Says veterans made great sacrifices to protect our freedoms
Posted on November 11, 2015
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2015 – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement honoring our nation’s veterans ahead of Veterans Day observances and pointed to a number of important steps Congress has taken to support veterans.
“We cannot thank enough those courageous men and women who have volunteered to wear the uniform of our Armed Services. Their dedication has protected our ways of life and freedoms for generations of Americans. I thank our veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.” Alexander said.
Below are some of the steps Congress has taken to aid veterans and their families so far this year:
- Passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, which includes $50.7 billion for medical services for veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Passed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, to help reduce military and veteran suicide and improve access to quality mental health care.
- Passed legislation to allow more veterans to qualify to receive health care in their communities through the Veterans Choice Program. Congress increased the number of non-VA health care providers eligible for the program, and extended the length of time veterans can receive care in their community beyond 60 days to allow veterans to continue treatments that can span many months.
- Passed the Veterans Identification Card Act of 2015, which allows veterans to more easily provide documentation of their military service.
- Congress approved completion of the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Denver, Colo., in a fiscally responsible way that allows the Department of Veterans Affairs to use existing appropriations to complete construction.
- The Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs is working on legislation to increase accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs, including legislation to expedite removal or demotion of delinquent or underperforming VA employees (S. 1082) and to prevent the Department from awarding bonuses to employees found to have committed misconduct (S. 627).
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For access to this release and the senator’s other statements, click here.