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Representative Jeff Denham

Representing the 10th District of California

Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - November 10, 2011

Nov 10, 2011

November 10, 2011

Dear Friend,

Happy birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps and a happy early Veterans Day to you all.  It is an honor to have served our country and to be able to continue to serve you today. Ensuring care for our veterans has always been a top priority of mine and continues during my service in Congress.  In the next two years, several hundred thousand men and women will return home from overseas and I believe making sure they have the care and benefits they have earned is up to us. In the generations to come, it will be one of our most important responsibilities. 

 As a member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, I recently introduced legislation, the Efficient Service for Veterans Act (H.R. 3245), a bill to streamline the bureaucratic processes for veterans at Vet Centers by allowing the Vet Centers access to electronic records of servicemen and women.  This week I toured Vet Centers in our area and visited with veterans and employees to see firsthand the impact my legislation will have.  It was amazing to hear stories of the tremendous impact the Vet Centers have had in our community and the great service they have provided for our veterans.   

Tomorrow, I will be at the 92nd Annual Fresno Veterans Day Parade.  Before the parade, I will present Prisoner of War (POW) Medals to ex-POW Veterans. The POW Medal is a military award of the United States armed forces which was authorized by Congress and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1985.   I reached out to POW Veterans that had not received the official Prisoner of War medals and I am honored to be presenting them at the Parade tomorrow.  Following the ceremony, I will ride in the parade with Kurtis Foster, a wounded warrior and proud member of my staff. I hope to see you all there tomorrow morning.

Several weeks ago, my colleague, Congressman Tim Walz, and I had the opportunity to visit our service members in Afghanistan.  We both agree that on Veterans Day, as we reflect on the sacrifices so many of our brave men and women have made, we must commit ourselves to sacrificing for them. You can read our joint column in honor of Veterans Day on

 The Capitol Christmas Tree will be at the Veterans Day parade in Fresno tomorrow before it continues on its way through California and across the country to our nation's Capitol.  I am extremely proud the tree is coming from the Stanislaus National Forest this year.  Supplying the tree is an honor for our district and California.  This year's tree showcases not only the beauty of our state's natural resources but the diversity of its cultures and charity of its residents.  I take pride in knowing that this great representation of our district will be a symbol of the holidays in our nation's Capitol. The tree was in Sacramento yesterday and Modesto this afternoon and I look forward to seeing it at the Veterans Day parade tomorrow. We have set up a page on our website where you can track the tree as it travels across the country. 

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Happy Veterans Day and another thank you to all of our troops, our veterans, and military families across the country for your sacrifice.