U.S. Representative Barry Moore (AL-02) joined House Veterans’ Affairs Committee (HVAC) Ranking Member Mike Bost (IL-12) and Rep. Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03) in sending a letter to HVAC Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) urging him to reconvene HVAC immediately to conduct a full committee hearing about the implications of President Biden’s failed Afghanistan withdrawal on the mental and emotional wellbeing of our nation’s veterans.
“The American people owe a great debt to our veterans, and Congress cannot let them down during this extremely emotional and painful period,” said Rep. Moore. “The House Veterans Affairs Committee must reconvene immediately to examine the impacts of our failed Afghanistan retreat on the mental health of our veterans. Congress must send the clear message to all those who served that their sacrifices will never be forgotten and our joint resolve to support them is unshaken.”
“As the world bears witness to the Biden Administration’s failure in Afghanistan, the VA Committee must be laser focused on supporting the veterans who served there,” said Ranking Member Bost. “We know this continued crisis is already taking a toll on veterans’ mental health. That’s why I joined my colleagues in calling on Chairman Takano to hold a hearing to ensure the men and women who served have what they need to cope. We should have no higher priority.”
“As a physician of more than 30 years, I am deeply concerned about the psychological impact that President Biden’s failed withdrawal is having on veterans and active-duty service members across the country,” said Rep. Murphy. “I represent over 89,000 veterans in North Carolina’s Third District, which includes Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Every day I am hearing from veterans and their loved ones who express serious concern regarding ongoing events in Afghanistan. As members of HVAC, we have an obligation to provide resources for our veterans and assure them that they are not alone. There is never any shame in asking for help. I urge Chairman Takano to call our committee back to Washington immediately so we can hear from experts and discuss much-needed veteran mental health services in the wake of this crisis — we simply cannot afford to wait.”
Additional co-signers of the letter include: Rep. Jack Bergman (MI-01), Rep. Madison Cawthorn (NC-11), Rep. Matthew Rosendale, Sr. (MT at-large), Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02), and Rep. Jake Ellzey (TX-06).