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Chet Edwards (US House Dist 17) Gets AMVETS award
 


13 March 2009 at 2:47:06 PM
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Edwards Honored with National AMVETS Congressional Award Given to Only One Member of Congress
 
(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Representative Chet Edwards was honored by the national veterans group AMVETS, on Thursday with their 2009 Congressional Silver Helmet Award, given to only one Member of Congress annually for outstanding service to veterans, troops, and their families. During his two years as Chairman of the House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, Edwards authored legislation increasing veterans’ health care and benefits by $16.3 billion, the largest veterans funding increase in the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
 
“It is a privilege to work alongside AMVETS to improve health care and benefits for America’s veterans, and I am deeply humbled by this honor,” said Edwards. “There is much more work to do, but this historic $16.3 billion funding increase represents a new day for America’s veterans and their families, who have earned every dime of it through their service and sacrifice for country.”
 
The Silver Helmet Award is a unique silver replica of a WWII GI helmet. The award was first presented in 1954 to Gen. George C. Marshall in recognition of his contributions as a soldier, statesman, and American. Today, the award recognizes excellence and outstanding accomplishment in the fields of Americanism, defense, rehabilitation, congressional and civil service.
 
“Congressman Edwards has demonstrated a sustained commitment to our nation and the veterans’ community, and it is an honor to recognize his contributions,” said AMVETS National Commander John C. Hapner. “In his first year as chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for funding the VA, Edwards made veterans his top priority and secured vital funding to ensure that our veterans receive timely and sufficient care.  Congressman Edwards’ actions certainly keep with the greatest traditions of AMVETS.”

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