WASHINGTON, D.C – U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) yesterday voted for H.R. 5822, the Fiscal Year 2011 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, which provides $75.9 billion in funding for programs benefitting American veterans, as well as the construction and maintenance of military facilities. Dent issued the following statement:

“I was pleased to support this measure because it supplies the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with the robust funding it needs to continue providing valuable services to our nation’s many deserving veterans and their families. This bill included $51 billion for the Veterans Health Administration to ensure our vets receive the highest-quality medical services and to improve the accessibility of care.

As greater numbers of soldiers return from missions in Afghanistan and Iraq, it is imperative we honor their service by continuing to develop programs for veterans. In addition to improved medical care, this must include enhanced educational opportunities that prepare our veterans for civilian careers. I supported H.R. 5822 because it also included strong funding for training and tuition assistance, and will provide VA the means to address the troubling educational benefit claims backlog.”