Defense bill includes pay raise, Fort Hood improvements

The consolidated $738 billion measure includes a 3.1% pay raise for troops and funds for improvements at Fort Hood. (MGN)
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WASHINGTON (KWTX) The Senate sent the annual defense policy bill to President Donald Trump Tuesday.

The consolidated $738 billion measure includes a 3.1% pay raise for troops and funds for improvements at Fort Hood.

The measure includes $32 million for construction of a new barracks on Fort Hood, $18.5 million for a vehicle bridge on post $5 million for the VA Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence, $9.4 billion for VA mental health and suicide prevention programs, $1.8 billion for VA homeless programs as well as language “to address sexual assault and juvenile justice reforms to support victims on military bases like Fort Hood,” U.S. Rep. John Carter R-Round Rock, said in a press release.

"As the representative for the largest veteran population in Texas, I also fought to include measures that will support the wellbeing of our veterans through increased funding for mental health and suicide prevention programs, and provide over $1.8 billion to help end homelessness among veterans. This funding will go a long way in improving the lives of those who bravely served,” Carter said.

"Additionally, school safety programs will see an increase in funding, including additional resources for training law enforcement officers, so they can keep our communities secure,” he said.