I am a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, my father is a Vietnam veteran, and my grandfather was a World War II veteran. Between my combat tours, I served at Arlington National Cemetery, where I performed funerals for our fallen veterans; I also took my soldiers to visit their wounded comrades at Walter Reed. I understand personally the sacrifices of our veterans and I will always ensure that we honor their service and patriotism.
I will work in Congress to uphold Abraham Lincoln’s injunction to “care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.” I will fight to preserve and protect veterans’ benefits, which are truly a form of deferred compensation for those who performed the highest service to our country. I will also work to ensure that the Department of Veterans Affairs modernizes its processes and has the resources needed to timely and accurately process benefits claims. I will promote veterans’ employment, both for reservists who are returning to civilian life and veterans leaving active duty. Finally, I will support measures to improve military quality of life for our veterans who are still serving and for their families, who sacrifice in their own right.
More on Veterans Issues
Today I spoke on the House Floor in support of H.R. 1742, the Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act of 2013. H.R. 1742 passed the House by voice vote. A video and full transcript of his remarks can be found below.
- Financial Services Subcommittee Hearing: This week, the Financial Services Committee Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee held a hearing examining how the Dodd-Frank Act hampers home ownership. As you may know, I feel very strongly that Dodd-Frank should be fully repealed.