Sen. Bernie Sanders has been honored by some of America's oldest and largest veterans organizations for his tireless advocacy on behalf of Veterans and military families.
VFW Congressional Award
After 8 years on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, 2 of them as chairman, it is no understatement to say that Sen. Sanders has truly taken care of wounded, ill and injured veterans and their surviving family members. He has been a commanding voice against changing the COLA calculations for disabled veterans, for the proper care and treatment of women veterans, for homeless veterans, for better employment opportunities and improved access to mental health programs, plus increased Congressional oversight of the VA claims processing transformation. When the VA imploded last year, he was the lead negotiator for the Veterans Access, CHOICE and Accountability Act, which the President signed into law last summer.
The VA still has an uphill climb to fix what's broken, to hold employees appropriately accountable, and to restore the faith of veterans in their VA. But veterans everywhere should be proud and comforted to know that this member of Congress has their back. The VFW Congressional Award has been presented annually since 1964 to one sitting member of the House or Senate for significant legislative contributions on behalf of those who have worn the uniform. This award is extremely important to us, because it recognizes that our military, our veterans, and our families, past and present, have a champion in our corner on Capitol Hill.
VFW Presents Sanders With Congressional Award (March 4, 2015)
American Legion Patriot Award
The American Legion Patriot Award is presented to Senator Bernie Sanders for your leadership as the chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Your dedication to those who have born the battle and their families is unquestionable. When systemic problems plaguing the Veterans Health Affairs administration were brought to your attention, you immediately ordered hearings and introduced legislation to improve the lives of patients and those trying to access care. You are a true champion of the need for a strong Veterans Affairs Healthcare system, and have been a powerful critic of attempts to privatize the Department of Veterans Affairs and its essential services. Your commitment to bringing accountability transparency and accessibility to the VA is highly commendable. On behalf of the 2.4 million members of the American Legion, thank you for your strong support of Veterans.
Sanders, Miller receive Legion's Patriot Award (August 26, 2014)
DAV Congressional Leadership Award
Disabled Veterans of America: "You have been a staunch advocate for making veterans funding a national priority. Your personal efforts led to important increases in funding for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment, Gulf War Illness research and adaptive housing grants for seriously disabled veterans."
MOAA Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award
Military Officers Association of America: "The Col. Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award will be given to Sanders for his leadership in a range of initiatives across the entire uniformed service community."
We are privileged to recognize great Americans who support a strong national defense and can always be counted as friends of those in uniform. -Vice Adm. Norb Ryan Jr., president of MOAA