New Veterans in Congress to Join Committee
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs announced two new Members to its roster with the addition of Reps. Mark Amodei (NV-02) and Bob Turner (NY-09), both veterans of the U.S. Army.
“I am pleased that Rep. Amodei and Rep. Turner have joined the Committee to represent America’s veterans,” stated Rep. Jeff Miller (FL-01), Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “As veterans themselves, I know they will be advocates for the best care and programs and will provide the Committee with valuable insight based on their experiences in uniform.”
Rep. Amodei was a prosecutor for the Judge Advocate General Corps in the Army, handling criminal matters from 1984-1987.
“As the father of a Gulf War veteran and someone who spent four years on active duty in the United States Army, I am thrilled to be given a chance to serve Nevada’s veterans on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs,” said Rep. Mark Amodei.
Rep. Turner was a Specialist in the Army from 1962-1965. He was stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana.
“As a veteran myself, I will respect our government’s sacred duty to treat all veterans of the United States Armed Forces with dignity and respect in light of their shared sacrifices in the name of our liberty and freedom,” said Rep. Bob Turner. “I am honored to have been asked to serve on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and I look forward to working with Chairman Jeff Miller and my fellow Committee members to ensure that these honorable individuals are protected.”
“With the addition of Reps. Amodei and Turner, the Committee is full,” said Miller. “We are working on many important issues right now that will directly impact the lives of our veterans for the better, such as helping unemployed veterans find work and turning the corner on the disability claims backlog. Having Mark and Bob on our team adds to our chorus of voices to protect those who have served our great nation.”
The new Members will join the Committee at the next Full Committee hearing on October 12, 2011.