Washington, DC—Senators Patty Murray and Bernie Sanders, Members of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, held a press conference call Tuesday to discuss what Democrats are doing to help our veterans. Ahead of Wednesday’s VA Committee hearing on the nomination of Gen. James Peake to be VA Secretary, the Senators highlighted what Democrats have done in leading the fight to ensure our veterans receive the care they deserve as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have stretched our VA increasingly thin.
Democrats are working to provide the largest increase in funding for our veterans in history, including improving conditions at veterans’ military facilities like Walter Reed, safeguarding veterans’ personal data, supporting employment and training programs so veterans can find good-paying jobs, and funding research for illnesses like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.
“No matter how Americans feel about the war, they want to provide for our veterans and their families,” Murray said. “Democrats have worked hard to improve care and funding for our veterans and wounded warriors, but we need a dedicated partner at the VA. The problems at the VA are huge, and lives are at stake. I hope General Peake’s the guy for the job, because this Administration has failed to plan and failed to be honest and we simply can’t waste any more time when it comes to getting this right.”
Said Sanders: “Congress is finally making great strides in the effort to keep faith with our veterans. All across the country there are veterans and their families who, as a result of their service to the nation, are experiencing health problems or financial problems. As a nation, we owe it to them to provide them the health care and benefits they have earned.”