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In Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Hearing, Sinema discussed her efforts getting Arizona veterans the benefits they’ve earned with The American Legion National Commander Paul E. Dillard
Sinema highlighted her work with The American Legion on an ATLAS Pod in Wickenburg, AZ, extending telehealth services to rural veterans
WASHINGTON – In a joint Congressional Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing, Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema discussed her work delivering for Arizona veterans with The American Legion National Commander Paul E. Dillard.
“The American Legion was instrumental in placing an ATLAS Pod in Wickenburg, Arizona, saving veterans hours of transportation to the nearest VA clinic. We look forward to continuing to work with The American Legion to support and promote that site, so it can serve Arizona veterans to the fullest extent possible,” said Sinema, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
The American Legion shared with Sinema its legislative goals and priorities for the year, which included expanded telehealth services for veterans in rural areas. Last year, The American Legion was instrumental in working with Sinema to secure an ATLAS Pod in Wickenburg, Arizona, saving veterans hours of unnecessary transportation to the nearest VA clinic. Sinema pledged to continue working with The American Legion on promoting that site, and others like it, to serve Arizona veterans to the fullest extent possible.
During the hearing, Sinema questioned Commander Dillard about housing issues and opportunities for veterans, specifically regarding home-ownership, and how to better equip veterans with the knowledge and resources available to them when applying for a mortgage. Sinema emphasized the need for widespread disclosure of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs home loan benefit, which could save veterans money on mortgage insurance, down payments, closing costs, and, in some cases, interest rates.
Since 1919, The American Legion has advocated on behalf of veterans, active-duty military, and their families. A nonpartisan and non-profit membership organization, it has over 2 million members and 14,000 posts nationwide, making it the largest Veterans Service Organization (VSO) in the United States. Sinema has long worked alongside The American Legion to ensure Arizona veterans have access to the benefits they’ve earned. In 2019, Sinema’s LEGION Act, which extends American Legion membership to honorably discharged veterans since World War II, became law.