We owe a great debt to the men and women who defend and have defended our country, which means we must make sure that we are supporting local military families and veterans. We need to guarantee that they will receive prompt and high-quality care at VA clinics, and we need to increase funding for programs that provide aid for wounded veterans, and support programs that help these men and women find jobs once they get home.
As the son of a World War II veteran, I take these issues very personally, and as a former member of the House Armed Services committee, I am proud of my record as a champion for the military.
I have fought to strengthen the missions of our military bases that mean so much to our local economy. Many folks in our district work as civilians, serve as active duty, or have a family member who does one of the two at Laughlin Air Force Base, Lackland Air Force Base, Brooke Army Medical Center and Fort Bliss. My efforts to invest in our military will better position our community to attract high paying jobs, and I will fight against future attempts to close bases.
I am proud to say that there are few in Congress who have done more than me to honor and to help returning military veterans. I played a large role in passing VA Reform while in Congress, while also sponsoring legislation to help wounded veterans in rural areas travel to medical centers, passing legislation to help returning veterans find better job opportunities in advanced manufacturing, and working to restore the benefits to veterans which had been cut. I plan to continue working hard for our military families and veterans.