[Hpn] Hillary Clinton: Standing with Veterans and Honoring Their Service

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12/23/2007
Hillary Clinton: Standing with Veterans and Honoring Their Service
Hillary Clinton has built a record of fighting for our veterans to =
ensure our country fulfills its obligations to those who have served and =
sacrificed for the nation. As a member of the Senate Armed Services =
Committee, Hillary Clinton has been a champion for the very best =
treatment of our troops, veterans, and their families - while they are =
serving and when they return - since long before America learned about =
the abuses at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

As First Lady, she helped call attention to Gulf War Syndrome. As a =
Senator and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Hillary has =
seen the incredible courage of our troops and has been a relentless =
advocate for veterans and for the men and women currently serving in our =
military. Hillary has cosponsored legislation which passed Congress that =
expanded the Family Medical Leave Act to cover families of wounded =
warriors. She fought, along with Senator Lindsay Graham, to expand =
access to military health care benefits to all Guard and Reserve =
members. She cosponsored the Military Death Benefit Improvement Act to =
raise the military survivor benefit from $12,000 to $100,000. And she =
authored legislation to ensure that when a single parent service member =
makes the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our nation, the service =
member's minor child or children and their guardian have access to =
needed military death and survivor benefits.

Hillary also cosponsored the Dignified Treatment of Wounded Warriors =
Act, which provides increased funding for diagnosis, treatment, and =
rehabilitation for traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress =
disorder and calls for a joint electronic health record for the =
Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs.

Continuing the Fight as President

When Hillary is President, she will make sure that every member of our =
armed forces will receive a fair shot at the American Dream when their =
service is over. She will ensure that every veteran in America will have =
health care. She will work so that every veteran receives the benefits =
they have earned and the assistance they need - right from the start. =
And she will make sure no soldier ever loses a bonus because he or she =
has been injured in service. As President, Hillary will:

Enact a GI Bill of Rights for the Twenty-first Century. Hillary will =
enact a GI Bill of Rights for the 21st century that will offer service =
members, veterans and their families with expanded education, housing =
and entrepreneurial benefits. Her plan will fund undergraduate education =
for service members, as well as education for specialized trade or =
technical training, and certification and licensing programs. She will =
expand the VA Home Loan Guaranty program to allow veterans to use =
low-interest, no-fee loans to purchase, build or improve a home valued =
up to $625,000. She will establish a Veterans Microloan Program to =
provide veterans with no-collateral, low-interest microloans of up to =
$100,000 for entrepreneurial ventures.

Provide Affordable and Quality Health Care for All Veterans. As =
President, Hillary will ensure that all of the 1.8 million uninsured =
veterans in this country have access to quality, affordable health care. =
She will restore the Clinton-era policy that opened the VA's excellent =
and cost-effective health care system to all veterans who seek to =
enroll. She will make a long-term commitment to the VA system to ensure =
it is adequately funded and has the capacity to avoid backlogs and to =
handle greater enrollments. And she will provide coverage through the =
American Health Choices Plan to all veterans who choose not to use the =
VA system.

Ensure All Veterans Receive the Benefits They Have Earned and the =
Assistance They Need -- Right from the Start. As President, Hillary will =
commit to getting a fair, accurate, and timely decision for every =
veteran filing a disability claim. She will increase the number of =
qualified VA evaluators to reduce the backlog of claims. She will =
provide fast-track training for new claims specialists and expand the =
Benefits at Discharge Program to smooth the transition from service to =
discharge for all those who serve our country.

Extend Hiring Preferences to Veterans-friendly Contractors. Today, there =
are between 7.2 and 7.6 million federal contractors, 2 million more than =
there were five years ago. The privatization of government by the Bush =
administration has meant veterans are losing job opportunities, because =
contractors do not necessarily have the same hiring policies as the =
federal government. Hillary will restore and expand job opportunities =
for veterans by working to establish a system through which federal =
contractors afford veterans hiring preference comparable to the federal =
government preferences.

Expand the Helmets to Hardhats Program. Hillary will increase funding =
for the Helmets to Hardhats program. This program links veterans with =
local job opportunities in the construction and trade industries by =
offering apprenticeship programs that teach veterans through on-the-job =
training supplemented by classroom instruction.

Give Veterans Additional Opportunities to Serve. Hillary will make =
vouchers worth up to $10,000 available to returning veterans who want to =
serve in AmeriCorps and select not-for-profit organizations. These =
organizations would provide at least $5,000 to supplement the voucher. =
This system will help veterans create normal routines and reenter their =
communities while doing meaningful work serving their country. Hillary =
will make this subsidy available to as many as 20,000 veterans a year.

Reduce Homelessness among Veterans. In 2006, nearly 200,000 veterans =
were homeless on any given night. Hillary will establish a pilot program =
on homelessness prevention for veterans that will provide subsidies, =
eviction prevention, and one-time assistance for veterans who fall =
behind on their rent. She will also expand rental assistance for =
veterans by calling on Congress to fund an additional 20,000 housing =
choice vouchers exclusively for homeless veterans.

