Military Service Members and Veterans
Those who join the military have a deep love of country and freedom. I have two cousins who currently serve our nation, two cousins and an uncle who are veterans, and a departed grandfather who served our nation and all of Western civilization in World War II. Through conversations with them and friends who have served, I know that we can do a much better job of caring for those who currently serve our country and those who have sacrificed much in the name of freedom.
No military service member’s family should have to live paycheck to paycheck, yet up to 25% of active and reserve families seek aid from food banks and other charities. Still others are using food stamps and CHIP to support their families. Junior members of the military may earn in the high $30,000 range, taking into account housing and food allowances. If that service member is the sole income earner for a family, then you have a family who is at or just above the income requirements for SNAP, WIC, TANF, and Medicaid. We must do better for those who put their lives on the line to protect our country’s freedoms.
Speak to a veteran and you will hear from a person who has likely made physical, mental, and moral sacrifices for civilians out of a sense of duty and love of country. You will also likely hear about how the government does not support them as it should when they return home from war. The VA should be fully funded, and Trump’s movement toward privatization of the VA must not be allowed. Our veterans are at higher risk of unemployment, homelessness, and mental health issues such as depression and PTSD. We cannot turn a blind eye to our veterans. They deserve our unwavering support, and I will fight for laws and policies that ensure that no veteran has to sleep on the streets or fight for the medical care that they deserve.