Americans for Tax Reform supports the Preserving Lawful Utilization of Services (PLUS) for Veterans Act of 2023 to maintain freedom of choice for veterans while protecting them from fraud.

Congressman Jack Bergman (R-Mich.) recently introduced H.R. 1822, the PLUS for Veterans Act. The bill upholds the right of veterans to pursue their benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with the aid of private-sector assistants. The bill also imposes new criminal penalties on bad actors who seek to take advantage of veterans through illegal, unauthorized fees.

Congresswoman Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) is the first cosponsor of the bill.

Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, issued the following statement applauding the bill’s introduction:

“This legislation will preserve the rights of veterans to work with the private sector to get the best access to their VA benefits as possible. Congress should be focused on removing government barriers to an overly complicated VA process; instead, Democrats want to ban an entire industry that helps veterans navigate the federal government to get access to their benefits. Rep. Bergman’s bill protects veterans’ rights while acting as a safeguard against such heavy-handed bans on the private sector. ATR urges every Member of Congress to support this bill.”

In recent years, Democrats’ broad opposition to the U.S. private sector has led them to target private businesses in the VA benefits space. These attacks would reduce the choices available to our veterans and could result in lower and slower VA benefits payouts.

America owes a great debt to the veterans who risked their lives to protect the country. By defending the rights of veterans to choose the VA claims preparers that are best for them, and by adding new preventative measures against fraudsters, the PLUS for Veterans Act will help the United States fulfill its promise to protect those who protected us.

ATR urges members of Congress support H.R. 1822, the Preserving Lawful Utilization of Services (PLUS) for Veterans Act of 2023.