As a veteran, I used the VA system after departing the military. I grew frustrated because I experienced long wait times. Over time the VA has improved, but we still have a lot to do to ensure our Vets get quality care in a timely manner. Republicans have voiced a preference for privatizing the VA. I do not support the privatization of the VA. In recent years the VA came up with a program to allow Veterans to receive teatment from private care providers. While I do understand that not all treatment can be done at the VA my greatest fear is the chiseling away of the primary purpose of the VA.
In Congress I will work on funding additional VA centers in rural areas. Not only will this provide the care our Veterans need closer to home but will create jobs for the community.
After getting out of the military it took a little time to adapt to civilian life. Converting what I did in the military to what is equivalent in the civilian world, healthcare you name it there were differences. I can only images soldiers who have served in hostile environments on to be discharged with PTSD. In Congress I will work towards creating “My Brothers Keeper”. A program that’s not so different from “AAA”. Where soldiers that have experienced combat and was successfully able to adapt after discharge could mentor other soldiers that are currently dealing with PTSD. I idea came from after I left the military how I’m still closer to those we are serving or served. A bond that seems to never end.