Apr 23 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Recently, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), both members of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, to honor Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) for their work supporting veterans amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 
The resolution discusses the immense challenges that veterans have faced during the pandemic, including the loss of more than 10,000 veterans to COVID-19, as well as more than one million veterans losing their jobs.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Veterans Service Organizations have remained committed to supporting veterans with whatever they need to succeed,” said Senator Tillis. “Their selfless work deserves to be recognized, and I’m pleased my Senate colleagues voted to pass this bipartisan resolution to honor our nation’s VSOs.”
The resolution states, “Be it resolved, that the Senate honors and recognizes the patriotism and service to the United States provided by [VSOs] during the COVID–19 pandemic; commends efforts by VSOs to improvise and adapt to the challenges posed by COVID–19 to continue to support veterans in need, especially those left most vulnerable by the COVID–19 pandemic; and supports efforts by VSOs to enable veterans, their families, and their caregivers to receive the COVID–19 vaccine.”
The resolution follows a series of hearings that the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee held to hear from VSOs about how they are serving veterans at this challenging time and ways that Congress can build on these efforts.
In addition to Senators Tillis and Hassan, U.S. Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), John Boozman (R-AR), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) joined in introducing the resolution.
Read the full resolution here.