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Senate Proceeding on Sep 4th, 2007 :: 1:56:24 to 2:06:51
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the report on the dole-shalala commission. the commission's report which was released earlier this summer spotlights the need to aggressively prevent and treat post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: injury, including preparing for the long-term consequences of these injuries. many of the veterans wounded in iraq and afghanistan will require years, if not a lifetime, of medical care from the department

Jack Reed

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Speech By: Jack Reed

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: of veterans affairs. and this new influx of veterans is occurring at a time when the veterans from previous wars are aged and requiring substantial increases in medical services as well as long-term care.

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: it is vital that the department of veterans affairs have adequate resources to address these emerging and unanticipated requirements without draining funds from other needed and high-priority programs,

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: such as long-term care for aging veterans. unfortunately, for too long the president's office of management and budget has ignored the financial impact of the wars in iraq and afghanistan on the

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: department of veterans affairs, and has continued to penny pinch the department's budget. as a result, the department of veterans affairs has struggled over the past several years, often unsuccessfulfully,

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Jack Reed: to keep pace with the rising demands of veterans health care. it has been congress that has had to lead in providing the resources to bail out the department when its projected health care costs

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1:57:34 to 1:57:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: fell abysmally short of the mark. and it has been congress that has led the effort to provide the department with more resources for mental health care programs at a time when the requirement for

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: such services is soaring. i'm pleased to report that the bill before the senate today corrects the deficiencies of the past and provides a necessary investment to guide the department of veterans affairs

Jack Reed

1:57:57 to 1:58:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: into the future. and there is more good news for veterans in this bill. this legislation provides $1 billion over the president's budget request for minor construction and nonrecurring maintenance

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Jack Reed: of veterans hospitals and facilities, particularly clinics. last february, after the president submitted his fy 2008 budget request and after the deplorable conditions at walter reed army medical

Jack Reed

1:58:31 to 1:58:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: center were revealed, the veterans affairs department released a report identifying roughly $5 billion worth of deficiencies in its facilities nationwide -fpltd if we do not want to see another horror

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1:58:52 to 1:59:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: story, we need to move aggressively to correct these deficiencies, and the funding in this bill will allow the department to do so, to begin to uphold that commitment to our veterans. the bill also

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: includes $131 million to hire at least 500 new claims processers to reduce the growing backlog of veterans disability claims. the veterans benefits administration currently has a backlog of almost

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1:59:59 to 2:00:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: 400,000 pending claims, with the average claim taking almost six months to process. in testimony before the senate veterans affairs committee in march, the g.a.o. highlighted the need for the v.a.

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Jack Reed: to take steps to reduce the existing backlog of claims and improve the accuracy and consistency of decisions.~ this takes dead aim at correcting the problems. i know as my colleagues do -- because

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: we get the calls in our state offices from veterans who need help and have unusually long time in which their claim is processed -- sometimes claims are rejected and have to be resubmitted and sometimes

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2:05:39 to 2:05:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: pending appeal and all of this will be corrected and help veterans who need access to the veterans' system quickly. we hope this bill will do that. on the military construction side which is the other

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: major provision in our legislative agenda the bill provides provides $21.2 billion. this is a substantial increase over last year's level it should be noted that more than half of the budget request was

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: to fund 2005 base realoinment and closure program. for military construction associated with conventional mission requirements, the budget request following the trend of the past five years was

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Jack Reed: basically flat lined but we have two major initiatives -- the brac of 2005 and the new initiative of the president to increase the size of the army. those initiatives have required additional funding.

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: the senate bill fully funds the the $8.2 billion request for brac 2005 and for his grow the force initiative and increasing funding for regular military construction by $400 million over the president's

Jack Reed

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Jack Reed: request. especially in a time of war we must not skimp on funding basic infrastructure needs to support our men and women in uniform. the senate bill provides provides $320 million -- 100 million over

John Cornyn

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John Cornyn: the president's request -- for the brac 1990 legacy program going back to the prior brac in 1990. it is important the government keep the commitment to the communities affected by prior brac rounds

John Cornyn

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Speech By: John Cornyn

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