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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Remembering Our Brave Servicemen and Women

March 20, 2013
Bilirakis Blog

On this 10th Anniversary of the War in Iraq, we remember our brave servicemen and women. To the 4,500 troops who died there; to the more than 30,000 wounded Americans who have come home ? your selfless sacrifices will never be forgotten.

Today, we have a new generation of veterans, and we must continue to make them a top priority when they return home, adapting our own processes to meet their needs. It is unacceptable for our nation?s heroes to have to wait years to receive benefits earned in service to this country.

I participated in a Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing earlier today with the VA regarding the claims backlog. Please watch the video below to see my questions regarding the backlog, especially the challenges experienced at the St. Petersburg Regional Office.