Congressman Panetta Introduces Legislation to Ensure Veteran Transportation Services

April 14, 2021
Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) introduced the Veterans Earned Transportation (Vets ETA) Act.  The legislation permanently reauthorizes a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program that provides safe and reliable transportation to and from VA facilities or other locations providing critical care such as vocational rehabilitation, counseling, and medical treatment.  Congressman Van Taylor (R-TX-03), Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA-33), and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01) are original cosponsors of the bipartisan bill.

“No veteran should be prohibited from accessing the COVID-19 vaccine, mental health counseling, and other critical care simply because they do not have proper transportation,” said Congressman Panetta.  “My VETS ETA Act would reauthorize the Veteran Transportation Service program to ensure that every individual in the VA healthcare system can access their care providers.  I’m glad to author and introduce this legislation to permanently secure such a critical service for our nation’s veterans.”

“Our brave Veterans have made immense sacrifices for our country and while we can never thank them enough, we can work to ensure they receive the critical care they need – which includes reliable transportation to health services,” said Congressman Van Taylor.  “I’m proud to join my colleague Congressman Jimmy Panetta to again introduce this bipartisan legislation, which will help provide transportation to mobility challenged Veterans across the country.”

“I am proud to cosponsor the bipartisan Veterans Earned Transportation Act that directly supports access to critical care for veterans,” said Representative Brian Fitzpatrick. “Congress must ensure that our veterans continue to have safe, reliable transportation services to VA appointments so they can receive the care that they have earned.”