Generations of my family have served, which is why I know how important it is to fulfill our sacred obligation to care for America’s Veterans. We need to consider their care and support for their families a cost of war and plan accordingly. I worked with legislators from both parties to pass the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act as an important step toward addressing the epidemic of Veteran suicide. Having treated patients while working in a post-deployment clinic for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, I can attest that there is much more to be done.
- Oppose extremist efforts to privatize the VA, which would jeopardize Veterans’ access to care specific to their healthcare needs
- Provide funding and qualified staff to the VA in order to ensure timely, Veteran-specific healthcare
- Empower private providers with tools to fill gaps in underserved areas
- Work to end Veteran homelessness by applying strategies nationwide that have proven successful in Virginia and Connecticut
- Respect the contributions female Veterans have made to the armed forces and ensure access to essential health benefits and services for women
- Address the crisis of military sexual assault
- Recognize conditions Veterans suffer linked to toxic exposure during their service, and provide full health coverage and wraparound benefits to them and their families