Americans still owe a great debt to the veterans of World War II, and we can never thank them enough.
Last week, approximately 165 World War II veterans from Cedar Rapids, the Quad Cities, and Marshalltown were in Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II Memorial on the National Mall. Their trip was hosted by the Honor Flight Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring veterans by helping them to visit their national memorial.
The effort began after completion of the World War II Memorial in 2004. Today, top priority continues to be given by the Honor Flight Network to veterans from World War II and other veterans who may be terminally ill. The program plans to transition to veterans from the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and subsequent wars, as those veterans grow older.
I appreciated the opportunity to pay tribute
to these veterans during their visit to the World War II Memorial. In the U.S. Senate, I’m continuing my oversight of the Department of Veterans Affairs' delivery of services and processing of veterans benefit claims. In response to questions about the high number of claim denials that were overturned on appeal, the VA briefed my office on its new electronic claims processing system which promises to prevent inaccurate claims processing on the front end, and I have continued to follow up with the VA about its progress toward putting this system in place. Separately, I co-authored a tax credit enacted last fall to encourage employers to hire qualified veterans who recently completed service in the military, including members of the National Guard.
America’s veterans put their lives on the line to defend freedom, protect national security and secure the safety of loved ones here at home. It’s our duty and our privilege to honor them.
April 30, 2012