(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray, a key member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and a leading voice for veterans in Congress, has received an ‘A+’ for her efforts to improve care for our nation’s veterans. Murray received the score on the 2008 Congressional Report Card released today by the nonpartisan group, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).
“As the daughter of a disabled World War II veteran, I know how much America’s veterans and their families have sacrificed for our nation. And I believe it’s our national duty to care for them when they return home. I am honored to have been recognized by IAVA. Their advocacy for our nation’s veterans has moved the legislative ball forward on so many issues important not only to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, but to the treatment of veterans of all conflicts,” Senator Murray said. “We still have a long way to go in terms of ensuring that our veterans have the care and benefits they deserve and I look forward to continuing this important work to care for those who have given so much for all of us.”
The IAVA Report Card grades every member of Congress on his or her leadership and voting record on issues important to Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans. The scores are based on votes taken in the 110th Congress on such issues as the GI Bill, funding for veterans’ health and mental health care and support for homeless veterans.
The Report Card and IAVA’s scoring method can be found here: http://www.veteranreportcard.org/