Beatty Receives Legislator of the Year Award from Vietnam Veterans of America Buckeye State Council
Beatty Receives Legislator of the Year Award from
Vietnam Veterans of America Buckeye State Council
WASHINGTON, DC – On June 19, 2017, the Vietnam Veterans of America Buckeye State Council (VVABSC) presented U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) with its Legislator of the Year Award, honoring Beatty’s commitment to and effectiveness in getting veterans the services and benefits they have earned and deserve. In the 114th Congress, Beatty cosponsored the Toxic Exposure Research Act, H.R. 1769, which would establish a national center at a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facility dedicated to research on the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions of the descendants of individuals exposed to toxic substances while serving as members of the Armed Forces. In the 115th Congress, Beatty introduced the Homeless Veterans Legal Services Act, H.R. 1993, a bill aimed at expanding homeless veterans’ access to free, high-quality legal services—whether that be assisting in restoring their driver’s license, resolving child support issues, or preventing eviction or the loss of their home. The Homeless Veterans Legal Services Act has the support of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation.
The VVABSC officers in attendance to present the award included President Cliff Riley, Second Vice President Mark Rehl, Secretary Paul Wilson, Treasurer Larry Frazee, and Administrator Don Jones. Upon receiving the award, Beatty issued the following statement:
“I am honored and humbled to receive the Legislator of the Year Award from the Vietnam Veterans of American Buckeye State Council. Too often, the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans is met inadequately—whether it is due to a lack of recognition for their struggles upon returning home or through having to deal with red tape to get benefits, treatment and services. That is why I will continue fighting for our veterans; they risked their life to protect our freedoms and deserve nothing less.”
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