Serving Our Veterans As Well As They Served Us
Our nation makes a solemn promise to every man and woman who puts on the uniform to fight in our name: that just as the military leaves no one behind on the battlefield, we must leave no veteran behind when they come home.
In the past five years, two million new veterans have come home, bearing the seen and unseen scars of war after more than a decade of conflict. We must remember that endless war abroad has costs here at home that we must address.
This week, House Democrats held a roundtable with veteran leaders and military service organizations as part of our ongoing efforts to discuss how we can work together to honor the sacrifice and bravery of our nation’s service members and their families, veterans, and caregivers. We heard their concerns and took action.
House Democrats have championed legislation to address systemic challenges within the VA and its medical facilities. The bill – introduced by Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick – would increase accountability and ensure our veterans have access to the health care they have earned. The Senate overwhelmingly passed the companion legislation in a strong bipartisan legislation way this week. Now it is time for the House to act. As policymakers, we cannot think incrementally about how to better serve all of our nation’s heroes – we must continue to think entrepreneurially to address the transformations we need.
I was honored to join President Obama in Normandy, France to mark the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings. As we remember the veterans of our Greatest Generation, we salute the greatness of our veterans in every generation since. Our service members have done everything asked of them – and done so with courage and excellence. Let us always be certain we are serving our veterans as well as they have served us.
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