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Improving Transparency of Education Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2012

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. MICHAUD. I want to thank the gentleman for his strong support for veterans over the years and look forward to continuing to work with him through the rest of this Congress.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today as a cosponsor and a strong supporter of this bill. Each section of it makes important changes that will improve the care and services we provide our veterans. I'm especially proud that it creates a comprehensive educational outreach policy, recognizes that military service meets the standards of many civilian job certifications, and that it establishes an open burn pit registry.

All three of these provisions are the result of the hard work of veterans and their advocates. I had many meetings with veterans who not only identified these issues, but they also provided solutions for the issues as well.

In my time of serving on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, I've always appreciated that it's one of the places in Congress where bipartisan efforts are working and things do get done. I'm pleased this is the tradition in this particular bill as well.

I want to thank all of my colleagues on the Veterans Affairs' Committee, Chairman Miller of the full committee, Chairwoman BUERKLE of the Health Subcommittee, and Tim Walz, who has also been a true advocate of veterans' issues, and I thank him for his service as well for this great Nation of ours.

I would encourage my colleagues to support H.R. 4057.

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