Takano takes helm of VA committee, inspired by 'positive force' of incoming House members
WASHINGTON — When Congressman Mark Takano took the stage over the weekend at a student veterans convention in Orlando, Fla., it marked his first public address as chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs — a position that will enable him to set priorities in Congress for veterans for the next two years.
Takano, 58, stood in front of some 2,000 people, many of them in their 20s and 30s and using their GI Bill benefits to earn degrees. They convened for the Student Veterans of America National Convention, an annual event designed to educate and inspire a generation of veterans preparing to enter the workforce.
In a speech that went far off script, Takano, D-Calif., spoke to the group about the increasing diversity among veterans and his plan to ensure everyone was recognized for their service — a recognition that he feels has been lacking during the past two years.
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