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[similar text, two versions: pre-06.Sep'12 and 06.Sep'12]

I have strongly supported Veterans of the 4th District

v.06.Sep'12]
since I was first elected to serve as U.S. Representative. Veterans have given so much to our country, and as a veteran myself, I understand the importance of supporting the men and women in the armed services. To that end, I am pleased to report that I supported, and the House has approved, the following bills in support of veterans:

H.R. 23:Belated Thank You to the Merchant Marines of World War II - Establishes the Merchant Mariner Equity Compensation Fund for payments of $1,000 to each documented member of the U.S. Merchant Marine serving as a crewmember in World War II.

H.R. 403:Homes for Heroes Act of 2009 - Establishes a Special Assistant for Veterans Affairs, who will work to ensure that veterans have access to HUD housing and homeless assistance programs, and coordinate all HUD programs and activities relating to veterans.

H.R. 466:Wounded Veteran Job Security Act - Entitles veterans who miss work due to treatment for a service-connected disability to be retained by the veteran's employer, maintain seniority and other rights and benefits, and be considered on furlough or leave of absence during such treatment.

H.R. 1016: Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act- Authorizes funding, and requires a study of the accuracy of budget projections made by the Enrollee Health Care Projection Model.

[v.pre-06.Sep'12]
ever since I set foot in Washington. We have an obligation to our brave men and women who serve, and they deserve nothing but the best care when they return home. In our 12 years in the majority, House Republicans wrote budgets that boosted funding for veterans' medical care by nearly 90 percent. The VA leads the health care industry in computerized records, patient safety and standards for high-quality care, but recent revelations at Walter Reed Hospital and others demonstrated that we must be ever vigilant, while checking the authenticity of the revelations. Walter Reed has served our veterans long and well.

However, in response to reports of substandard conditions at an outpatient facility at Walter Reed, the House has recently passed the Wounded Warriors Assistance Act of 2007, which improves the management of medical care, personnel actions, and quality of life issues for members of the Armed Services. This is a good first step to reaffirming our commitment to provide quality care to those who have served our country bravely.


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