Agenda for Veterans
I was raised to respect and honor our veterans. My father is a veteran of the Vietnam-era, and my grandfather a veteran of World War II’s Pacific Theater – the former Commanding General of the 100th Division, U.S. Army Reserves. When I visited the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial overlooking Omaha Beach in northern France in August 2001 I truly began to appreciate the significance of what our veterans have given to our nation and the world. The memorial covers over 170 acres and contains the graves of 9,387 of our military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations.
REPRESENTING VETERANS IN CONGRESS
No greater responsibility exists than ensuring that those who sacrificed for our freedoms have adequate representation in Washington, D.C. That is one of the main reasons I created the Sixth District Veterans Coalition. This coalition has enabled me to maintain a productive working relationship with veterans throughout the Sixth District and has better equipped me to advocate on their behalf in our nation’s capital.
President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid attempted to politicize veterans during the October 2013 government shutdown. I took action and voted in support of HJ. Res. 72: the Honoring Our Promise to America’s Veteran’s Act, which would have ensured that our nations veterans would continue to receive the most timely benefits and services regardless of political gridlock. It was unacceptable and disappointing for Washington politicians to politicize critical payments to America’s veterans.
CONTINUED ADVOCACY FOR VETERANS
I will never stop advocating for policies that benefit United States veterans. We have a duty to adequately care for each and every person who has sacrificed to protect the freedoms we all enjoy today. As long as I remain in Congress, I will uphold this duty and do everything within my power to support America’s veterans.