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Opening Statement of Hon. Corrine Brown, a Representative in Congress from the State of Florida (STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD)

Thank you Mr. Chairman.

I appreciate your calling this hearing today to listen the many important bills introduced this congress relating to veterans.

As I have known since I was first sworn into Congress in 1993, when I first began my service on this committee, veterans are very important to the security and defense of this country.

Under the leadership of you, Chairman Michaud, and Chairman Filner, we are taking back the leadership of veterans issues to this committee.  It is important for the Veterans Committee to be the conduit for the veterans of this country to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Thank you again for holding this hearing and look forward to hearing the testimony of the witnesses.