I grew up listening to my uncles tell stories about their time spent overseas fighting in World War II. It was from them that I learned at an early age about the values of honor, bravery, and humility shared by American service members. We owe so much to veterans like my uncles who put their lives on the line in order to fight for our freedom.

During my time as a State Senator, I worked closely with the veteran communities to ensure that whatever legislation was brought forth was beneficial, timely, and appropriate to the needs within our veteran community. I learned first-hand how valuable the veteran voice is, not only just during national holidays when we thank them for their service, but also as invaluable partners alongside our elected officials. Together we can all work to secure sound programs and effective policies that prove their service was and is appreciated. 

Unfortunately, too many people in Washington have praised veterans’ sacrifices while simultaneously working to weaken the very programs they depend upon. The VA is under constant attack and being used as a political pawn in partisan games when lives are at stake and suffering is unbearable. It is a shame that we live in a country where we lose 22 veterans a day to suicide, yet national leaders fail to prioritize programmatic support. Let us not forget to mention the United States Postal Service, which employs nearly a 100,000 veterans and delivers critical medication to our service members living in rural communities, is at threat of being defunded.

They deserve better. When elected to office, I’ll work my hardest to ensure that they get just that.

My Priorities for Veterans:

  • Fight against efforts to undermine and privatize the VA, which would force veterans to pay more for lesser quality of care.
  • Expand veterans’ access to care, particularly for those that live in rural communities.
  • Invest in mental health and suicide prevention programs tailored to working with service members and their families.
  • Empower veteran entrepreneurship success by investing in viable training programs.
  • Established an enhanced comprehensive transition program to support military to civilian transition.
  • Support strategies that require providers to grow funds for veterans to obtain affordable housing and decrease homelessness.
  • Working to advance equity in provisions to access to resources, benefits and healthcare for women veterans, while developing policies that specifically focused on supporting women veterans.
  • Supporting the cause to fully fund the United States Postal Service, highlighting its invaluable service to the veteran community.