Rutherford Amendment Included in National Defense Authorization Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) offered an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would require the Department of Defense (DoD) to evaluate the effectiveness of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) for female servicemembers. This bipartisan amendment was unanimously adopted by the House and will now will be included in the NDAA up for consideration on the floor this week. Among the cosponsors were Florida Representatives Al Lawson (FL-05) and Neal Dunn (FL-02).
“Female servicemembers, who represent the fastest growing veteran population, have unique needs and care requirements that differ from their male counterparts,” said Rutherford. “Unfortunately, many VA and DoD services are geared toward men, and this is especially true for transition assistance. With more women serving in combat roles, our transition assistance programs must address gender-specific differences in the physical and psychological wounds of war when servicemembers return to civilian life.”
Rutherford’s initiative requires an evaluation of the effectiveness of the Transition Assistance Program for female members of the Armed Forces. Rutherford is a member of the Servicewomen and Women Veterans Caucus and a participant of the Women Veterans Task Force – two bipartisan congressional organizations working to promote equitable access to resources, benefits, and health care to meet the unique needs of female veterans.