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Opening Statement of Hon. Russ Carnahan, a Representative in Congress from the State of Missouri

Chairman Miller, Chairman Murray, Ranking Member Filner and Burr, thank you for hosting this hearing to discuss the legislative priorities of the Disabled Veterans of America.

As a country our greatest responsibility is to make sure that our service members and veterans have access to best benefits and care because the sacrifices they have made for the safety of our country are immeasurable.  

Unfortunately, many of our service members return home from war severely disabled or with significant injuries.  Just last year, I was honored to meet a  high spirited 26 year old wounded warrior from my district who lost not only his arms but both his legs while leading a command on foot patrol in Afghanistan.  This young man will definitely need the assistance of organizations and advocates like Disabled American Veterans to help him take full advantage of the programs available to him in order to ensure that the he receives the best care, benefit and rehabilitation available and that he rightfully deserves.  

I am pleased to know that in 91 years of service, the DAV have not wavered from their mission to build better lives for America’s disabled veterans and their families through professional assistance, representation and advocacy.   Commander Tyson, I look forward to hearing your presentation and working in partnership with your organization to ensure that our veterans and their families continue to have access to resources that were set aside for them because of the selfless sacrifices they make each and every day on behalf of this great Nation.