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Congressman John Sarbanes Shares Veterans Day Message

November 13, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Sarbanes, who represents Maryland’s Third Congressional District, shared the following Veterans Day message on November 11:

“Happy Veterans Day to all Veterans and their families in Maryland and across the country. Today and every day, we honor the brave men and women who have served in uniform. Although we can never fully repay the debt we owe them, I have long worked to advance legislation that helps fulfill our commitments to them.

That’s why I was proud to support the Honoring Our PACT Act earlier this year. This critical legislation expands access to care for all Veterans, especially those exposed to toxic substances during service. Importantly, this new law also establishes two new Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) outpatient clinics in Baltimore and Prince George’s County to deliver much-needed services to the Veterans in our state.

It’s also why I’ve worked to strengthen the VA’s services, streamline the benefits process, and ensure Veterans have access to higher education, job training, and good-paying jobs. I will continue supporting policies that help Veterans lead meaningful lives after service.

I recently joined Blue Star Families of Baltimore and Howard County at an event welcoming Veterans, Active-Duty military and their families who moved to Maryland over the last few years. It is important to me that I could hear about their experiences and share the ways my office can assist them.

Blue Star Families helps to create communities of mutual support and connect newcomers with the important resources they need to thrive. I was proud to present a certificate of recognition to the Director of the Baltimore and Chesapeake Region and Chapter, Yolanda Rayford, for this work.

I also held a Veterans Benefits Workshop at the Glen Burnie Elks Lodge to help Veterans across Maryland’s Third Congressional District access the care and benefits they deserve. The VA Baltimore Regional Office was on-site to provide personalized assistance with claims and appeals. Additional agencies and organizations from the region were available to provide information on other Veterans’ benefits.

If you missed this event, my office can still help you and your families…”

Staffers can: Clarify the status of a disability claim, appeal or pension application;

Resolve concerns with VA medical centers; and address issues for military retirees and their spouses regarding retirement pay, survivor’s benefits or debt.

Sarbanes continued, “if you need assistance, please call my office at 410-832-8890 or email us at https://sarbanes.house.gov/contact. Wishing you a happy Veterans Day. Sincerely,

John P. Sarbanes – Maryland’s Third Congressional District.”

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