This bill would establish the Veterans Economic Opportunity and Transition Administration within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to be overseen by an Under Secretary for Veterans Economic Opportunity and Transition.
Currently, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) oversees programs such as Vocational Rehabilitation, the Forever GI Bill, Home Loans, and the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) under its Office of Economic Opportunity (EO). Because VBA is responsible for a large portfolio of compensation programs, EO programs suffer from a lack of oversight, leadership, and attention. The VET OPP Act would address this issue by realigning transition, education, and employment programs at VA under a newly established Veterans Economic Opportunity and Transition Administration. This new administration would be accountable to an appointed undersecretary and would be created using existing resources.
DAV supports this legislation in concert with DAV Resolution No. 390, which calls for the establishment of an Economic Opportunity Administration within the VA. Urge your Senators to support and cosponsor S. 1003, the VET OPP Act. Thank you for your efforts and support of the Commander’s Action Network.