May 30, 2017

Honoring Vets on Memorial Day

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My former U.S. Rep was a Marine. His replacement's a pretty good guy, too. This is what I received from him today.

Honoring the Fallen on Memorial Day

Rep. Lewis honors the fallen and discusses
VA reform efforts in the House.

Dear Friend,

Throughout our nation’s history, Americans have answered the call to fight for our freedoms.

Today we remember these men and women, who gave their lives so that we may live in peace. We remember that the freedoms we hold so dear would not be possible without the willingness of our neighbors to make the ultimate sacrifice to guarantee them. We remember that while all gave some, some gave all.

Please join me today in taking a moment to remember the price that our men and women in uniform have paid, including members of our own families. Like many of us, I remember seeing my brothers go to Vietnam, and heard my Dad recount his own memories of service.

Just recently, I supported a number of initiatives in the House to make sure that our veterans are properly taken care of. The No Hero Left Untreated Act would help treat larger numbers of veterans for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Disabled Veterans would be able to receive support from adult day care services through Veterans Administration (VA) partnerships with state-owned veterans’ homes.

As you may know, there have been some highly-publicized scandals at the VA over the past few years. I have a casework team dedicated to helping constituents and veterans resolve problems they may encounter with the federal government. The number to call is 651-846-2120. I’m also a cosponsor of the WINGMAN Act, which would allow my team, with the veteran’s permission, to have access to their VA records in order to solve problems with the claims process more quickly.

I’ve also been proud to support ways for veterans’ appeals to be resolved faster at the VA, like the Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act, and to get benefits claims assessed speedily through the use of a local doctor for exams- the Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act.

Let’s be grateful to the men and women who laid down their lives, grateful to our veterans, and respectful of the sacrifices made in war by those generations that have gone before us.

They advanced the ideals that our nation is built on, and as I represent our district in Washington, I’ll keep doing my part to safeguard those freedoms, and support our troops, military families, and veterans. We won’t forget the fallen.

Please share your thoughts by sending an email through my website, and sign up for my e-mail newsletter for the latest updates from Washington, D.C. and around the district. You can also stay on top of my work by following my Facebook and Twitter pages. Please feel free to call my Washington, D.C. office at 202-225-2271 or my Burnsville office at 651-846-2120 with any comments or for assistance with a federal agency.

Jason Lewis
Member of Congress

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