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H.R. 4635 (115th): To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to increase the number of peer-to-peer counselors providing counseling for women veterans, and for other purposes.

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Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 4635 directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to increase the number of female peer counselors so that female veterans who are separating or newly separated from military service can receive support from other female veterans. In addition, the bill emphasizes facilitating peer-to-peer counseling for women veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder or suffer from another mental health condition, or are homeless or at the risk of being homeless.

Women represent 10% of our nation’s veteran population and by 2030, this population is expected to grow to 15%. Over the past 10 years, the use of VA benefits among women veterans has increased by more than 45%. According to the VA’s 2016 suicide data report, the “risk of suicide was 2.4 times higher among female ...

Sponsor and status

Mike Coffman

Sponsor. Representative for Colorado's 6th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 14, 2018
Length: 4 pages
Dec 13, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
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This bill was incorporated into:

H.R. 6: SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act
Enacted — Signed by the President on Oct 24, 2018. (compare text)

27 Cosponsors (18 Democrats, 9 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

House Passes Coffman’s Veterans Bills
    — Rep. Mike Coffman [R-CO6, 2009-2018] (Sponsor) on Jun 13, 2018

House Veterans Affairs Committee Advances Rep. Peters Bipartisan VA Health Care Transparency and Competition Bill
    — Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA52] (Co-sponsor) on May 8, 2018

Higgins Announces House Approval of Legislation Expanding Support to Women Veterans & Veteran Treatment Courts
    — Rep. Brian Higgins [D-NY26] on Jun 15, 2018

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Dec 13, 2017

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Apr 17, 2018
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May 8, 2018
Ordered Reported

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May 18, 2018
Reported by House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

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Jun 13, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 4635 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4635. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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