Military service is one of the greatest honors a citizen can perform for his country. We owe it to our service men and women to treat them with the same dignity, respect, and sense of responsibility that they have already shown to us and our country. When our veterans return home, there must be full spectrum of programs and support systems in place.
We need to maintain a 21st Century GI Bill to provide educational opportunities to a new generation of American heroes. There must be world-class health care for our wounded veterans, those injured both physically and mentally. We must empower the VA to continue to offer these quality services to the men and women of our military once they return from service. Their sacrifice has been too great for us to forget about them as soon as they put their uniform away.
We must also support our military families and sustain them while their loved ones are deployed on active duty. They bear a tremendous burden just like their husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and siblings in uniform do.
In Congress, I will work to make sure that our veterans and their families are cared for and honored in the proper way their service demands. I promise that they will always have my ear, and I will always have their back, just as they do for us – at home and abroad.