S. 894

An Act To identify and refer members of the Armed Forces with a health care occupation who are separating from the Armed Forces for potential employment with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

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115 S894 ES: Hire Veteran Health Heroes Act of 2021

U.S. Senate

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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 894

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

AN ACT

To identify and refer members of the Armed Forces with a health care occupation who are separating from the Armed Forces for potential employment with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the

Hire Veteran Health Heroes Act of 2021

.

2.

Identification and referral of members of the Armed Forces with a health care occupation for potential employment with the Department of Veterans Affairs during separation from the Armed Forces

Section 207 of the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 (

Public Law 115–46

;

38 U.S.C. 7401

note) is amended to read as follows:

207.

Identification and referral of members of the Armed Forces with a health care occupation for potential employment with the Department of Veterans Affairs during separation from the Armed Forces

(a)

In general

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, shall establish a program to identify and refer members of the Armed Forces with a health care occupation for employment with the Department of Veterans Affairs during the separation of such members from the Armed Forces.

(b)

Referral of interested individuals

(1)

In general

If a member of the Armed Forces identified under subsection (a) expresses an interest in working in a health care occupation within the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall refer the member to a recruiter of the Department for consideration of open positions in the specialty and geography of interest to the member.

(2)

Timing

Any referral of a member of the Armed Forces conducted under paragraph (1) shall be made not earlier than one year before the separation of the member from the Armed Forces.

(c)

Rule of construction

Any identification of a member of the Armed Forces under subsection (a) or referral of such member under subsection (b) shall not be construed as a guarantee of employment of such member with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

(d)

Reports

Not later than each of one year and two years after the date of the enactment of the

Hire Veteran Health Heroes Act of 2021

, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report on the program established under subsection (a).

(e)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Appropriate committees of Congress

The term

appropriate committees of Congress

means—

(A)

the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs of the Senate; and

(B)

the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs of the House of Representatives.

(2)

Health care occupation

The term

health care occupation

means an occupation for which an individual may be appointed for employment with the Department of Veterans Affairs under section 7401 of title 38, United States Code.

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Passed the Senate July 21, 2021.

Secretary