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Opening Statement of Hon. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, a Representative in Congress from the State of South Dakota

Thank you Mr. Chairman for holding this hearing today to examine the final report of the Veterans’ Disability Benefits Committee. 

As the Chairwoman of the Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, which maintains jurisdiction over veterans’ employment, re-employment, and housing matters, among other topics, I am very interested in exploring the recommendations of the Commission regarding Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) and specially adaptive housing.

The men and women in uniform who defend this country and make our economic and political systems possible, indeed, have earned our best efforts to provide them with adequate benefits to help them transition from life in the military to the civilian world.

We can and must do better.  Congress must work harder to ensure that our nation’s servicemembers, who each day endure the cost of freedom, receive the care they have earned and deserve. 

I look forward to hearing from Mr. Scott and to closely examining the Commission’s findings and recommendations.

Thank you again Mr. Chairman.