Congress is back session, but the Committee was hard at work during our district work week. Rep. Jeff Denham, a member of the Committee, held a field hearing in Modesto, California, to discuss the role of Vet Centers within the VA system and reaching out to OIF/OEF veterans, while I had the privilege to visit with our troops in Afghanistan. Back here in Washington, we held a Full Committee hearing this week on VA's ever-growing backlog of disability claims. It is imperative that we place the veteran and his or her needs at the center of our efforts to improve the system. To have 900,000 veterans waiting on their claims to be adjudicated is unacceptable. --Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.