ICYMI: Senator Carper Hosts Annual Delaware Veterans Summit with VA Deputy Secretary Tanya Bradsher
In Case You Missed It, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), a 23-year Navy veteran and the last Vietnam veteran serving in the U.S. Senate, hosted his Delaware Veterans Summit on Friday with special guest Tanya Bradsher, Deputy Secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs. During the event, which has been held annually for more than two decades, the conversation focused on the implementation of the historic PACT Act and resources to combat critical issues like veteran homelessness.
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November 3, 2023
Veteran and U.S. Senator of Delaware Tom Carper says veteran health care has been a primary focus since he moved here after the Vietnam War.
Senator Carper now advancing benefits for millions of veterans across the country with legislation like the PACT act, passed by president Biden last year.
Lawmakers say that Delaware has come a long way in terms of the support that it offers veterans returning home from overseas, and as you can see behind me, this is one of many of the outpatient clinics that any veteran can visit across the First State.
“We now have not one, but two community based outpatient clinics up and down the state,” U.S. Senator Carper said. “We have VA medical facilities in every county.”
“I encourage any veteran who served in Vietnam, who served post 911 or in Gulf War to apply for the VA benefits and also take a look and sign up for VA health care.”
Tanya Bradsher, Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs “encourages any veteran who served in Vietnam, who served post 911 or in Gulf War to apply for the VA benefits, and also take a look and sign up for VA health care.”
Delaware’s Senior U.S. Senator Tom Carper and Veterans Affairs officials met at a VA Outpatient clinic to raise awareness of the benefits offered to Veterans, specifically a bill for veterans who have certain disabilities as a result of their military service, otherwise known as “presumptives.”
“A piece of legislation signed by President Biden called the Pact Act and it is designed especially for those who served in the afghan and were exposed to toxic fumes during the war and a lot of our veterans, our GIs, were,” U.S. Senator Carper said.
November 4, 2023
“Senator Tom Carper hosts U.S. Deputy Secretary of Veteran Affairs Tanya Bradsher at the annual Delaware Veteran Summit. […] Bradsher and Carper toured the VA outpatient clinic, which opened in March of 2021, meeting clinicians and patients and learning about the radiology addition coming in 2024. ‘Senator Carper has been an amazing partner to the VA, and we are so thankful to the outreach he has provided our veterans and making sure that they know about all the VA resources that we have for them. And so, anything that we can do to help him keep his constituents informed, that’s why we are here,’ [said Brasher]. Carper and the Deputy Secretary then joined veterans and other elected officials at the Delaware Veteran Summit, a closed-door conversation about improving veteran affairs across the state.”
DELAWARE PUBLIC MEDIA: Sen. Tom Carper hosts U.S. Deputy Secretary of Veteran Affairs Tanya Bradsher at the annual Delaware Veterans Summit
November 3, 2023
Carper joined Bradsher at the Kent County Community Based VA Outpatient Clinic in Dover.
“I’m visiting the outpatient clinic here in Dover to meet with our clinicians, to learn about their future expansion – we’re going to be able to have radiology here next year, which is very exciting – as well as to meet some of Veterans and to thank our clinicians for the amazing care they’re providing our Veterans here in Dover,” Bradsher said.
Bradsher became the US deputy secretary of veteran affairs just over six weeks ago – she is an Iraq combat Veteran who served for 20 years in the US Army.
She is the first woman and woman of color to hold the deputy secretary position and is the highest-ranking woman in VA history as lieutenant colonel.
Carper and deputy secretary then joined veterans and other elected officials at the Delaware Veterans Summit – a closed door conversation about improving Veteran Affairs across the state.
“Senator Carper has been an amazing partner to the VA, and we are so thankful to the outreach he has provided our Veterans and making sure they know about all the VA resources that we have for them. And so, anything that we can do to help him keep his constituents informed, that’s why we are here as well,” Bradsher said.