Monday, June 15, 2009

Gerry Connolly to Submit Helping Active Duty Deployed Act

Since being elected to Congress, Gerry Connolly has worked hard on behalf of our men and woman who are serving in the armed forces. In addition to doing things such as co-signing a letter that called for a hefty funding increase to be provided for the mental health services needed by many of our soldiers returning from combat, Connolly will be submitting legislation that would make it easier financially for our men and women to serve.

According to an article published on the Inside Nova website, the Helping Active Duty Deployed Act will help a soldier be reimbursed for tuition if his combat service prevents him from completing the courses and “end ‘family plan’ cell phone contracts or rental property leases early with no charge.” The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is supporting the bill and, through its chief legislative counsel even gave Inside Nova an example of why the legislation is needed.
Patrick Campbell wrote that when he was in Iraq, he was required to pay a monthly fee to his provider to keep his cell contract current.

Then he had to spend five hours of his first day home in a wireless store just to try to get his service restored.

"It took me over seven months for the whole issue to get resolved and required filing a complaint to the FCC and switching service providers," Campbell wrote.
While there is still a lot of “big picture” discussions that need to take place about our policy in Iraq and Afghanistan, I think these relatively small issues still need to be addressed and I’m very pleased to see that Gerry is tackling them. After all, it is absolutely horrendous that someone should be charged extra fees simply because they were serving our country overseas. I therefore strongly encourage everyone to write their Members of Congress and tell them to sign on as a co-sponsor of Helping Active Duty Deployed Act.

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