Hearing to Consider Pending Legislation

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1. S. 280 (Rubio), BEST for Vets Act of 2023

2. S. 291 (Rubio), A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to establish in the Department theVeterans Economic Opportunity and Transition Administration, and for other purposes.

3. S. 350 (Lankford), Fry Scholarship Enhancement Act of 2023

4. S. 414 (Tester), Caring for Survivors Act of 2023

5. S. 498 (Rosen), Veteran Education Empowerment Act

6. S. 572 (Tillis), Ensuring Access to VA INFO Act

7. S. 656 (Fischer), Veteran Improvement Commercial Driver License Act of 2023

8. S. 740 (Boozman), GUARD VA Benefits Act of 2023

9. S. 774 (Tester), Veterans Border Patrol Training Act

10. S. 897 (Tester), Expedited Veteran Appeals Act of 2023

11. S. 1090 (Menendez), A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to update the payment system of the Department to allow for electronic fund transfer of educational assistance to a foreign institution of higher education.

12. S. ____ (Schatz), Student Veterans Transparency and Protection Act

13. S. ____ (Moran), Love Lives On Act of 2023

14. S. ____ (Kennedy), Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act of 2023


                                       WITNESS LIST

                                           Panel One

Joseph Garcia, Executive Director, Education Service, Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs

      Accompanied by:

          David Barrans, Chief Counsel, Benefits Law Group, Office of General Counsel

          Kevin Friel, Deputy Director, Pension and Fiduciary Service, Veterans Benefits Administration

          Nick Pamperin, Executive Director, Veteran Readiness and Employment Service, Veterans Benefits Administration

                                            Panel Two

Shane Liermann, Deputy National Legislative Director, Disabled American Veterans

Tammy Barlet, Vice President of Government Affairs, Student Veterans of America

Ashlynne Haycock-Lohmann, Deputy Director, Government and Legislative Affairs, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

Diane Boyd Rauber, Executive Director, National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates


  • Joseph Garcia

    Executive Director, Education Service, Veterans Benefits Administration
    Department of Veterans Affairs
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  • Shane Liermann

    Deputy National Legislative Director
    Disabled American Veterans
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  • Tammy Barlet

    Vice President of Government Affairs
    Student Veterans of America
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  • Ashlynne Haycock-Lohmann

    Deputy Director, Government and Legislative Affairs
    Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
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  • Diane Boyd Rauber

    Executive Director
    National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates
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