Senator Collins Meets with Maine Leaders from Disabled American Veterans

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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with leadership from the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Department of Maine, in her Washington, D.C., office.  Those in attendance included Richard Brunelle, State Commander, Craig Florey, Legislative Chairman, and Gary Burns.


“With nearly 1,300 chapters across the country, DAV is a leader in supporting the brave men and women who have defended our nation in uniform,” said Senator Collins.  “Richard, Craig, and Gary are impressive advocates, and I look forward to our continued work together to ensure that veterans have access to the benefits and resources they have earned through their service.”


In December, legislation authored by Senators Collins and Doug Jones (D-AL) to repeal the military widow’s tax was signed into law as part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).


As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Collins championed provisions in the FY 2020 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding bill to improve rural veterans’ access to health care, support veteran caregivers, increase access to mental health services and suicide prevention outreach, and decrease veteran homelessness.


DAV is a veteran service organization that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than one million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year.