Ensuring that our veterans receive the best possible care and can succeed as civilians after they leave the military is critical. For too long, the endless bureaucracy and red tape at the VA have protected underperforming and negligent employees instead of supporting our veterans.
My father is a veteran of WWII and served in a unit that was the "eyes and ears" of the Fifteenth Corps Artillery. So as Representative, I will continue to proudly stand with our nation's veterans and their families.
Efforts I’ve supported on behalf of veterans include improving medical services, and increasing cost of living adjustments, and disability compensation rates, as well as dependency and indemnity compensation rates for survivors of certain service-connected disabilities.
Because finding a job and establishing economic independence and security can be difficult for veterans and their families as they transition from active duty to civilian status, I’ve supported efforts to reform veteran job training and placement programs through a new system of incentives and accountability measures aimed at providing more economic security.
In addition, I have worked to pass into law the Veterans' Survivor Benefits Improvements Act that increases health care benefits for surviving spouses, extends life insurance coverage to spouses and children to help these families in their time of need and increases the amount of educational assistance for survivors and dependents, as well as the rates of veterans' basic educational assistance under the Montgomery GI Bill.
I supported H.R. 1627, a comprehensive bill to help provide for the needs of veterans, their families, and survivors. This legislation has been signed into laws, and contains provisions that improve healthcare, housing, education, and memorial services. The bill also expands the accountability and transparency of the VA.
Veterans have given selflessly to our nation and I will continue working to improve the security and overall welfare of our veterans.