Our veterans have sacrificed a great deal for our freedom and we have an important responsibility to care for them. I will continue to work to ensure that veterans are treated with the dignity and honor they deserve and that the Department of Veterans' Affairs is given the tools it needs to do its job, and do it well. Americans appreciate all their service and sacrifice.
In 2011, the House passed, with my support, several bills supporting our veterans. Two particularly important pieces of legislation were signed into law:
The Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011, H.R. 1383, will allow student veterans to remain enrolled in the school of their choice by temporarily restoring the original Post-9/11 GI Bill method of paying tuition and fees based on the maximum in-state, undergraduate fee schedule.
The provisions of H.R. 2433, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, were incorporated into H.R. 674. to reduce the unemployment rate among our nation’s veterans (In 2011, 8.3 percent among all veterans and 11.6 percent for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan). This bill expands education and training opportunities, improves the Transition Assistance Program, and provides tax credits for hiring disabled veterans who are unemployed.
Congressman Sensenbrenner thanks troops for their service.