Holt Hears From New Jersey Veterans
In the wake of the recent scandal involving inadequate care for injured soldiers and bureaucratic problems at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) today held a roundtable meeting with Central New Jersey veterans to discuss the state of care for veterans in New Jersey and to solicit feedback on public policy issues affecting veterans.
"This nation owes its veterans a debt of gratitude for their service on our behalf," said Rep. Rush Holt. "It is our responsibility in the federal government to ensure that they are able to access high-quality healthcare, receive fair compensation for service-connected disabilities, and benefit from assistance in finding employment after leaving the military."
The roundtable meeting was held at the Old Bridge VFW Post 9468 and it was attended by twenty veterans from Middlesex County, including Post Commander Alfred Freed. The veterans represented various organizations including Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Monroe Veterans Council, Ukrainian-American Veterans, Family Readiness Council, and the American Legion.
Topics at the roundtable meeting included veterans' healthcare, disability benefits, federal funding for veterans' programs, and veterans' employment programs including Rep. Holt's legislation passed by the House of Representatives designating a "Hire a Veteran Week" to encourage employers to consider veterans to fill job vacancies. Rep. Holt also discussed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and solicited feedback about the quality of and access to care at key military transitional and VA facilities.