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Opening Statement of Hon. Ginny Brown-Waite, a Representative in Congress from the State of Florida

Thank you Mr. Chairman,

I appreciate all of the witnesses, and I especially would like to thank all the healthcare professionals present here today.  Your involvement and expertise helps this Committee ensure we are meeting the healthcare needs of the men and women that have so bravely served their country in the Armed Forces.

The men and women of our military not only face grave physical danger while on the battlefield but in some cases experience life altering traumatic events that effect their ability to lead a normal life when they come home. Today’s hearing draws attention to a report by the Institute of Medicine on how the VA handles claims of post traumatic stress disorder. Post traumatic stress disorder is a serious medical condition and our veterans should receive the care they need to live a healthy and productive life.

Once again, I welcome you to the hearing and look forward to hearing your thoughts on the issue before us today.