Honoring those who served
Today we rightly honor the service and sacrifices of our nation’s veterans. I am grateful for all that these men and women have done to keep our country safe and secure. We must do everything we can to honor their heroism.
This year we marked the 70th anniversary of our troops storming the beaches at Normandy and their hard-fought victory for human kind. In June I had the great honor of joining several New Yorkers, who were veterans of that conflict, for the 70th anniversary observances at Omaha Beach and Sword Beach. It was an awe-inspiring experience and an opportunity to renew our commitment to our nation’s veterans.
Shortly after returning home, I joined with New York Veterans and the families of the fallen. They told stories of friends and loved ones who did not return home. They also called attention to the ongoing problems at the Veterans Administration.
There is no excuse for the utter mismanagement and unacceptable bureaucracy that have caused financial pain, health problems and in some cases the loss of life of veterans. Fixing these major problems as quickly as possible is a top priority for me.
That is why I recently voted for major reforms at the VA which included a comprehensive assessment of the VA scheduling system, expedited hiring of medical professionals to fix staffing shortages and allowing veterans to get care from outside providers if they are unable to receive a timely appointment from the VA.
I am also proud to have helped pass a bill to address the claims backlog, but I also recognize that our fight isn’t over.
Congress has an essential role to play in overseeing efforts to reform the VA. And back home, my local district office is working every day to help our veterans.
I have a dedicated staff member in my New York office to handle requests for help from veterans.
If you or someone you know needs help in accessing Veterans benefits, I urge you to call my office today.
I am the daughter, widow, and sister of veterans. I’ve heard their stories of sacrifice and commitment.
Today, many of our men and women in uniform are still deployed and in harm's way. The need for health care, housing, education and job training benefits is continuing to grow. I am committed to ensuring that the men and women who put on the uniform are rightly served when they return home.
Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if we can be of any assistance to you.
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney