CONGRESSMAN REED MEETS WITH VETERANS ADVISORY COUNCIL; Says that government must better address the needs of female veterans
Congressman Tom Reed will continue to be a proactive voice for veterans after meeting with his Veterans Advisory Council in Canandaigua this morning. “I heard a great deal about the need for the government to do better in addressing the requirements of our growing numbers of female veterans,” Reed said. “We also have to do a better job ensuring that our veterans receive their benefits in a timely manner.”
“My father was career Army,” Reed explained. “We will always stand with our veterans and their families who sacrifice so much to protect our freedom.” Reed’s office has a staff member dedicated to nothing but helping veterans navigate the twist and turns of Defense Department and Veterans Administration (VA) bureaucracies.
Much of the discussion centered on better outreach from all government offices so that veterans are aware of benefits they qualify for. Additional topics included The Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act, which Reed supports, Tricare concerns, and the painfully slow processing of disability, education and widow’s benefit claims. “We’re going to see that that these issues are addressed by the VA,” Reed vowed.
The members of the Veterans Advisory Council represent a wide variety of military veterans and veterans services officers. The Veterans Advisory Council is one of several such specialized boards Reed uses to get perspective and insight into legislation and challenges facing constituents. The Congressman has held or will hold agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing, natural resources, law enforcement, veterans affairs, and education advisory council meetings in 2012.