Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


May 21, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop (GA-02) supported on three measures to assist veterans in their efforts to reenter civilian life. H.R. 1412, the Improving Job Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2013; H.R. 570, the American Heroes COLA Act; and H.R. 1344, the Helping Heroes Fly Act, all passed unanimously. Congressman Bishop voted in favor of passage for all three bills.

“As we approach Memorial Day, Congress and the American people will be honoring our veterans,” said Bishop. “In addition to remembering their sacrifice, Congress has the obligation to ensure that our veterans have the tools they need to. It is my hope that with these three pieces of legislation, we are investing in our brave service members now and well into the future.”

Improving Job Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2013 (H.R. 1412): Provides incentives for employers to provide more on-the-job training for veterans, ultimately resulting in more veterans being hired into the workforce.

American Heroes COLA Act (H.R. 570): Provides a permanent annual cost-of-living adjustment to the amounts paid to veterans for disability compensation and to their survivors for dependency and indemnity compensation. The measure also increases the rate of monthly compensation for aides and attendants helping the most severely injured veterans.

Helping Heroes Fly Act (H.R. 1344): Directs the assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop and implement processes to ease and facilitate an expedited passenger screening program for service members who are severely injured or disabled, along with their families.