JOINT SERVICES SUPPORT, J9 DIRECTORATEUNITED STATES SENATE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS’ AFFAIRS HEARING IN WASHINGTON STATEBy Gary Lott“Our Servicemembers and Veterans through a decade of war have done everything we have asked of them. While theydon’t ask much in return, we owe them a tremendous amount. Today is an important opportunity to examine and improveour efforts to deliver for them.” That was United States Senator Patty Murray during an official United States Senatehearing on Wednesday at the new South Tacoma Activity and Recreation (STAR) Center in Tacoma, WA. The U.S. Senate, Helping the Newest Generation Transition Home, hearing was, “focused on the unique opportunities and challenges that the South Sound and Washington state continue to face as thousands of Veterans return to the region,” according to Murray. The STAR Center played host to this hearing with hundreds of people there to hear from three panels of witnesses speaking on military Veterans. The first panel consisted of Veterans, the second was comprised of community leaders, and the third had VA and DoD officials.These panels provided an opportunity for the Guard, Active Duty, the VA, non-profits and DoD members to address theSenator with their plans and concerns through testimony. They also discussed their efforts and issues at the local andnational level.Senator Murray the Chair of the Senate Veterans’ AffairsCommittee is also a the Chair of the Senate Committee onAppropriations that funds the Department of Veterans Affairs.She believes Congress and the VA must stand by the side ofVeterans and wounded warriors when they return home, andwork to make sure they get the care and support they deserve. This article is being presented by the WA National Guard Joint Services Support Directorate benefiting Soldiers, Airmen, Veterans and their Families.