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

 

Thank you Mr. Chairman,

Secretary Nicholson, I want to thank you for testifying before this Committee today.  During your tenure as Secretary, the Department of Veterans Affairs has seen its share of controversy and successes.  While I am eager to hear your assessment of your time at the VA, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your service to our country.

Under your leadership, the Department of Veterans Affairs has seen great improvements in the way we treat our veterans returning home from the battlefield. Today, the VA has in place programs that help guide veterans through the maze of benefits and regulations they are confronted with when they are discharged.  There is also more emphasis placed on veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.  The effects of this disorder should not be underestimated, and I am encouraged at the steps that are being taken to improve the way we treat the men and women suffering with this disorder. 

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