Begich Gets an “A” From Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans
Report card grades lawmakers on key issues facing veterans
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has received a grade of “A” from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) for his support of improved programs and services for the nation’s veterans. The IAVA Action Fund released its congressional report cards, which have become a critical tool for holding elected officials accountable. Every senator and representative is graded based on voting record and leadership on key issues facing Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
“I am honored to receive such a high score from the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, as serving those who have served our country is one of the most important jobs I can do in Congress,” Begich said. “As we talk each day about strategy and the cost of war, we can never stop focusing on our veterans and making sure they get the support and services they need and deserve.”
Some of the issues IAVA used to grade lawmakers include advanced appropriations, mandatory mental health screenings for every returning service member and landmark legislation for caregivers and female veterans. According to the group’s own news release, only 20 legislators out of a possible 535 earned an A+. Sen. Begich received an A, with 11 out of a possible 12 points. Noting exceptional leaders on veterans’ issues were few and far between in the 111th Congress, the organization said 154 members earned Ds or Fs.
Sen. Begich is a member of both the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.