Rep. Gene Green Congratulates Houston VA
April 22, 2010
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Gene Green (TX-29) released the following statement regarding Veterans Affairs new employee hiring:
“When Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, our goal was to stimulate the economy in a lasting and long-term way by investing in new jobs, infrastructure, and providing tax benefits to families and small businesses. Over a year after the passage of the Recovery Act, about 2.5 million jobs have been created or saved, income in the last 3 quarters of 2009 is above 2008 levels, tax refunds are up 10%, and only half of the Recovery Act has been used. I’m happy to see the Houston VA regional benefits office receiving very much needed funds to help in the assistance of the honored veterans of our area. These additional permanent employees will ensure veterans receive prompt attention and benefits.”
Department of Veterans Affairs Release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2010
VA Jobs Boost Local Economy
Houston Office Uses Recovery Funds to Improve Services to Veterans
HOUSTON -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its Houston VA regional benefits office are putting Americans directly to work with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The Houston VA regional office was authorized to hire 51 new employees to assist with processing Veterans’ claims for VA benefits. The new jobs came from federal dollars allocated under the Recovery Act, enacted by Congress in February 2009.
“Additional staff will help us to improve the quality of service provided to our Houston-area Veterans,” said VA Assistant Regional Office Director Darryl Brady. “Houston is fortunate to have these additional employees, who are already making a difference.”
The new hires are involved in administrative work supporting the professional adjudicators who make compensation, pension or education decisions, or process changes in Veterans’ benefits. VA expects the additional staffing will help to deliver Veterans their benefits as quickly as possible.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided $150 million for the program to hire and train the new staffers. Nationally, VA has put 2,300 people to work in benefits offices including 500 new staff members hired as permanent employees.
While Recovery Act funding for the term employees will expire in September 2010, the 2011 President's budget includes funds to retain or replace these employees on a permanent basis and to hire more than 2,000 additional new processors.
In addition to bolstering the benefits office staffing, the law is funding more than $1 billion of improvements at VA medical centers and national cemeteries around the country.
More information about VA benefits is available at www.va.gov or Veterans may contact one of VA's Call Center representatives at 1-800-827-1000.