Today, Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, issued the following statement on his bill, The Honoring America's Veterans and Caring Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 (H.R. 1627), being signed into law:
"Today, our government took action and corrected the injustice of ignoring the health and wellbeing of Camp Lejeune Marines and their families. After more than a decade of fighting for healthcare, these families will finally have access to the care they rightly deserve and desperately need through the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012. I want to especially thank Jerry Ensminger for never giving up hope that we would come together and do what is right.
"This new law also represents nearly two years worth of work by Congress to ensure that America's veterans receive the healthcare, benefits, and services promised to them. I would like to thank all the Members of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees for their bipartisan work to make this law a reality.
"There is still more we need to do, however, on behalf of veterans, their families, and survivors. Too many veterans are stuck in the disability claims backlog, a system long overdue for reform; veterans suffering from the invisible wounds of war are waiting too long for treatment through VA; hundreds of thousands of veterans are still standing in unemployment lines; and the specter of sequestration still looms over the heads of our veterans.
"It is my hope that Congress and the President will continue to work across party lines to transform the Department of Veterans Affairs for the 21st Century and ensure world-class care and benefits for America's veterans."