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Begich Urges Consolidation of Veterans Programs

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich continues to advocate for a better system to deliver job training and educational programs for our nation’s veterans.  At a hearing yesterday in the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, of which Begich is a member, the senator suggested all programs for veterans should be consolidated under the Veterans Administration (VA) to make it easier for veterans to find the program or service they need.

“At the end of the day, our service and our responsibility is to make sure veterans get easy access without all the bureaucracy that goes with it,” Begich said.

In the hearing, which addressed several economic opportunity and transition pieces of legislation pending before the Senate, Begich said most veterans go directly to the VA to find what they need, not to the Department of Labor and other agencies where some programs are housed.

“Most veterans are not searching all over,” Begich said, adding that duplication of good-meaning efforts and confusion over where to apply for employment-related service is not what veterans need when they leave the military.

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