Since 2007, the Democratic-led Congress has made our veterans a priority by increasing the budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs to a level that was even higher than what was asked for by leading veterans groups. This increase will help the VA hire more doctors and nurses, fund prosthetic research, and reduce waiting times for appointments at VA medical centers across the country, including our center in Providence. I also supported legislation that helps fund research and develop programs for veterans suffering from Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.
I am also proud to be part of a Congress that
established a G.I. Bill for the 21st Century. Starting in August 2009, veterans returning from the Global War on
Terrorism will be eligible for a four-year college scholarship. This legislation will give our returning
servicemembers the tools they need to succeed. In addition, this bill will help veterans find new job
opportunities in a changing economy, just as the original G.I. bill helped a generation of veterans find new jobs
after World War II.
In the coming years, I know we will face increasing challenges as our servicemembers return from Iraq and Afghanistan. After the sacrifices made by these brave men and women, it is important that we continue to deliver on our promises to our nation's veterans.
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