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Issue Position: Veterans

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It is simply the duty as a nation, when we put our men and women in harm's way, to care for them when they return. Congressman Pallone supports adequate funding for veterans programs to provide the men and women that fought for our country the support they need to stay healthy, get an education and find a good job.

Improving Health Services for Veterans

Congressman Pallone supported legislation to provide historic budget increases for veterans, expand access to VA health care, improve health services for all veterans, and modernize benefits earned by America's troops.

Congressman Pallone secured a commitment from the Department of Veterans Affairs to open a new Department of Veterans Affairs Community-based Outpatient Clinic in Monmouth County following the closure of Fort Monmouth. The Tinton Falls location opened in 2011 includes a larger space to care for veterans, expanded clinical services, additional specialized support for veterans currently returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and improved accessibility.

He also supported the new Piscataway Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic. The facility is twice the size of the previous Middlesex County location and provides improved health care services for veterans.

Increasing Jobs Opportunities for Veterans

Congressman Pallone voted for the VOW to Hire Heroes Act to expand job opportunities for our veterans through tax credits for businesses that hire service members. The measure also includes additional provisions to boost hiring of veterans and provides them with the training they need to find a job in civilian life.

Expanding Education Opportunities for Veterans

Congressman Pallone supported an overhaul of the G.I. Bill, covering the cost of a college education at a public university. In the fall of 2010, nearly 300,000 veterans enrolled in college as a result of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, and billions in education benefits have been paid to veteran students.


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