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Congresswoman Kirkpatrick Visits Troops in Afghanistan

February 13
23:55 2014

As part of a bipartisan leadership group from Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs committees, Arizona congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick recently visited U.S. troops in Afghanistan and surrounding regions.

Ann Kirkpatrick AfghanistanKirkpatrick traveled to the region in late January with a small, bipartisan delegation of senators and congress members who hold leadership roles on key House and Senate committees.

During the visit, the congresswoman received briefings from U.S. commanders, toured military facilities and met personally with troops, including several from Arizona.

U.S. Representative Kirkpatrick represents District 1 in Arizona, including Page, Flagstaff and the Navajo Nation. As a ranking member on the Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Oversights and Investigations, Kirkpatrick has made a difference in veterans’ lives.

Helping Veterans Through Legislation

During her time in Washington, Kirkpatrick has worked to help veterans across the nation. Working closely with the Navajo Housing Authority, she crafted and passed legislation to ensure veterans’ benefits do not disqualify Navajo People from housing assistance. She was instrumental in putting into place a new, simpler requirement for Veterans seeking PTSD treatment. The change eliminates the former strict documentation requirements that delayed and denied mental health benefits for thousands of veterans.

“Whether these brave men and women are just coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan or served in the military decades ago, our Nation simply has to keep its promises to them.”– U.S. Representative Ann Kirkpatrick

Kirkpatrick’s Veterans/Servicemembers Life Insurance Equity Act and her bill reauthorizing the Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Education (VACE) help ensure quality educational benefits for returning troops will and that life insurance options for current and former service members equal those in private sector plans.

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