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  • Chairman Sanders Statement on VA Patient Satisfaction

    BURLINGTON, Vt., April 16 - U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today issued the following statement after the American Customer Satisfaction Index reported that veterans ranked VA hospitals among the best in the nation with equal or better ratings than private hospitals: "I visit VA medical centers all over the country and the patients I meet routinely tell me how pleased they are with the quality of care they receive. The results from the 2013 American C...

  • Sanders Welcomes Progress on VA Backlog

    WASHINGTON, April 1- Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today welcomed significant progress by the Department of Veterans Affairs in reducing a disability claims backlog. The VA announced today that its current backlog of claims pending more than 125 days is at its lowest point in three years. The backlog was reduced from 611,000 one year ago to 344,000 claims pending today, a 44 percent reduction. The VA also said the accuracy of the decisions on disability c...

  • Chairman Sanders Vows to Continue Fight for Veterans

    Welcomes VA Action on Job Training WASHINGTON, March 5 - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today pledged to continue fighting for passage of a comprehensive  veterans bill that includes a provision to extend a successful job-training program due to expire at the end of March. In a short-term reprieve, the White House today announced a three-month extension of the program so veterans already enrolled in classes can complete spring semester courses. "This ...

  • Sanders Welcomes White House VA Budget Proposal

    WASHINGTON, March 4 - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today on President Barack Obama’s budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs: "The president’s budget reflects a continued commitment to ensuring that veterans receive the care and benefits they deserve. It would provide the resources necessary to seriously combat veterans’ homelessness.  And it would continue to provide increased funding to eliminat...

  • Comprehensive Veterans Bill Clears Senate Hurdle

    Sanders Calls Effort to Inject Iran Sanctions 'Disrespectful' WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 - The Senate today cleared a major hurdle for consideration of legislation expanding health care, education, employment and other benefits for veterans. The 99-0 vote clears the way for a Senate debate on the bill by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. "We have made progress but we still have a long way to go if we are to keep faith with those who have put th...

  • Chairman Sanders Statement on Military Retiree COLAs

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today after the Senate voted 95 – 3 for a House-passed bill to restore cost-of-living pension increases for younger military retirees: "This bill is a step forward but it doesn’t go as far as it should. The legislation restores the COLA for current retirees and members of the armed forces but keeps the cut in place for those who have recently joined the military or...

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