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Courtney Congratulates Linda Schwartz on Nomination to U.S. Veterans Affairs Post

August 2, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) released the following statement congratulating Connecticut’s Commissioner of Veterans Affairs, Linda Schwartz, on her presidential nomination to serve as Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Courtney sent a letter on May 22nd to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki recommending Schwartz for the post.

“Linda Schwartz’s tireless efforts as Commissioner of Veterans Affairs in Connecticut are evidence of the dedication she has to all those who have served our country. As an Air Force veteran who suffered an injury during her service, and as a nurse and advocate, she has firsthand knowledge of the veterans’ health care system. Her initiatives have helped to reduce homelessness among veterans, and under her watch, access to a variety of support services for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan has expanded. She initiated a renovation of the state’s veterans home in Rocky Hill, modernizing living quarters, improving privacy and comfort for veterans, and constructing a state-of-the-art unit to house veterans with Alzheimer’s. While we will miss her leadership in Connecticut, this new post will give her the opportunity to improve the lives of America’s veterans.

“Linda’s dedication and knowledge will serve our nation’s veterans well, and I urge the Senate to swiftly confirm her nomination.”