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E-Newsletter 6/18/12


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Touring Leavenworth VA Hospital with US VA Secretary Shinseki
On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to tour the Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center in Leavenworth with U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki who was visiting the Kansas City area.

During the visit we were briefed on the latest additions and construction at the Hospital. Over the past year the Eisenhower Medical Center has been in the process of adding over 400 people to staff The Central Plains Consolidated Patient Account Center (CPAC) which has been a recent addition to the campus. CPAC is located in the historic "Mess Hall" which has been newly renovated.

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Veterans Affairs Medical Center opened in 1884. Originally, the Medical Center operated as a Home under the National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. In 1930, the facility was consolidated and the mission transitioned to coordinating government activities affecting war veterans. Along with a handful of other field stations across the country, the Medical Center merged into a new federal government agency known as the Veterans Administration. The new agency placed additional focus on hospital facilities which led to the construction of a new hospital which began in 1930 and was complete in 1933.

Today the Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center has a 38-bed hospital, a 40-bed nursing home, a 202-bed domiciliary, and has over 100,000 outpatient visits a year. There are about 735 employees at Leavenworth.

It was great pleasure to view the continued development at the Leavenworth VA Medical Center. Secretary Shinseki and I were able to see firsthand the commitment the staff and the community has to our nation's veterans. Their commitment to care for and serve our nation's soldiers is an inspiring example for all.

Visiting Fort Riley to Attend Victory Park Ceremony
I have the honor and privilege of representing Fort Riley, home of the Big Red One. On Wednesday morning I attended the Fort Riley Victory Park Ceremony at the Fallen Soldier Memorial.

The Victory Park Ceremony is the continuance of a service which began when the Big Red One was stationed in Germany. The ceremony honors fallen soldiers who have passed way during their service to our nation. Each year, fallen soldiers names are added to the Fallen Soldier Memorial at Fort Riley. This year 43 individuals were honored for giving the ultimate sacrifice.

With respect and gratitude we are thankful for their service and celebrate the commitment of our Armed Services which provides security to Americans and freedom loving people across the world.

Congress to Kansas Tour Continues
This week was a district work week, which allowed me to travel Eastern Kansas visiting with folks about the issues most important to them and touring some amazing Kansas businesses.

On Thursday, I traveled to Paola and held a Congress to Kansas event at the Miami County Administration Building. I listened to concerns constituents had about a number of issues facing Kansas and our country. We had a great discussion about tax policy, the effects of federal regulations, the growth in federal spending and the adverse effects it has on our nation's soaring debt and deficits.

On Friday I made two stops on my Congress to Kansas Tour. Our first stop was in Osage City at the City Council Chambers where we discussed the opportunity we have to put policies in place to curtail our nation's growing debt and deficits.

I wrapped up the day's public events with a stop at the Holiday Inn in Topeka, where I had a chance to meet face to face with constituents regarding tax policies that will help grow our economy, as well as their concerns about campaign finance reform.

I enjoy these district work weeks because they give me a chance to hear what Kansans are most concerned about. I want to thank all the folks who came out to my events this week. I heard a lot of good feedback and will be sure to take your ideas as well as your concerns back to Washington.

Celebrating United States Army's 237th Birthday
I would like to extend a happy 237th birthday greeting to the United States Army. Your long and storied tradition has been a cornerstone in the foundation of our great nation. Thank you to all who have served and are serving in the United State Army. Here's a video I made to celebrate the occasion.

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