Back from the Battlefield: DOD and VA Collaboration to Assist Service Members Returning to Civilian Life, Joint Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services Meeting Jointly with Committee on Veterans' Affairs [Serial No. 112-71], House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, July 25, 2012   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is the July 25, 2012 hearing on "Back from the Battlefield: DOD and VA Collaboration to Assist Service Members Returning to Civilian Life," held before the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services and the U.S. House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. From the opening statement of Howard P. McKeon: "Good morning. The committee will come to order. Good morning, I welcome everyone for this special joint hearing with the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Our focus is the collaboration between the Department of Defense [DOD] and the Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] to assist service members transitioning to civilian life. We have two of America's leaders with us, Secretary Panetta and Secretary Shinseki, to discuss how we as a Nation can best serve those who have served us in uniform. […] Today's hearing demonstrates our joint longstanding commitment that there be no gap in services and support provided to our service members and their families as they transition from the Department of Defense to the Department of Veterans Affairs. […] The transition that service members experience from active service into civilian life must be improved. Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan know that the hardships don't end when they leave the war zone. We in Congress are painfully aware that at this very moment 26,000 service members are in the midst of the disability evaluation process and are forced to wait over 400 days on average before they can return home to their communities." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Bob Filner, Howard P. McKeon, Jeff Miller, Adam Smith, Leon E. Panetta, Eric K. Shinseki, Ann Marie Buerkle, Madeleine Z. Bordallo, Cooper, Trent Franks, John R. Garamendi, Larry Kissell, James R. Langevin, Dave Loebsack, and Bobby Schilling.

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H.A.S.C. No. 112-145; House Armed Services Committee No. 112-145
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