Donovan Hosts Veterans Roundtable to Hear Concerns and Solicit Ideas
Brooklyn, NY—November 2, 2016….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) gathered local veterans and advocacy organizations for a roundtable discussion at the Knights of Columbus in Brooklyn yesterday. The roundtable gave veterans and advocates an opportunity to discuss pressing issues facing the veteran community, including problems with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), unemployment, homelessness, and mental health.
Congressman Donovan said, “American veterans sacrificed their time, their health, and in some cases their bodies to protect our country and ideals. Their government needs to be responsive to their needs, and that's what this roundtable was about. It was a privilege to hear from those who have served, and I'll continue to advocate for improved healthcare, education and job opportunities for our vets.”
Participants discussed the importance of reforming the VA to fix longstanding problems, including delayed care, backlogged benefit claims, and doctor and hospital shortages. Other topics highlighted included the need to end veteran homelessness, improve support for veterans suffering from mental health issues, broaden initiatives that provide job training and transition support, and need to address the unique health and safety needs of women veterans. Insight from the roundtable will be used to shape proposals and inform decisions on future legislation.
The event was held at the Knights of Columbus and included representatives from the United Veterans of Kings County, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Jewish War Veterans, Catholic War Veterans, Marine Corps League, Vietnam Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans, and the American Legion.
The conversation will continue on Staten Island, where another veterans roundtable will be held in the near future. These roundtable events are part of Donovan’s continued effort to improve how our country treats veterans. In September, Donovan voted to support the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016, bi-partisan legislation that streamlines the VA’s disability benefits appeals process and provides additional authority to reprimand VA employees for bad performance and misconduct. Donovan also voted to support legislation that provides additional resources to treat veterans with Hepatitis C, a disease that has struck the veteran population particularly hard.