The Kirk Report - Week in Review

Senator Mark Kirk
2013-08-20 11:29:11
The Kirk Report Dear Friends, With Congress in recess this month, I am traveling around Illinois to hear about the issues most important to you and to update you about my work in Washington on your behalf.� HELPING VETERANS FIND JOBS�**AND RECEIVE BENEFITS* [image = www.kirk.senate.gov/images/vet1.jpg] Last year, 51,965 Illinois veterans were unemployed.� The best way to help a veteran when he or she returns home from war is to find that veteran a job. That's why I co-founded the Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and that's why, last Wednesday, I joined together with Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock to co-host the�Central Illinois Veterans Employment and Resource Fair [link 1]�in Peoria. More than 600 people attended the fair, which included more than 80 Illinois employers - all looking to hire - and 30 veterans advocacy groups. I am pleased to report that some veterans even got job offers on the spot. At the fair, I also highlighted my 10-point plan to reduce the claims backlog at the Veterans Administration, which now stands at more than 550 days for Illinois veterans - the fourth-worst in the country. One veteran at the fair,�Carl Horton, has been waiting more than 700 days to hear back on a benefits claim related to a heart condition. With VA representatives on hand to help veterans navigate the disability claims process, I was honored to personally walk Mr.�Horton�over to the VA representatives and advocate on his behalf.� To watch a report about the fair from Peoria news station WEEK,�click here [link 2]. To learn more about our bipartisan 10-step plan to eliminate the VA claims backlog, click here [link 3]. *SPRINGFIELD COMMUNITY OUTREACH* [image = www.kirk.senate.gov/images/SJCRC.JPG] After leaving Peoria, I had the pleasure of returning to our state capital for the first time since my stroke. In Springfield, I stopped by the Illinois State Fair and heard directly from residents and small business owners. I also had the opportunity to meet with the Springfield Jewish Community Relations Council to discuss a wide range of domestic and foreign policy priorities, including the security of Israel, Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability, immigration reform and poverty.� *KEEPING UP WITH HEALTH CARE ISSUES* [image = www.kirk.senate.gov/images/HCmeeting.png] I know better than most about the important role health care plays in people�s lives. Before leaving Springfield, Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis and I met with my Health Care Advisory Board at St. John's Hospital to discuss the local impact of the Affordable Care Act on jobs, costs and patient care. We also discussed the importance of rehabilitation and graduate health education. To read more about our Health Care Advisory Board meeting, click here [link 4].� *STAY IN TOUCH* To learn more about my work on your behalf, please visit my website�www.kirk.senate.gov [link 5].�To follow me on Twitter�click here [link 6], and to like my Facebook page�click here [link 7]. It is an honor to represent you in the Senate. Very Truly Yours, [image = kirk.enews.senate.gov/images/kirksigNoBg.png] Mark Kirk United States Senator
August 20, 2013

SPRINGFIELD COMMUNITY OUTREACH

After leaving Peoria, I had the pleasure of returning to our state capital for the first time since my stroke. In Springfield, I stopped by the Illinois State Fair and heard directly from residents and small business owners.

I also had the opportunity to meet with the Springfield Jewish Community Relations Council to discuss a wide range of domestic and foreign policy priorities, including the security of Israel, Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability, immigration reform and poverty. 

KEEPING UP WITH HEALTH CARE ISSUES

I know better than most about the important role health care plays in people�s lives. Before leaving Springfield, Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis and I met with my Health Care Advisory Board at St. John's Hospital to discuss the local impact of the Affordable Care Act on jobs, costs and patient care. We also discussed the importance of rehabilitation and graduate health education.

To read more about our Health Care Advisory Board meeting,

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