Supporting Those Who Have Served
Like so many of my fellow Alaskans, I realize the responsibility that our Nation has to ensure the care of our brave soldiers. As a veteran myself, having served in the U.S. Army 41st Tank Battalion, I have made the support of our Nation’s veterans one of my top priorities. Alaska is blessed with brave and intelligent soldiers who have volunteered to protect us and keep us safe. In honor of these brave men and women, I have cosponsored numerous bills and supported multiple others in the 113th Congress to assist our veterans and provide them with the care and benefits they have earned through sacrifices to our Nation. This is not just political rhetoric, this is a fact, and it is a debt which we owe them.
One item that continues to concern me is the major failures by the Department of Veterans Affairs, particularly the manipulation of data and appointment records at VA medical facilities across the country and the overwhelming backlog facing our veterans. These catastrophic failures by the VA are unacceptable and I will continue to support efforts that ensure they never happen again.
I have also worked tirelessly on the issues of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), which affect a large population of our troops returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have cosponsored a number of bills supporting increased treatment and access to treatment for PTSD and TBI, and I will continue to do all that I can to ensure that our troops returning from war are well taken care of and have ample access to any treatment they need.
It has been my honor to work in support of Alaska’s Veterans and those across this nation, and I look forward to continuing that support into the future.