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Ranking Member Bost Ahead of Veterans Day: I refuse to let burn pits be the next Agent Orange.

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Today, Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following opinion piece in The Ripon Society in honor of Veterans Day. Read the article here and below: Burn Pits Cannot be the Next Agent Orange By Mike Bost The Ripon Forum Volume 55, No. 5 Veterans Day 2021 “Every day I wonder, ‘is today the day that toxic exposure catches up with me?’” ...

Ranking Member Bost: Honoring Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

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This week, Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, penned an opinion piece in The Southern in honor of Memorial Day. Read the article here and below: Honoring Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice Congressman Mike Bost Ranking Member, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs May 31, 2021 153 years ago, Southern Illinois’ own, General John A. Logan, issu...

Ranking Member Roe: A Crisis We Cannot Ignore

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A Crisis We Cannot Ignore By: Dr. Phil Roe 9/3/2020 Long before COVID-19, America was grappling with another deadly affliction – veteran suicide. Every day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, for two decades and counting, an average of 20 servicemembers and veterans die by suicide. That amounts to 140 lives lost every week, 7,280 lives lost every year, and 145,600 lives lost since 2000. Each one ...

Ranking Member Roe in The Ripon Forum: "Be Grateful for the Many Sacrifices that Keep Us Free"

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This week, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, penned an essay in The Ripon Forum in honor of Veterans Day. Read the article here and below: Be Grateful for the Many Sacrifices that Keep Us Free The Ripon Forum Volume 53, No. 5 By: Dr. Phil Roe 11/4/19 Every year on November 11th, Americans pay tribute to the men and women who have served in th...

Chairman Roe in the Washington Times: I Carry The Mission to Honor the Sacrifice of Our Heroes With Me

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In honor of Memorial Day, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs penned the below op-ed in The Washington Times: Memorial Day is a day we pay tribute to the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe and free. This year, Memorial Day takes on even greater meaning to me, as I just returned from an oversight visit to variou...

Roe, Walz Op-Ed on Suicide Prevention: You Are Not Alone

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Chairman Roe and Ranking Member Walz penned this op-ed on ArmyTimes.com. September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and as legislators and leaders of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, we have a duty to ensure veterans contemplating ending their lives have access to the tools and resources they need to know they are not alone. Recent data released by the Department of Veterans Affairs ...

Memorial Day

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Chairman Roe penned this op-ed on Medium. Each Memorial Day, we pause to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms we hold dear. We owe them a debt we can never fully repay, which is exactly why we must strive to honor their service any way we can. One way to do that is to take care of the loved ones they leave behind. I’m proud that, just ...

VA bureaucracy continues to protect bad employees, hurt U.S. troops

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Chairman Dr. Phil Roe and Senators Marco Rubio and Johnny Isakson, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, penned this op-ed for Military Times: The vast majority of Americans value their jobs and understand they are accountable for their work. They know that if they perform poorly, there will be consequences, and if they engage in illegal behavior, they will likely be fired immedia...

'I'll never forget the friends I lost in Vietnam': US congressman shares stories of war

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Chairman Dr. Phil Roe penned this piece for Military Times. I can still remember the look on Johnny Parham’s face when I passed him the baton during our 2-mile high school relay race. We were pretty good, if I do say so myself. Johnny was my friend. Even though it’s difficult for me to get through, I still tell his story because, even after all of these years, I often think of him. You don’t get t...

The VA must be held accountable. Here’s what Congress needs to do

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The VA must be held accountable. Here’s what Congress needs to do By Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. FoxNews.com A recent study completed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that, on average, it takes six months to a year to remove a permanent civil servant in the federal government. Oftentimes, it takes even longer. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is not exempt from the red-tape th...

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