Early this week, Soldier On president and CEO John (“Jack”) Downing was invited to attend the first HVAC Veterans Service Organization Roundtable of the 113th Congress. Chairman Jeff Miller (FL-01) hosted this off-the-record discussion on Tuesday, April 16, amongst veterans service providers in Washington, DC. Jack was one of 30 representatives in attendance. Attendees were a compilation of veterans service agencies, HVAC members and congressional staff. The discussion that took place addressed perennial veterans-related challenges such as VA’s benefits claims backlog and mental health care access.
“VSOs give veterans a voice on Capitol Hill, so it’s important for us to listen to what they have to say,” Miller said. “Today’s event was a great opportunity to have a candid discussion about what our committee has been doing to improve the lives of veterans, our priorities for the 113th Congress as well as those of the VSO community. The input and support of America’s VSOs has been invaluable to our work at the committee over the past two years, and I look forward to strengthening our partnership as we work to ensure our veterans receive the care and benefits they deserve.”
“I would like to thank chairman Jeff Miller and his colleagues on the Veterans Affairs Committee for their willingness to listen and implement the changes that will begin to create a more rapid and dignified response to each veterans disability claim,” said Jack Downing. “Government works best when our elected officials listen and then hold the appropriate institutions accountable.”