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Honorable Tim Walz

Representing the 1st District of MINNESOTA

Walz Holds Roundtable on Veterans’ Affairs in Owatonna

Mar 3, 2017
Press Release
Joins with local veterans’ advocates to talk priorities for 115th Congress, future of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

OWATONNA, MN – Today, U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Tim Walz (MN-01) held his third Veterans Roundtable since the beginning of the 115th Congress with local veterans’ advocates in Minnesota’s First Congressional District to discuss priorities to bring back to Washington, and the future of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

“I want to thank VFW Post 3723 Commander Michael Pierce, Owatonna Mayor Thomas Kuntz, and all those who gathered at the Roundtable in Owatonna today,” said Representative Walz. “The personal experiences and views shared today will without a doubt guide the Congress as we continue to move forward with reforming the VA so that it cares for all our nation’s heroes. Our veterans are counting on us to uphold our promises to them, and I am looking forward to continue working with veterans’ advocates in the First District and across the U.S. to ensure we leave no veteran behind.”

Rep. Walz remains dedicated to bringing the voices of southern Minnesotans back to Capitol Hill. Among the priorities identified by Rep. Walz and Roundtable attendees today were:

  • Reducing the VA claims backlog without cutting corners
  • Caring for those who care for our veterans
  • Developing a veteran-centered health care system that preserves VA’s core mission and utilizes the private sector where it makes common sense

On January 11, Rep. Walz was chosen by his colleagues to serve as Ranking Member on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs in the 115th Congress. Having served on the Committee since first coming to Congress in 2007, he has made honoring our commitments to those who have served this nation in uniform one of his top priorities. Walz is the highest-ranking enlisted soldier to serve in Congress.