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  • Ranking Member Burr's Opening Statement for "Mental Health and Suicide Among Veterans" Hearing

    Good morning, Mr. Chairman, and thank you for holding this important hearing. Thank you to our witnesses today. Your insights into VA mental health programs will be tremendously helpful to the Committee. I would particularly like to welcome Sue Selke and Valerie Pallotta. Thank you for your willingness to share your sons' tragic experiences with us, which are no doubt painful to recount. Also, welcome to Vincent and Jona Vanata. Thank you for sharing your story with the Committee, which I'm sur...

  • Senators Burr, McCain, Blumenthal, Blunt, Murkowski and Manchin Introduce The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act

    U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), John McCain (R-AZ), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, legislation that offers several critical measures that would improve mental health care and suicide prevention resources for American service members. The bill would require a third-party evaluation of existing suicide prevention programs at the Department of Defense (DoD) and...

  • Regulations for Camp Lejeune Veterans and Families Approved

    Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced the publication of final regulations that will implement the "Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012," the landmark law authored by Senator Richard Burr that ensures health care for Camp Lejeune contamination victims. Two publications are being released -- one to address the care of veterans affected by the contaminated water at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and the second to reimburse the expenses r...

  • Burr, Boxer Praise Unanimous Senate Passage of Resolution Honoring Auxiliaries of Veterans Service Organizations

    U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), co-chairs of the Senate Military Family Caucus,  praised the unanimous Senate passage of a resolution recognizing the patriotism and contributions of veterans service organizations' (VSO) women's auxiliaries. "Auxiliaries, made up of generations of women, are the heart of our nation's quiet but devoted network that provide support to veterans and they should be recognized for their hard work and sacrifices," said Senator Richar...

  • Ranking Member Burr's Opening Statement for 'State of VA Health Care' Hearing

    Good morning, Mr. Chairman. I would like to welcome and thank Secretary McDonald and Acting Inspector General Griffin for being here.  Today, the Committee is holding another hearing on the "State of VA Healthcare" specifically focusing on the final IG report, released last month, on the problems found at the Phoenix Healthcare System. Since our last hearing on the “State of VA Healthcare,” Congress has moved forward on historic legislation that will improve access to healthca...

  • Ranking Member Burr Releases Statement on VA Reform Legislation

    Today,  U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the U.S.Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 3230, the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014.  H.R. 3230 passed the Senate on a vote of 91-3. "I am pleased that both the House and Senate came together and voted on this crucial piece of legislation that will help begin to address some of the problems faced by the Department of Veterans Af...

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