While I’ve been blessed with a great post-military career in commercial aviation, many of our veterans separate from service still in their 20s and 30s, without having served long enough to earn a retirement. They are scarred from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. They come home to an economy that still isn’t working for blue-collar folks or those just starting out.
Because veterans “benefits” have been earned, I refer to them as veterans “rights.” One of the things I want to work on as the 15th District’s congressman is ensuring that the VA has the resources to simply fulfill the promises we’ve already made to vets. Second, I want Congress to step up its oversight of the department and rigorously investigate the VA’s institutional incompetencies – and put the heat on the executive branch to clean house where needed and get the VA working again.
The current Congress, the least productive in history, is incapable of bringing about positive change in the VA. It’s populated by party-first career politicians (like my opponent) who are beholden to the big businesses and wealthy donors who write the checks that fund their campaign war chests and first-class lifestyles. They’re not on our side.
Only through the support of generous contributions from individual donors will this campaign continue to get our message out. Unlike my opponent, I don’t have the financial support of Wall Street and the insurance industry. I need you - and I appreciate your consideration.