by Senator Harry Reid
Senate Majority Leader
June is a time when I reflect on our neighbors, family members and friends in uniform, as well as all those veterans who served in the past. I attended Memorial Day Services in Fernley this year, and I recall many profound ceremonies witnessed at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City.
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|I look back to Memorial Day, when we honored those who died in the service of their country. In June, we commemorate the 65th Anniversary of D-Day. This decisive battle the largest air, land and sea operation ever undertaken included more than 150,000 members of the Allied Forces.
Because of the outstanding service they perform, we have a responsibility to our veterans through periods of prosperity and drought. I am very proud of Nevada’s service members and I am dedicated to fighting for those who serve the United States. In my time in Congress, I have secured billions of dollars for troops, veterans, military families and Nevada’s installations.
I secured funding for the Southern Nevada Veterans Complex in Boulder City, a $600 million facility that serves a variety of veteran health care needs. This facility makes health care more accessible, efficient and effective for Nevada veterans by providing services in surgery, mental health rehabilitation and long-term care.
The most recent work I am doing for Nevada’s veterans involves ending the bad practice known as Concurrent Receipt. This prevents disabled veterans from collecting both disability pay and retired pay. For every dollar a veteran receives in disability compensation, a dollar is deducted from his or her retirement pay. In some cases, this ban takes away a veteran’s full retirement pay, wiping away the benefits he or she earned in 20 or more years of service. My bill will end this unconscionable practice and allow disabled and retired veterans to get all the benefits they have earned.
Nevada’s veterans and their families know the risks and sacrifices of their service. Their work is often difficult and lonely, far away from family, and sometimes life-threatening. We owe to our veterans opportunities for high-quality and accessible health care and the fullest benefits they have earned for their service of our state and our country.
Contact Harry Reid at http://reid.senate.gov/
P.O. Box 61901
Boulder City, Nevada 89006
Phone (702) 294-1392 Fax (702) 294-1392
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