Murray To Hold Senate Hearing In Tacoma On The Challenges Our Veterans And Servicemembers Face Returning Home

Mar 29 2012

Official U.S. Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing will bring top VA and Pentagon officials to the region to answer questions and discuss mental health care concerns, putting local veterans to work, and improving transition services

(Washington, D.C.) –Senator Patty Murray, Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today announced that she will hold a field hearing on the unique opportunities and challenges that the South Sound and Washington state continue to face as thousands of veterans return to the region. This official Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee field hearing will explore how the military, veterans, business, and non-profit communities can work together to improve the transition home for those returning to Washington state. In particular, the hearing will focus on improving mental health care, employment opportunities, and community outreach for returning veterans.

The hearing will feature testimony from top VA and Pentagon officials, local servicemembers and veterans, business leaders, and veterans’ advocates. Members of the public are encouraged to RSVP if they plan to attend the hearing to

WHAT:  U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Field Hearing

“Washington’s Veterans: Helping the Newest Generation Transition Home”

WHO:   U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Chairman, Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee

Dr. Robert A. Petzel, Under Secretary for Health, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Susan Pendergrass, Director, VA Northwest Network (VISN 20), Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs

Willie Clark, Western Area Director, Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Jo Ann Rooney, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Department of Defense

Senior Army Leaders

Local Servicemembers and Veterans

Business Leaders

Veterans’ Advocates

WHEN:    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Hearing Starts at 10:30 A.M. PST | Doors Open at 9:45 A.M. PST | Cameras are encouraged to come early for set-up

WHERE: The STAR Center
3873 South 66th Street
Tacoma, WA 98409
Map it


Public Transportation Routes:        Pierce Transit Bus Route 53                             Parking:                                           On-site Parking is available

For more information about this hearing or other activities of the Senate Veteran’s Affairs Committee, please visit

Press interested in coming are encouraged to RSVP to