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Cathy cares about veterans

Our political debate has grown so negative, I am glad to share a positive story.

My uncle served in the Korean War. Unfortunately he’s one of many veterans who lost their service records in the 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center. Now my uncle is suffering from late-stage Alzheimer’s, and because he lives some distance away, he ended up without veterans’ support, vulnerable and abused by a supposed “care giver.”

I asked our congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers for help, and she took a personal interest in my uncle’s situation. Cathy helped us register him with the Veteran Affairs Department so he could get emergency medical assistance and Social Security benefits. It was a long, complicated process, but we were able to get him the support he needed.

This is the kind of work done by Cathy McMorris Rodgers – work that is unseen but that has tremendous value. It takes a lot of heart, and a hard work ethic. Cathy has both.

Cathy’s support for veterans is outstanding, from modernizing veterans’ access to health care and the storage of medical records, to pushing the VA to finally issue identity cards to veterans. She has my heartfelt gratitude.

Patricia Kienholz



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