“No one who has fought for our nation in the Armed Forces should have to fight for a paycheck, proper health care or a roof over their head when they come home. We must make sure our veterans and their families receive the benefits they have earned.”
As a Vietnam veteran who was wounded in combat I understand the sacrifices our service members and their families make when they sign up to serve our country in the Armed Forces. We have a responsibility to make sure these heroes and heroines, who have bought our freedoms with their sacrifice, get the benefits they have earned.
No one who has fought for our nation in the Armed Forces should have to fight for a paycheck, proper health care or a roof over their head when they come home.
We need to strengthen health care services for all our veterans – from the catastrophically disabled to those suffering from PTS, depression and traumatic brain injuries. And, we must make sure our veterans have opportunities – the opportunity to get a quality education, the opportunity to get a good-paying job, and the opportunity for a dignified retirement.
I have worked to make sure our country fulfills these promises.
As co-chair and founder of the bipartisan Congressional Military Veterans Caucus, I passed a bipartisan bill in the House that will make sure veterans who return from combat with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress have access to the best and most innovative treatments available – even if they are outside of the VA system.
I have held the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) accountable for reducing the backlog of claims at the Veterans Benefits Administration. Our veterans and their families must be able to receive the benefits they have earned, and it is unacceptable for a veteran to be forced to wait for care and benefits, in some cases for more than a year, because the VA is backlogged.
I supported the 21st century GI Bill that helps make sure vets can get an affordable college education, and when I noticed a glitch in the GI bill that would disadvantage California veterans, I co-authored legislation to ensure our state’s veterans were able to receive the same educational benefits as veterans elsewhere.
I have introduced bipartisan legislation to provide tax credits for businesses that hire veterans, and funding for job training.
I’ve worked to increase job opportunities for veterans in high-growth fields like the energy sector and fought to ensure that veteran-owned small businesses can compete fairly for federal contracts.
I’ve worked for expanded homeownership opportunities to and refinancing options for veterans, and have supported investments to help reduce veteran homelessness.
As all veterans well know, military service is a family commitment. That is why we must honor their sacrifices the best way we know how – by always taking care of our heroes and their mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters, and fellow soldiers they left behind.