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DAV recognizes Baldwin's efforts for veterans

Members of Disabled American Veterans pose with U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., after presenting the Outstanding Senate Legislator of the Year award for her work on behalf on veterans. Submitted photo

Disabled American Veterans recognized outstanding veterans Feb. 15 in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., was among the recipients of the honor. Baldwin received the "Outstanding Senate Legislator of the Year" award for her work to combat the opioid epidemic among veterans and service members.

According to the DAV, Baldwin has demonstrated strong leadership and a willingness to work across party lines to combat the opioid epidemic to ensure ill and injured veterans receive personalized care and safe alternatives for pain management.

"As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, (Baldwin) has consistently fought for adequate funding for veterans programs and to expand the veterans' caregiver program," the DAV noted on its website.

"Our veterans and their families deserve real solutions to the challenges they face. I am proud to have worked to address these issues through collaborating with my colleagues across the aisle and fostering strong partnerships with organizations like Disabled American Veterans so that we can have a meaningful impact on the lives of those that have served and sacrificed for our country," Baldwin said in a prepared statement.

Nine people were recognized this year for their work on behalf of veterans.

"The recipients of this year's advocacy awards have demonstrated what it means to keep the promise to the men and women who served," said Delphine Metcalf-Foster, DAV national commander. "They each possess an unmatched dedication to fighting for the best interests of veterans and their families. It is a great honor to present these awards that recognize their critical contributions in the areas of veterans' health care, benefits, policy and legislation."