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Veterans in Congress Bring Rare Perspective to Authorizing War

Veterans in Congress at lowest level since World War II

The long decline of veterans in Congress — in 4 charts

Veterans: In Congress and At Home

VA has failed Veterans

Witnesses testified on the Department of Veterans Affairs' disability claims backlog, and its ability to process complex claims such as traumatic brian injuries. The first panel of veterans and military spouses included a widow of a Vietnam War veteran whose claim filed 23 years previoiusly, had still not been finalized.

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U.S. confidence in elected leaders has decreased. This is likely due to ever-increasing partisanship, corruption, and inability to work together for the common good of the United States. Yet confidence in the military and in our vets is at an all-time high and for good reason. Military veterans have outstanding leadership experience, have made difficult decisions under pressure, and have accomplished whatever America has asked of them, honorably. As one of the most diverse groups within the United States, they have consistently put their differences aside to work together for the common good. Most importantly, Veterans have demonstrated their willingness to put America and its citizens before their own well-being.

The number of veterans serving in elected office has declined rapidly over the last forty years. Citizens for Veterans in Government seeks to correct this in a time when veterans issues need desperate attention. Given America's decreasing satisfaction with congress and increasing confidence in those who wear the uniform, it follows that reversing the decline in the number of veterans serving in public office would increase Americans' satisfaction with their elected leaders.

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