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  • Senator Burr Introduces Resolution Honoring Gold Star Wives

    Yesterday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) introduced a resolution to designate April 5, 2014 as "Gold Star Wives Day." This day provides an opportunity to honor the members of Gold Star Wives of America, a volunteer organization that has assisted widows and survivors of fallen military members since it was founded in 1945, and thank them for their untiring efforts and support. “Gold Star Wives are the best of what America has to offer -- out of love and duty to their countr...

  • Coats Bill to Protect Integrity of National Cemeteries Clears the Senate

    Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) today praised the Senate's passage of the Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act, (S.1471), legislation he introduced that would give the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Department of the Army the authority to disinter veterans buried in national cemeteries who have committed a Federal or State capital crime. The bill passed the Senate unanimously on Monday evening. "I truly wish the events that prompted the need for this legislati...

  • Senator Burr's Statement on Veterans Day

    Veterans Day is a time when we look back and reflect on the service and sacrifice of our nation's service-members and veterans. These individuals selflessly give of themselves to defend our freedoms, and we are constantly humbled by their strength and courage. While we may never repay the debt borne by those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, we must never waiver in our commitment to honor their memory by caring for those who continue the fight. Those who have returned from war are forever change...

  • Senator Burr Commends the Passage of the Helping Homeless Veterans Act of 2013

    Last night, the United States Senate passed S. 287, the Helping Homeless Veterans Act of 2013 which contained several provisions cosponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. This important legislation will help the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) meet its goal to eliminate veteran homelessness by 2015 and address barriers homeless veterans face accessing VA's homeless programs and becoming permanently housed. "Our veterans served o...

  • VA Accreditation Program Open to Abuse, GAO Says

    Leaders of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs and the Special Committee on Aging said today that they are "deeply troubled" by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ lax oversight of private advisers to veterans applying for pensions and other benefits. The senators cited a new report by the Government Accountability Office that faulted the VA for loosely enforcing its own vague rules on accrediting private financial planners, attorneys, insurance agents and others. The nonpartisan co...

  • Provisions from S. 423 (112th Congress) Take Effect on August 6th

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) claims process has long been plagued by large backlogs and lengthy delays. Veterans in North Carolina regularly tell me how frustrated they are with this confusing process, some waiting years for progress to be made on their cases.  While there are still many problems with the VA backlog that must be addressed, I want to mention a step that individuals filing claims for VA benefits can take on their own to try to avoid some of the delays and hassles ...

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