Congressman Bob Turner (NY-09) participated in a roundtable discussion in Manhattan today aimed at better understanding veterans' issues and how to approach them.
"Our veterans deserve as many resources as we can possibly provide them. Whether it is a new veteran returning home who needs help transitioning back into civilian life through job training and placement or an aging veteran struggling with their medical benefits, we must ensure they have access to what they need," Turner said. "This open and frank discussion brought together people with a wide variety of expertise who are committed to assessing, understanding, and resolving the issues facing our veterans, and I couldn't be prouder to have participated."
Turner, a member of the House Committee on veterans' Affairs and a veteran himself, participated in the roundtable along with some of his fellow veterans and government agency representatives -- including representatives from the Veterans Administration, and various non-profit, philanthropic, and private organizations.
"By bringing together members from different agencies and government offices to hear the same firsthand accounts of the issues, we can hopefully pinpoint certain procedural obstructions or potential veterans' issue that currently have no proper outlet or process," Turner said. "Too often we let the process swallow up our veterans and their issues rather than coming together to attack the problem as a whole. I would like to thank all of the agencies and organizations for coming together to participate in this event and for their commitment to helping our veterans."
Since taking office in September, Congressman Turner has taken an active role in advocating on behalf of veterans. He has supported numerous pieces of veterans' legislation, including the VOW to Hire Heroes Act which aids veterans in finding employment as well as the Protect VA Healthcare Act to ensure that all veteran programs are exempt from sequestration. He has also helped organize and promote numerous veterans' jobs events and has helped many other veterans receive benefits and military awards entitled to them. Congressman Turner remains active and dedicated to working hard to serve those whose sacrifice has helped keep America safe and strong.
Congressman Bob Turner represents New York's 9th Congressional district and serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and House Committee on Homeland Security.