Senator Bernie Sanders met with Elizabeth Cukor and Emily Blistein of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England to discuss family planning issues and legislation that expands access to contraception, preventive health care services and sex education programs.
Senator Bernie Sanders addressed activists of Pre-K Now on Capitol Hill and presented awards to Lisa Ventriss and Mary Barrosse Schwartz in recognition of their exceptional leadership in Vermont. Pre-K Now is a public education and advocacy organization that advances high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten for all three and four year olds.
Kathleen Buck, Special Education Director of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, and Erin McGuire of the Chittenden Central Supervisory Board met with Senator Bernie Sanders and his staff to discuss special education needs in Vermont.
Senator Bernie Sanders met with Vermont State Rep. Dexter Randall to discuss agriculture issues, including milk and dairy prices and the current farm bill. Dexter, a dairy farmer from Troy, represents sections of Orleans and Franklin counties in the Vermont State House. Also attending the meeting were Rev. Linda Maloney of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Enosburg Falls, and Stephanie Demmons of Oxfam America.
An innovative Vermont outreach program for troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan is the model for a $30-million national pilot project that Senator Bernie Sanders will ask the Senate to approve when it resumes work this week on a defense authorization bill. "My hope is that increased coordination between the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs and local and state organizations will mean that veterans and their families will be better informed and more likely to get the care they deserve," Sanders said.
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From left to right sat panelists Chaplain Jim MacIntyre of the VT National Guard, Adjutant General Michael Dubie, Sen. Sanders, Gary M. DeGasta director of the White River Junction VA Medical Center, and Dr. Andrew Pomerantz from the White River Junction VA Medical Center.