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Murray to Protect Veterans’ Needs with Amendment to $80 Billion Supplemental

Jan 25 2005

Additional funds will provide healthcare and benefits for current and future veterans

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), a key member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will introduce an amendment to the President’s $80 billion war supplemental to care for our nation’s veterans. Murray’s amendment will provide for our troops by providing them with health care services and benefits when they return home.

Murray today released the following statement:

“As the daughter of a disabled World War II veteran and the representative for hundreds of thousands of Washington state veterans and military families, I will fight for every dollar our troops need to protect themselves and to complete their missions successfully.

That is why I have supported every bill to fund our operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. And, that is why I will support this $80 billion supplemental.

But, providing for our troops also means caring for them when they return home. With a new generation of combat veterans deployed around the world, the federal government must meet its obligations to our veterans rather than look away in favor of other priorities.

That is why I will offer an amendment to the President’s supplemental request to fully fund health care services and benefits for soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and those who have served us so bravely in the past.

No one can predict how long our operations in Iraq and Afghanistan will last. But we do know that more soldiers are being called to duty and that today’s soldiers are tomorrow’s veterans. We must all support our troops — both while they are serving and after they return home.”