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

 

Thank you Mr. Chairman.

Senator Dole and Secretary Shalala, I want to thank you for testifying before this Committee today.  I would like to commend you for your work on The President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors.  When we send the brave men and women of our armed forces into battle, we better make sure they have everything they need when they come home.

Your recommendations suggest the need in some instances to make sweeping changes to the way the Department of Veterans Affairs conducts its business. I will be interested in hearing exactly how you think these recommendations can be implemented

I was pleased to see the recognition you gave to the importance of addressing post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries in our returning soldiers. This along with strengthening the support for their families will go a long way to help soldiers transition back to life as a civilian. 

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