March 24th, 2017
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s Newsletter 3/24/17
I've got some veterans-related news I want to share with you.
First—the deadline for my Veterans Customer Satisfaction Program is just around the corner (April 3). If you are a Missouri veteran who has received care at Missouri VA facilities, consider participating in my confidential survey. Your feedback helps me fight on behalf of veterans for the benefits they've earned.
Second—for any veterans who live in or visit Kansas City, you can now access the city's public transportation for free thanks to a three-year donation from the Kansas City AFL-CIO. I'm so proud of the generosity of our workers and the commitment of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority to do right by our veterans and their families. Missouri is just an amazing state. I'm also pushing legislation that would offer veterans discounted access to the National Park System. This benefit currently exists for active-duty military, and I think it's just common sense that we'd offer the same to our vets who bravely served.
Third—my offices are always buzzing with Missourians coming to address their concerns, but meeting with veterans and veterans organizations will always be one of the most cherished aspects of my job. My dad was a World War II veteran, and getting a chance to talk to Missouri veterans and learn how I can serve them makes me proud because I know it'd make my dad proud.
This week, I met with a Joplin veteran who is the Southwest Missouri Chapter Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart to discuss the importance of making sure our veterans receive the honor and recognition they deserve.
And recently, I sat down with veterans from American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars to discuss veterans' access to healthcare and benefits—which I then discussed with representatives of Missouri's VA system as well.
Finally, I was honored to find out that American Legion Post 99 was awarding me a Citation for Meritorious Service for my work on expanding service at the Salem, Missouri, Veterans Clinic. I was touched by the gesture and truly appreciative-but make no mistake, it's the members of organizations like American Legion and VFW—Missouri's veterans—that really deserve our praise and gratitude.