On Monday April 23rd, Congressman Jon Runyan (R-NJ) will be hosting a House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) hearing at 11 am, at Ocean County College, One College Drive, Arts and Community Building Auditorium Room A102, in Toms River, New Jersey. The hearing, which will also be attended by Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN), will focus on the Veteran Benefits Administration (VBA) and their compensation and pension examination process and access to benefit rating medical exams for veterans.
"Our nation's veterans have sacrificed so much to protect the United States and our freedoms and it is important that their benefits be administered in an appropriate and efficient manner," said Rep. Runyan. "During the hearing we will hear testimony from Veteran Service Officers, two local leaders in the veterans' community, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is my hope that our witnesses will share their experiences dealing with the VBA and that this hearing will bring to light areas where the VBA has been successful and areas that need more improvement."
The Veterans Benefits Administration is a section of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its main duty is to administer the VA's financial programs. These programs provide assistance to our country's veterans, their dependents, and survivors. The VBA's Compensation and Pension Service is tasked with determining the level and payment of any service-connected disability or financial need benefits to veterans, their dependents, and survivors.
Representative Runyan is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, House Veterans Affairs Committee, and the Natural Resources Committee. He also serves as the Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.