Expand Veterans Homeownership. Hillary will make homeownership more =
affordable for veterans. Veterans will receive a 50% discount on =
foreclosed properties in the government's inventory, which currently =
stands at 35,000 homes. And she will eliminate the upfront fees on VA =
mortgages for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who take out VA =
loans within two years of leaving active duty.

When Hillary is President, she will summon the resources to give our =
veterans the health care, benefits and support they deserve. Our troops =
and veterans have served America, and it is time that America served =
them back.












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cosponsored legislation which passed Congress that expanded the Family =
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<P>Continuing the Fight as President</P>
<P>When Hillary is President, she will make sure that every member of =
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will work so that every veteran receives the benefits they have earned =
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assistance they need - right from the start. And she will make sure no =
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<P><STRONG>Enact a GI Bill of Rights for the Twenty-first =
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Hillary will enact a GI Bill of Rights for the 21st century that will =
offer=20
service members, veterans and their families with expanded education, =
housing=20
and entrepreneurial benefits. Her plan will fund undergraduate education =
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service members, as well as education for specialized trade or technical =

training, and certification and licensing programs. She will expand the =
VA Home=20
Loan Guaranty program to allow veterans to use low-interest, no-fee =
loans to=20
purchase, build or improve a home valued up to $625,000. She will =
establish a=20
Veterans Microloan Program to provide veterans with no-collateral, =
low-interest=20
microloans of up to $100,000 for entrepreneurial ventures.</P>
<P><STRONG>Provide Affordable and Quality Health Care for All =
Veterans.</STRONG>=20
As President, Hillary will ensure that all of the 1.8 million uninsured =
veterans=20
in this country have access to quality, affordable health care. She will =
restore=20
the Clinton-era policy that opened the VA's excellent and cost-effective =
health=20
care system to all veterans who seek to enroll. She will make a =
long-term=20
commitment to the VA system to ensure it is adequately funded and has =
the=20
capacity to avoid backlogs and to handle greater enrollments. And she =
will=20
provide coverage through the American Health Choices Plan to all =
veterans who=20
choose not to use the VA system.</P>
<P><STRONG>Ensure All Veterans Receive the Benefits They Have Earned and =
the=20
Assistance They Need -- Right from the Start.</STRONG> As President, =
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will commit to getting a fair, accurate, and timely decision for every =
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filing a disability claim. She will increase the number of qualified VA=20
evaluators to reduce the backlog of claims. She will provide fast-track =
training=20
for new claims specialists and expand the Benefits at Discharge Program =
to=20
smooth the transition from service to discharge for all those who serve =
our=20
country.</P>
<P><STRONG>Extend Hiring Preferences to Veterans-friendly =
Contractors.</STRONG>=20
Today, there are between 7.2 and 7.6 million federal contractors, 2 =
million more=20
than there were five years ago. The privatization of government by the =
Bush=20
administration has meant veterans are losing job opportunities, because=20
contractors do not necessarily have the same hiring policies as the =
federal=20
government. Hillary will restore and expand job opportunities for =
veterans by=20
working to establish a system through which federal contractors afford =
veterans=20
hiring preference comparable to the federal government preferences.</P>
<P><STRONG>Expand the Helmets to Hardhats Program.</STRONG> Hillary will =

increase funding for the Helmets to Hardhats program. This program links =

veterans with local job opportunities in the construction and trade =
industries=20
by offering apprenticeship programs that teach veterans through =
on-the-job=20
training supplemented by classroom instruction.</P>
<P><STRONG>Give Veterans Additional Opportunities to Serve.</STRONG> =
Hillary=20
will make vouchers worth up to $10,000 available to returning veterans =
who want=20
to serve in AmeriCorps and select not-for-profit organizations. These=20
organizations would provide at least $5,000 to supplement the voucher. =
This=20
system will help veterans create normal routines and reenter their =
communities=20
while doing meaningful work serving their country. Hillary will make =
this=20
subsidy available to as many as 20,000 veterans a year.</P>
<P><STRONG>Reduce Homelessness among Veterans.</STRONG> In 2006, nearly =
200,000=20
veterans were homeless on any given night. Hillary will establish a =
pilot=20
program on homelessness prevention for veterans that will provide =
subsidies,=20
eviction prevention, and one-time assistance for veterans who fall =
behind on=20
their rent. She will also expand rental assistance for veterans by =
calling on=20
Congress to fund an additional 20,000 housing choice vouchers =
exclusively for=20
homeless veterans.</P>
<P><STRONG>Expand Veterans Homeownership.</STRONG> Hillary will make=20
homeownership more affordable for veterans. Veterans will receive a 50% =
discount=20
on foreclosed properties in the government's inventory, which currently =
stands=20
at 35,000 homes. And she will eliminate the upfront fees on VA mortgages =
for=20
veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who take out VA loans within =
two years=20
of leaving active duty.</P>
<P>When Hillary is President, she will summon the resources to give our =
veterans=20
the health care, benefits and support they deserve. Our troops and =
veterans have=20
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