U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has been chosen to receive a Congressional Leadership Award from the Disabled American Veterans.
"Your personal efforts led to important increases in funding for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment, Gulf War Illness research and adaptive housing grants for seriously disabled veterans," said Larry Polzin, the DAV national commander. "When veterans have needed your support, you have always stood up for them."
Sanders is the only senator and one of only two members of Congress given the Congressional Leadership Awards this year. The other is Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.).
"I am honored to receive this award from the men and women of the Disabled American Veterans," said Sanders. "As a nation we have a shared responsibility to make sure that those who have been injured as a result of their service receive the highest quality health care, housing and other benefits they deserve. There simply is no excuse for providing anything less."
Sanders is a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs committee and has led the effort to support and expand Vermont's Community-Based Outpatient Clinics.