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Dec 20, 2012


The holidays are upon us, and for many Americans it is a time of great joy. The opportunity at Christmas and New Year’s to be with those closest to us always reminds us of the great many gifts we have been given, for which we are grateful...

Dec 7, 2012


Homefront Heroes—an internet TV show—profiles the lives of wounded warriors and their families as they adjust to life after combat.

Nov 9, 2012

Veterans Day 2012

I often wonder if we do enough to honor our veterans. These are, after all, the men and women who, at great peril to themselves, put on the uniform of our country and defend all that it stands for...

Sep 11, 2012

Trevor A. Blumberg

Yesterday, I read a disturbing article. It was disturbing not because it recounted the horrific images of 11 years ago, but because it said that Americans have “grown numb” to the wars and the lives lost ...

Aug 9, 2012

Committee to Hold Hearings, Townhalls Throughout August

This week, the President signed into law my bill, H.R. 1627, The Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012...

Jul 26, 2012

VA Subject to Cuts Under Sequestration

This week, the Committee finally received a small, but long overdue, clarification on sequestration and VA. According to Secretary Shinseki, VA will be subject to administrative cuts under a sequester...

Jul 3, 2012

Happy Fourth of July from the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Much like the Constitution is not just a piece of paper or the flag a piece of a cloth—the Fourth of July is not just another day of the year.

Jun 22, 2012

Reforming VA's Fiduciary Program

The original intent of the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program was to give unemployed veterans the chance to acquire the skills needed to become more competitive in the work force. The majority of the feedback I have received has been encouraging...

Jun 8, 2012

Vets Legislation Heads to Senate

The major provision of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act is now being implemented by the departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs. Designed to aid veterans, ages 35-60, who have found themselves in the prime of their lives, unemployed, the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) will provide these veterans with up to one year of Montgomery GI Bill benefits to retrain for jobs in high-demand fields...

May 25, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

We are blessed in this country to have so many who step forward to wear our nation’s uniform. There are no harder working or dedicated people on earth than our Armed Forces and veterans. Our fellow citizens have stood up for more than two centuries to defend the principles we hold most dear...