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Submission For The Record of Honorable Jackie Walorski

Mr. Chairman and Ranking Member, it’s an honor to serve on this committee.

I would like to thank you for holding this hearing, and I would also like to thank the Secretary and the veteran organizations appearing before the committee today.

Yesterday, the President unveiled his Fiscal Year 2014 Budget. The Budget highlights issues this committee has tirelessly advocated to improve.

This being said, Mr. Chairman, I agree that increased funding must produce greater access to quality care. The Department of Veterans Affairs has greatly improved the services it provides, but there is still much more work to be done.

We owe it to these men and women who have served and their families to ensure they are receiving treatment that thoroughly addresses their individual and unique needs.

 I look forward to working with my colleagues and our panelists, today, to ensure the funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs will be used to increase access for care and improve services.  

Thank you.