Crist Touts $10 Million in Wins For Vets

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) released the following statement on inclusion of pro-veteran policy he championed which was included in the FY21 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill. The bill advanced through the full Appropriations Committee today, and is expected on the House floor in the coming weeks. It includes record funding of over $104 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a $12.3 billion increase over last year.

The bill specifically includes policy penned by Crist providing $5 million for veterans in need of access to clinical trials at National Cancer Institutes, like Tampa’s own Moffit Cancer Center, as well as $5 million for a Data Protection Pilot Program to protect the VA, Veteran Service Organizations, and Veterans from social media scams.

Crist also secured $50 million for the Defense Access Roads program to upgrade the roads and bridges connecting military installations like MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, which are at risk of damage from flooding and sea level rise.

“The brave servicemembers who dutifully fulfilled their oath to our nation deserve nothing less than full support from Congress. That’s exactly what this bill delivers,” said Rep. Crist. “In addition to this historic funding, I am proud to include $5 million for veteran’s cancer treatments and clinical trials in the Tampa Bay area, along with another $5 million to help protect vets from social media scams. For MacDill, we included funds to help improve roads and bridges leading to the base that are susceptible to damage from flooding and sea level rise.”

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