December 22, 2021

Neguse, Lamborn Partner on Proposal to Holistically Support Colorado Veterans

Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse and Congressman Doug Lamborn unveiled the HUBS for Veterans Act, bipartisan legislation to support local “network hubs” which streamline access to essential resources for veterans, servicemembers, and their families. The legislation, led by Senator Bennet and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) in the Senate, would authorize a five-year pilot program to provide matching grant funds to non-profit organizations that offer access to multiple, wraparound services from one source, or “network hubs.” 

“Across our district, we hear frequently from veterans who are struggling to access the benefits they’ve been promised or to gain the resources necessary to thrive,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “For those who have stepped up to serve, we must ensure we are fulfilling our commitment to ensure access to adequate health care, education services, housing and job training opportunities when they return home. The HUBS for Veterans Act will advance holistic wraparound services for our local veterans by supporting local network hubs that can help them with a variety of services.” 

“Many Colorado community-based organizations have stepped up to support our veterans by providing a variety of resources and services in a single location,” said Congressman Lamborn. “The HUBS for Veterans Act would help support these veterans service organizations so they can ensure that veterans, servicemembers, and their families have streamlined access to the essential support they need.” 

The HUBS for Veterans Act specifically directs the Department of Labor (DOL), in consultation with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), to prioritize network hubs that provide job recruitment training, educational support services, financial services, entrepreneurship training, behavioral health services, and assistance in accessing benefits administered by the VA.

The bill would also ensure that service members receive information through the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) about network hubs located in the community in which they will reside once they become a civilian. TAP is an interagency collaboration between the Department of Defense, DOL, and VA that provides information to servicemembers and their families to help them transition from military service to civilian life.

Read the bill text HERE. 

Background:

The HUBS for Veterans Act is the 6th bill introduced by Congressman Neguse in recent months to support our nation’s veterans and military families. This summer, Congressman Neguse introduced the Veterans Job Training Act to authorize and expand the only federal grant program focused exclusively on equipping homeless veterans and the VET Student Loan Act which would ensure disabled veterans and their families aren’t left with undue tax burden from student loan forgiveness benefits. This fall, he unveiled the Veterans Pro Bono Corps Act and the Department of Veterans Affairs Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Processing Claims Improvement Act of 2021 to ensure our nation’s veterans can access comprehensive health care coverage through the Veterans Administration (VA). Along with these measures, Congressman Neguse recently introduced a bill to provide expanded travel allowances to military families traveling to funerals, the measure passed the House along with the NDAA.