House unanimously voted to send request to Congress for more support for veterans on Indian lands
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – On Feb. 5, the House unanimously voted to adopt House Concurrent Memorial 2004, which sends a request to Congress to allow veterans to receive construction reimbursements for veterans nursing care homes built on American Indian lands.
A House Concurrent Memorial is a formal request to The U.S. Congress. HCM 2004 asks Congress to enact legislation that would allow construction reimbursement and per diem payments for veterans nursing care homes built on American Indian lands. Current law provides for a 65 percent construction reimbursement and per diem to veterans nursing care homes built on land owned by states, territories or land the U.S. possesses.
“Currently, veterans nursing care homes that are not on reservations are eligible for both construction reimbursement and per diem,” Rep. Albert Hale, D-St. Michaels (District 7), said. “We have many veterans in our American Indian communities but no veterans nursing care homes. Extending this law would do a lot of good for the service men and women who need care and wish to stay connected to their communities. ”
Hale added that this change to federal law would encourage the construction of veterans nursing care homes and make it possible to provide more services to veterans living on Indian lands.
“It is encouraging that this effort received so much support from my colleagues in the House of Representatives,” Hale said. “I hope that Congress will consider this issue just as seriously.”