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Congressman Al Green: “New Workers Hired by the Houston VA Regional Office Indicates Success of the Stimulus Plan”

Washington (DC) Today, Congressman Al Green (TX-09) announced that the Houston VA Regional Office has hired 51 new workers with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which President Obama signed into law in February 2009.

The new workers will assist processing Veterans’ claims for VA benefits, including compensation, pensions and education benefits.

“This is one more example that the Recovery Act is working. It is both helping to stimulate our local economy in Houston and to put Americans to work by creating new jobs,” stated Congressman Al Green.

On January 20, 2010, Congressman Al Green sent a letter to the chair of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs’ Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity expressing his concern about a news report that charged that the claims backlog was harming veterans residing in his Congressional District and in the Greater Houston Area who had applied for their education benefits.

“I am hopeful that the additional staffing at the Houston VA Regional Office will reduce the time it takes to process claims and ensure that veterans receive their benefits in a timely manner. Given the reports regarding the backlog in GI Bill benefits claims, this news will be appreciated by Veterans in my Congressional district,” said Congressman Al Green.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 2,200 people have been hired nationally to work in benefits offices, including 500 new staff members who have been hired as permanent employees.

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