding that supports their success.”
BACKGROUND: Rosen has requested House appropriators fund:
DOD STARBASE, a Department of Defense (DOD) outreach and STEM educational instruction program for fifth grade students aimed at motivating them to explore STEM as they continue their education. The academies serve students that are historically underrepresented in STEM. The program exposes our nation's youth to the technological environments and positive civilian and military role models found on Active, Guard, and Reserve military installations.
DOD Impact Aid program, which provides financial support to public school districts educating large numbers of children of military personnel. These districts are challenged by reduced local revenues, because the federal government does not pay property tax. DoD Impact Aid helps these schools overcome this shortfall, ensuring that students from military families receive a quality education. Additional funding will also support the education of military children with severe disabilities.
Hearing restoration research for servicemembers and veterans through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program. According to DOD, hearing loss is among the top disabilities associated with Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Hearing loss can present a challenge in transitioning to civilian life, with a correlation having been found between hearing loss and depression and anxiety as well as diminished income.
A competitive grant program that supports nonprofit organizations committed to connecting servicemembers and veterans suffering from PTSD with service dogs. Due to financial constraints, many nonprofit organizations that train service dogs are limited in their ability to connect service dogs with veterans and servicemembers with physical and mental health disabilities.
The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, which gives at-risk youth the opportunity to earn their diploma or GED at no cost to students and provides structure and training, with many joining the military afterward. Funding will help create a program in Nevada, providing job skills and/or apprenticeship training to prepare youth with essential skills as they enter the workforce.