Thank you for your service
Veterans typically experience unemployment at twice the national rate. This is not acceptable. Our government needs to incentivize private industry to employ our veterans and put their valuable skills to good use.
It is estimated that veterans make up 10% of the homeless population. This is a disproportionate amount. Many homeless veterans, approximately 50%, are disabled. Most of the homeless veterans, approximately 75%, suffer from mental health issues. Much of the disability and mental health issues are service-related. Our government needs to help them with their physical and mental disabilities.
The saddest statistic of all is that veterans represent 20% of all suicides in the US. My conscience will not allow me to do nothing about that.
Congress MUST do more to help Veterans ~ things like strengthening their financial security, stabilizing their housing, increasing access to mental health care for them, improving safe storage practices for firearms and medicines, promoting community engagement, and identifying and intervening with those most at-risk.
As your representative, I will introduce and fight for legislation to serve those who have served their country.