House Adopts Connolly Amendment Waiving Veteran ID Fee
Today, the House of Representatives adopted Congressman Gerry Connolly's (D-VA) amendment to the Minibus funding bill that would waive the fee for homeless veterans applying for a veteran identification card. The Veterans Identification Card Act of 2015 directs the Veterans Administration (VA) to produce universal identification cards. Connolly's amendment prohibits the VA from charging a homeless veteran a fee for this service.
"We have a responsibility to take care of our veterans, especially those who are homeless. This amendment will eliminate an arbitrary burden that has locked out some of our veterans to important services," said Connolly. "As Chairman of Fairfax County, we embarked on an ambitious agenda to end homelessness in ten years, and today, we are close to realizing that noble goal. But there is still work to be done, particularly with our veteran population. We need to expand access to housing for our veterans and make it easier for them to access the resources they've earned. This amendment will bring us closer to that goal."