Sen. Brown Chairs Field Hearing of Veterans’ Affairs Committee in Cambridge

Veterans Share Concerns, Discuss Access to Services and Benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) convened a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs today in Cambridge. Today's hearing focused on access to services and benefits for veterans living in the Appalachian region.

"Veterans in Appalachia face unique challenges from social and economic isolation to distant health care facilities to misallocation and distribution of resources," Brown said. "It is vital that these challenges are understood by the Committee and the Senate, so as laws and regulations are written, their concerns are heard and addressed."

Issues covered include: job retraining, education, and disability compensation. Today's witnesses include:

Witness

Position

Rich Greenlee

US Army Veteran, Dean of Ohio University’s Eastern Campus in St. Clairsville 

Ed Acevedo

US Army Veteran (Iraq/Afghanistan) – Student at Hocking College 

Lucinda Maupin

US Army Veteran, Belmont County Veterans Service Officer

Andrea Neutzling

US Army/Army Reserve Veteran (Iraq) – Student at Ohio University 

Kim Graves

Director of the Veterans Benefits Administration's (VBA) Eastern Area

Bill Hartnett

Director, Ohio Department of Veterans Services

Sen. Brown held a hearing in New Philadelphia in 2007 that explored medical issues facing Veterans in Appalachia. Following this hearing, Sen. Brown introduced the Veterans Emergency Care Fairness Act of 2001 to require the VA to reimburse private hospitals for emergency care before a veteran is transferred to a VA medical facility.

Brown, a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, is the author of several legislative initiatives that would strengthen our nation's commitment to veterans by improving education reimbursements and expanding employment protection for former service members. Brown has held more than 140 community events since being sworn into office in 2007 - holding at least one roundtable discussion with community leaders in each of Ohio's 88 counties. Many of Brown's legislative priorities, including his jobs initiatives, originated from these discussions.

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