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  • Sanders Welcomes DAV Report on Women Veterans

    BURLINGTON, Vt., - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today after the Disabled American Veterans released a report on the needs of women veterans: "The Disabled American Veterans report provides critical information to ensure that we meet the needs of the fastest-growing group of veterans in America. As women play an increasingly critical role in our military operations, we have an obligation to honor their service and sacrifice whe...

  • Chairman Bernie Sanders Opening Statement

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today issued the following statement at a hearing on the state of VA health care. "Today we will be discussing some of the very serious issues facing the Department of Veterans Affairs on the heels of the inspector general’s findings relating to long wait times and poor patient care at the Phoenix VA. The IG’s report provides trouble details about a facility that failed to meet our nation’...

  • Sanders Tells American Legion More Must be Done for Veterans

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 27 - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told the American Legion convention here today that a new law to improve health care for veterans is a step forward but "there is more work to be done." At the Legion’s national convention, National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger presented Sanders the prestigious Patriot Award for his role crafting the legislation to improve access to timely, quality health care for veterans and to reform the Depa...

  • Chairman Sanders Statement on Phoenix VA Investigation

    BURLINGTON, Vt., Aug. 26 - Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today issued the following statement on an inspector general’s investigation into long wait times and attempts to cover up care delays at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix: "The report by the inspector general on the Phoenix VA provides troubling details about a hospital that failed to meet our nation’s obligation to provide timely, quality health care to veterans. What...

  • President Obama Signs VA Bill

    FORT BELVOIR, Va., Aug. 7 - U.S. Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today as President Barack Obama signs legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs: "In a dysfunctional Congress, I’m glad we accomplished something significant for veterans. This legislation will go a long way toward ending unacceptably long waiting times for veterans to access health care and allow the VA the resources to hire the doctors, nurses...

  • Senate Passes Veterans Health Care Bill

    WASHINGTON, July 31 - The Senate tonight approved and sent to President Barack Obama a bill to improve access to health care for veterans and reform the Department of Veterans Affairs. Crafted by the Senate and House Veterans' Affairs Committee chairmen – Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) – the $16.3 billion bill passed the Senate by a vote of 91-3. The House of Representatives voted 420-5 on Wednesday to approve the same measure. "This bill keeps our commitment to t...

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