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Sidebar Image House Committee on Veterans` Affairs Chairman congratulates colleagues, foresees bipartisan progress for veterans
(November 8, 2006) Washington, D.C. In connection with the results of yesterday's elections, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Steve Buyer (R-Ind.) made the following statement today. Click for Full Story 

Honoring Our Veterans
Veterans Day, November 11, 2006

(November 7, 2006) Chairman Steve Buyer: Veterans Day reminds us of our commitment and the obligation we have to care for those who faithfully served us in times of war and peace. Click for Full Story 

Veterans to receive annual cost-of-living adjustment
S. 2562, as amended, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost- of-Living Adjustment Act of 2006

(October 19, 2006) Washington, D.C. - On October 16, 2006, President Bush signed into law S. 2562, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2006. S. 2562 passed the House on September 30, 2006.  Click for Full Story 

Congress passes veterans’ cost-of-living adjustment legislation
S. 2562, as amended, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost- of-Living Adjustment Act of 2006

(October 3, 2006) Washington, D.C. - The House passed S. 2562, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2006. S. 2562 will provide, effective December 1, 2006, a cost-of-living adjustment to the rates of disability compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation paid to certain spouses and dependent children of service-disabled veterans. Click for Full Story 

Subcommittee on Health reviews latest trends and treatment for mental healthcare
(September 28, 2006) Col. Dr. Charles Hoge, chief of psychiatry and behavior sciences of the Division of Neurosciences at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, said that about 10 percent of servicemembers returning from the war on terror experience PTSD.Washington, D.C. - At a Subcommittee on Health oversight hearing today on research, treatments and effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), Chairman Henry Brown (R-S.C) and subcommittee members expressed concern that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) had not spent all of the mental health care dollars appropriated for it in Fiscal Year 2005. Click for Full Story 

Chairman Brown disappointed not all FY05 mental health funds spent; promises more oversight
(September 28, 2006) Washington, D.C. - Subcommittee on Health Chairman Henry Brown (R-S.C.) made this statement in response to a Government Accountability Office statement for the record for today’s subcommittee oversight hearing on post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury: Click for Full Story 

Chairmen McHugh and Boozman assess educational benefits for Selected Reserve
(September 27, 2006) Washington, D.C. - Today, the Military Personnel Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee and the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held a joint hearing to discuss expanded educational benefits for members of the Selected Reserve. Click for Full Story 

Benefits subcommittee identifies potential improvements for pension decisions
Jack McCoy, Veterans Benefits Administration associate deputy under secretary for policy and program management (center), responds to a question from Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) during the September 27 hearing on VA’s Pension Program.  Flanking McCoy, from left, John Limpose, VBA Milwaukee Regional Office; Lucy Filipov, Philadelphia Regional Office and Insurance Center; Steve Simmons, Compensation and Pension Service; and Woody Middleton, St. Paul Regional Office. (Photo credit: Ginny Richardson, HVAC minority staff)(September 27, 2006) Washington, D.C. - Today, the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs received testimony on the administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Pension Program. Click for Full Story 

Second day of veterans hearings highlights claims and seamless transition issues
(September 21, 2006) Washington, D.C. - Vice Chairman of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Michael Bilirakis (R-Fla.) received praise for his tireless advocacy on behalf of veterans in his 24 years of service as a member of Congress and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs heard the views of nine veterans’ and military service organizations (VSOs and MSOs) in the second of a two-day series of “Look Back, Look Ahead” hearings which Committee Chairman Steve Buyer (R-Ind.) termed “the opening of the Fiscal Year 2008 VA budget process.” Click for Full Story More Pictures

Buyer commends GAO report on VA budget, praises VA Secretary for acting
(September 20, 2006) Washington, D.C. - A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report issued today supports conclusions by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs that projected veterans’ health care funding shortfalls from last summer were caused by a flawed Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) budget model. Click for Full Story

Committee hears legislative views of millions of veterans
(September 20, 2006) Washington, D.C. -House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Steve Buyer (R- Ind.) enjoyed a laugh with those in attendance at the September 20 hearing, as VFW Commander in Chief, Gary Kurpius shares memories while on active duty. Today, in the first of two “Look Back, Look Ahead” legislative hearings, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs heard the issues and concerns of 11 veterans’ and military service organizations (VSOs and MSOs) in what Committee Chairman Steve Buyer (R-Ind.) termed “the opening of the Fiscal Year 2008 VA budget process.” Click for Full Story  More Pictures



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November 2006

Committee has focused on increased veterans’ benefits and the protection of veterans’ personal data as the 109th Congress concludes

Three bills originating in the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs passed the House this summer to improve veterans’ benefits, enhance information systems at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), protect sensitive personal data belonging to veterans, and authorize health care facility construction all across the country. Click for Full Story

Chairman Buyer leads visit to Middle East

A quarter-inch deeper or an inch to the left and this Marine, recovering from the impact of an insurgent’s automatic rifle bullet on his body armor plate, would have suffered far worse than bad bruises or a broken rib.
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Buyer delegation visits troops, inspects U.S. military health care in Middle East theater
(August 24, 2006) Washington, D.C. Leading a congressional delegation to U.S. military facilities in Kuwait, Iraq and Germany, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Steve Buyer (R-Ind.) and delegation members found the morale of troops and commanders high. Click for Full Story

Remarks by Chairman Steve Buyer at press conference outside President Jalal Talabani’s residence, Baghdad, August 16
“Fifteen years ago, I was an Army captain, serving in the United States Army and Coalition forces in the first gulf war. Little did I ever dream, Mr. President, that 15 years later I would stand here as a guest in a free Iraq. Click for Full Story

Hoosiers on the Front Lines

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In Theater -- Once in Baghdad security is very tight for us. We meet with General George Casey and then we fly Blackhawks into the Green Zone. Click for Full Story

Buyer delegation visits troops, inspects U.S. military health care in Middle East theater

Leading a congressional delegation to U.S. military facilities supporting the global war on terror, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Steve Buyer (R-Ind.) on Tuesday inspected the military's capability to provide seamless medical and dental care for servicemembers returning from combat, and shared a GI meal with soldiers from their home states. From left, delegation members Buyer, John Salazar (D-Colo.), John Boozman

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COMMITTEE ON VETERANS’ AFFAIRS BUDGET VIEWS AND ESTIMATES FOR FY 2007

The views and estimates serve as the guideline in creating the annual budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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