Lawmakers Form New Caucus of Post-9/11 Veteran Legislators Says Jim Fausone, Veterans Attorney
May 15, 2015
Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 15, 2015 – Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Scott Perry (R-Pa.) have launched a new caucus of congressional members who served in the military post-9/11.
The caucus will focus on issues faced by veterans who have served since 9/11, a group which encompasses 2.8 million of the nation’s veterans.
“Post-9/11 veterans represent the youngest generation of veterans. At a time when Congress includes a record-low number of veterans, a caucus representing this unique group could help ensure that Congress better meets the needs of the veteran population,” said Jim Fausone, a veterans attorney in Northville, Michigan.
Gabbard and Perry, both of whom are post-9/11 veterans, will act as co-chairmen of the caucus. Gabbard is currently a captain in the Hawaii Army National Guard; Perry serves as a brigadier general in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Thirty-one members of the U.S. Congress served in the military in the post-9/11 era. Of those, 26 served in Iraq or Afghanistan.
The caucus will tackle issues such as the transition back to civilian life, the backlog in Veterans Affairs disability claims, improving health care for veterans and employment opportunities. The caucus’s creation comes amidst cuts to the Defense Department budget and a series of VA scandals.
The caucus plans to work closely with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and other groups that focus on the issues of younger veterans. IAVA CEO Paul Rieckhoff praised the move, expressing hope that the caucus would focus on issues such as veteran suicide, unemployment and reforming the VA.
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