I am committed to ensuring that every veteran, service member, and military family has access to the support they have earned through their service to our country. That is why, each year, I host a Veterans Resource Fair, where veterans can find assistance with VA benefits, transportation resources, health screenings, housing options, mental health services, and more. Whether our veterans need assistance receiving benefits at the VA or they’re simply looking for opportunities to engage with the community, my annual resource fair is an opportunity to connect them with organizations and service officers who are ready to help.
In Congress, I have fought for bipartisan legislation to reform the Veterans Administration, including solutions that increase transparency at the VA and allow veterans access to private doctors. No veteran who has put his or her life at risk for the security of our nation should be denied timely and quality care by the VA. In addition to supporting bipartisan legislative reforms like the Veterans’ Access, Choice and Accountability Act, I have offered my own legislative amendments specifically focused on delivering cutting-edge care to veterans living in rural communities.
With my support, Congress passed the historic Honoring Our PACT Act which President Joe Biden signed on August 10, 2022. The law provides the largest expansion in veterans health care benefits in three decades, ensuring that veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances during their service can access the treatment they need.
While these legislative victories take an important step forward in our work to reform the VA, I believe we still have work to do ensuring that our veterans and military families have access to the care and benefits they have earned. I promise to keep fighting for all those who have bravely served our country.