November 21, 2011
Dear Mr. Eagan,
In observance of Veterans Day, I recently visited with veterans and veterans' service providers throughout my District. Some of the major issues we discussed were the backlog of claims at the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Baltimore Regional Office, implementation of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, and the BRAVE Act, which I authored to assist disabled veterans in receiving benefits.
I had the opportunity to attend the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training, Inc. Appreciation Day and the 8th Annual USO-BWI Salute to Veterans and Military Families; visit with local Veteran Service Organization chapters; and celebrate a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation that will greatly enhance access to local, affordable transportation services for military families and spouses. I was also pleased to join the Veterans Day Ceremony at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery, and to meet with veterans who have enrolled at Towson University through the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
We can never fully repay the debt we owe to those who have served our country. But we must do everything we can to ensure that our nation fulfills its commitments to them. Our efforts on behalf of our veterans also show our active-duty military that we'll be there for them when they return, that they can count on us. That knowledge makes a difference.
Member of Congress
Sean P Eagan
Former Chairman American Cold War Veterans