Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) has introduced legislation that would offer disabled veterans who serve as federal employees with extra time off to seek medical care.
The measure, which Lynch co-sponsored with Reps. Blake FarentholdBlake FarentholdRepublicans rush to help shape Trump’s infrastructure plan Overnight Cybersecurity: Rice denies wrongly unmasking Trump team | Dems plead for electric grid cyber funds | China reportedly targeting cloud providers Overnight Tech: Bill would require warrants for border phone searches | Qualcomm wants antitrust case gone | Ex-Obama defense chief seeks tech help for Pentagon MORE (R-Texas), Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and G.K. ButterfieldG.K. ButterfieldOvernight Tech: Lawmakers clash over privacy repeal | FCC gets new office on economic data | Facebook cracks down on revenge porn Overnight Tech: New office at the FCC | Lawmakers get feisty over privacy at hearing | Facebook cracks down on revenge porn FCC defends not fighting legal challenge to prison call rates MORE (D-N.C.), would offer veterans with 13 days, or 104 hours, of "Wounded Warrior leave" during their first year as federal workers.
"Our Wounded Warrior federal employees who are just starting out in the federal workforce are often faced with the difficult choice of having to take unpaid leave to attend their V.A. appointments or miss their medical visits," Lynch said.
Federal workers are eligible for up to 13 days of paid sick leave by their second year of employment. Any unused leave offered by the Lynch bill could not be carried over to the next year.
Cummings said the bill would ensure that injured veterans do not have to compromise their health upon starting in the federal workforce.
"This legislation will help with their transition by providing a bank of leave in their first year of federal employment that they can use for medical treatments while continuing their public service," Cummings said.