Senator Chuck Grassley recently paid tribute to World War II veterans from the greater Dubuque area who were visiting the World War II Memorial. The veterans were part of the Honor Flight Program, a program dedicated to bringing World War II veterans to their memorial in Washington, D.C. A video of Grassley talking with the veterans is available on YouTube.
"The Honor Flight Program provides a much deserved trip to these brave patriots and their families," Grassley said. "It was an honor to spend time with these courageous veterans who are truly part of the greatest generation."
Grassley is working to address the ongoing and growing backlog of veterans' claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Grassley asked for additional information from the VA after learning that between 50 and 70 percent of veterans' benefits had been unjustifiably denied.
Grassley also cosponsored legislation that will ensure timely, sufficient and reliable funding for the VA healthcare system. This legislation was supported by all the major veteran's organizations as well as the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.
Grassley worked to include several provisions he supported in the Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act. The new law corrects a number of deficiencies in how the U.S. cares for veterans with PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury, enhances VA health care for support for family caregivers, and expands mental health services. Grassley received the American Legion's Distinguished Public Service Award in 2009 for his work on veteran's issues.