Democrats are proud to stand with veterans who have endured great sacrifice to keep our nation safe and protect our freedom. When Democrats were in the White House and controlled Congress, we kept our promise to take care of our nation’s veterans, and we will continue to respond to the needs of veterans and their families.
Democrats updated the G.I. Bill for post-9/11 veterans to strengthen their access to higher education, and recently supported making the G.I. Bill a lifetime benefit for the first time in history. Democrats also expanded employment opportunities by bolstering veterans’ workforce programs and offering a tax credit to businesses that hire unemployed veterans.  Democrats in Congress are working to improve health care access and treatment for veterans by cutting red tape, modernizing VA hospitals, building VA outpatient clinics in communities where veterans live, and expanding the health services available under the VA.  Democrats also increased the number of VA mental health providers and social workers to meet increased demand, and expanded mental health services. 
Democrats are working to eliminate the VA disability appeals backlog so that veterans can receive their benefits in a more timely manner and with fewer errors occurring. We are also taking steps to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find employment, including launching the Veterans Employment Center, which provides a single location for veterans to look for well-paying jobs and utilize career resources and tools.

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It is appalling that veterans have been made to wait for months to receive their G.I. Bill benefits, with some even forced to move out of their homes or face bankruptcy as a result. 
This Sunday, Americans across our country will gather to celebrate the service of veterans and the sacrifices of military families. 
Today marks ten years since the enactment of the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act, known commonly as the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. 
Throughout our history, this country has been strengthened by the courage and devotion of Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice under our flag. 
While the VA Choice reauthorization bill will enable the continuation and expansion of critical veterans health programs, I have serious concerns about its funding.
On Veterans Day, families and communities gather to honor the service and sacrifices of those who have worn the uniform of our nation.

On Monday, Americans across the country will remember the service and sacrifice of those who laid down their lives defending the United States, our allies, and the democratic values we share.


I am extremely disappointed by the Veterans, Employees, and Taxpayers (VET) Protection Act, which was marked-up by the House Veterans Affairs Committee this morning. 


President Trump’s Muslim ban emboldens our enemies, undermines our alliances around the world, and makes America less safe. 


Today, I join in marking Veterans Day, a time to pay tribute to the men and women who have served our nation in uniform and honor the many sacrifices they have made. 


Each year on Memorial Day we honor the sacrifices of those who died in defense of our nation and its values.  



House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement on the 75th anniversary of the activation of the 99th Pursuit Squadron, the first of several units of African-American airmen trained in Tuskegee, Alabama who served during World War II.