Veterans Issues

We, as Americans, must remember those who have sacrificed in honor of our American principles.  These are the veterans of our wars, past, present and future -- they are the ones who have stood guard over the principles that have created this great nation.  And it is in their memory and names that we must commit to ourselves that we will never forget their sacrifices, that we will not allow their blood to have been shed in vain and that we will, every day, act in accordance with those principles that they fought for.  We must always pay tribute to those who have made our nation great, strong, and most importantly – free.


  • I am a Member of the House Veterans’ Mental Health Caucus.

  • I have cosponsored H.Res.111, which establishes a Select Committee on POW and MIA Affairs.

  • I am a cosponsor of H.R. 303, the Retired Pay Restoration Act, which enacts full concurrent receipt for America’s disabled military retirees. I am also a cosponsor of H.R. 178, the Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act, which would end the so-called “widow’s tax”, a dollar-for-dollar offset of payments between the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) and the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) Program.

  • I voted in support of H.R. 2433, the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act, which incorporates education, training and protections, and eliminates roadblocks in the system to provide veterans with the opportunity to compete in a 21st century economy.  This bipartisan legislation passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 418-6 on October 12, 2011.

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