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The American Legion Presents Legislative Agenda to Joint Hearing of House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees

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Location: Washington, DC

The American Legion Presents Legislative Agenda to Joint Hearing of House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees

Kristal DeKleer (202) 225-9756

Washington, D.C. - Bob Filner (D-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, held a joint hearing to receive the legislative presentation of The American Legion.

"Joint hearings are a long tradition of the Veterans' Affairs Committees and I am pleased to be able to continue this tradition which stopped under the Republican majority," said Chairman Filner. "The information provided by The American Legion on behalf of its 2.7 million members is important as the committee addresses the pressing needs of all of our nation's veterans."

National Commander Martin F. "Marty" Conatser briefed the committee on the importance of timely access to quality health care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. "With young American servicemembers continuing to answer the nation's call to arms in every corner of the globe, we must now, more than ever, work together to honor their service and sacrifices," testified Commander Conatser. "Whether it be VA health care, the disability claims process, or finding a job, VA must be funded at levels that will ensure all veterans receive quality service in a timely manner."

Director Steve Robertson and Chairman Jimmie Foster of the National Legislative Commission and Chairman K. Robert Lewis and Director Peter Gaytan of the National Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission joined National Commander Conatser in detailing the legislative priorities of the veterans' service organization.

"I offer my congratulations to the newly elected National Commander and to all of the incoming National Officers, and I look forward to working with you," said Chairman Filner. "New faces will no doubt result in new energy, and I am certain that the strong traditions of The American Legion will continue. I also wish to thank each and every Legionnaire for their commitment to God and Country which has not faltered over the 88 years of this organization."

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