Our men and women in uniform deserve our strong, unqualified support. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have put unprecedented demands on our troops, many of whom are now participating in or preparing for their third or even fourth deployments. These men and women are willing to answer their nation's call, but doing so can put significant strain on them, their families, and their finances. I will continue to work for the best protection for our troops that our nation can provide, as well as reasonable rest periods between deployments and benefits for the loved ones they leave behind when they put their lives in danger for our country overseas.
Those who have previously served in uniform deserve our deepest gratitude. Beyond gratitude, we, as a nation, have made a promise to our veterans that needs to be kept. While we can never fully repay our veterans for their sacrifices, we must express our appreciation of their service and remain firm in our commitment to their health and well-being.
SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS
Proposed and led the successful fight for an increase in combat pay and the family separation allowance for the deployed men and women serving in our Armed Forces.
SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS
Strengthened VA and DOD services for veterans suffering Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), including $180 million in the fiscal year 2007 supplemental funding bill for TBI and PTSD treatment, staffing, screening, and research.
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|3/10/11||Durbin Statement on HELP Committee Hearing Investigating For-Profit Colleges|
|3/9/11||Durbin Calls on VA to Take More Aggressive Steps to Identify Colleges Abusing the GI Bill Program|
|3/2/11||Durbin: VA Disqualifies Three Westwood College Campuses From GI Bill Program|
|2/14/11||Durbin: VA Suspends GI Bill Benefits From Some For-Profit Colleges|
|2/14/11||Durbin Announces Nominees for Service Academies|
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