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This week I attended a Veterans Pinning Ceremony held at the Commonwealth Senior Living at Farnham (CSL) in Richmond County, where I was able to publicly acknowledge the service and sacrifice of several local Veterans. CSL just received its charter as a new American Legion Post. I also met with the Potomac Chapter of the Military Officers Association or America (MOAA) in Colonial Beach. MOAA is the nation’s largest association of military officers with members from every branch of service.
At both meetings we discussed the urgent need to take care of our veterans and make sure they can access the health care services and treatment they need to live productive, successful lives. Our Veterans made great sacrifices for us on the battlefield and we owe them a debt of gratitude for that service. I am committed to ensuring our veterans can access the benefits they've earned through their service to a grateful nation.
Last month the House and Senate unanimously passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus Transparency Act, which appropriated $2 billion to the VA in order to continue to fund the Veterans Choice Program, which allows certain Veterans to seek medical care outside of the VA system. This legislation included provisions authorizing 28 VA medical facility leases, including two facilities in Virginia - one in Fredericksburg and one in Hampton Roads. I am especially pleased that my colleagues and I authorized two critical VA medical facilities in Virginia, which will improve access to care for our Veterans in the Commonwealth.
I hope you will contact me any time an issue that concerns you is before Congress, especially if it involves supporting our veterans and our national defense.
It's an honor to serve you and Virginia's First District in the People's House.