Throughout our nation's history, the men and women of our Armed Forces have answered the call to protect America. Our veterans and their families have my profound appreciation for the sacrifices they have made for our country.
As the daughter of two World War II veterans, I will always work to preserve the freedoms that our veterans risked their lives to defend. I will also work to honor our country's commitment to ensure that veterans receive the care and support they have earned. That's why I've introduced legislation to preserve our local VA campuses, Montrose and Castle Point, to serve exclusively the needs of our veterans.
I'm honored to work side-by-side with Denis Castelli, a distinguished Vietnam veteran and our Veterans Advocate, focusing on outreach and constituent services.
We have also formed a Veterans Advisory Committee to keep us informed of our veterans' needs and of opportunities to serve them better. If you would like to speak with Denis or with the Committee about veterans' issues, please call our district offices at (845) 206-4600.
As we observe this Veterans Day, 2011, please take a moment to thank our veterans for all they have done to defend our nation and protect our most fundamental right to be free.
Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, M.D.
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SERVING THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED US
HUDSON VALLEY VA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM CAMPUS PROTECTION ACT
I introduced H.R. 2642 to prevent the lease or disposal of facilities at the Montrose and Castle Point VA campuses for private development. We cannot afford to cut important services for veterans and we will work to see that the best care continues to be provided in the Hudson Valley.
THE VETERANS OPPORTUNITY TO WORK ACT OF 2011
With over one million veterans out of work, H.R. 2433 will help our veterans get meaningful jobs. I joined a strong majority in the House of Representatives to pass this important legislation, which will help provide our veterans with the training necessary to compete in the 21st-century jobs marketplace.
ESTABLISHING A SELECT COMMITTEE ON POW AND MIA AFFAIRS
I am a co-sponsor of H. Res. 111, which establishes a committee to conduct full investigation of all unresolved matters related to any unaccounted U.S. personnel from the Vietnam era, the Korean conflict, World War II, Cold War Missions, the Persian Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom.
MEMORIALIZE OUR GUARDSMEN AND RESERVISTS ACT
Men and women in the National Guard and Reserves who do not serve on active duty are not currently eligible for a government memorial headstone or marker for their gravesite. I introduced H.R. 2305 to correct this inequity by making available for purchase, through the Department of Veterans Affairs, headstones or markers for those who stood ready but were not called to active duty.
THE COLD WAR SERVICE MEDAL ACT
I am a co-sponsor of H.R. 1968, which authorizes the creation of a Cold War Service Medal. This would be awarded to members of the Armed Forces who served our nation honorably during the Cold War.