My dad was a World War II veteran. He was injured in training towards the end of the war, an injury that ended his military career and that he never fully recovered from. He bore that injury with dignity, and no small amount of pain, for the rest of his life.
As a child growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, I not only had the privilege of my father’s experience, but through him was exposed to so many of The Greatest Generation who were born into the Great Depression, who had served in World War II and Korea, and who had a future vision and a capacity for shared sacrifice that, in the midst of the current crisis, our leadership is unable to inspire in later generations.
Our commitment to our military service men and women, and their families, must last their lifetime. By supporting our veterans, we not only bolster our military, but we also enable them to fully contribute to our economy and our society on their return to civilian life.
To that end, I will:
- Oppose efforts to privatize the Veterans Affairs department – many of the services veterans require are specific to their service and best served by a veteran-centric organization
- Improve timeliness and quality of services provided by the Veterans Health Administration by streamlining access through use of technology and flexible service delivery options, no matter where veterans may live
- Assure access to a full range of mental health services to end the epidemic of veteran suicides
- Ensure that military spouses have access to educational opportunities and employment support and that children of military families have access to quality education
- Wherever possible, redefine VA metrics to focus on successful outcomes for our veterans rather than sheer number of veterans served and volume of services delivered.