HONORING VETERANS & MILITARY FAMILIES
Unemployment, homelessness, and suicide rates among our nation’s veterans are unacceptably high, and I’ve worked to ensure that we, as a country, make the process of transitioning from active duty to civilian life a positive one for our veterans.
In Congress, I’m also working to protect veterans’ continued access to quality healthcare through our VA system and strengthen programs to improve our veterans’ transitions to the civilian workforce through credentialing, education, and job training programs. I will never stop fighting to make sure our nation’s veterans and their families receive the benefits they’ve earned through their selfless service, including mental health benefits.
I have also been doggedly focused on addressing the impact of toxic exposures on America’s veterans, and I am fighting to make sure these veterans receive the healthcare and recognition they deserve.
- Cosponsored and voted to pass the bipartisan Honoring our PACT Act to support American veterans facing service-connected healthcare challenges due to toxic exposures during their time in the military.
- Introduced the bipartisan Michael Lecik Military Firefighters Protection Act and worked with the late Mike Lecik, a Virginia veteran who faced exposure-related illnesses, to write this legislation — which would provide veteran military firefighters with the same presumptions of service-connected disability as their civilian counterparts.
- Led the successful charge to establish an annual designation of “National Atomic Veterans Day” to honor America’s atomic veterans — many of whom were sworn to secrecy and never received the medical care, compensation, or recognition they earned for their service.
- Introduced the William Collins Jet Fuel Exposure Recognition Act — named after a Virginia U.S. Air Force veteran living with Parkinson’s — to press the VA to conduct additional investigations into the dangerous impacts of consistent jet fuel exposure among U.S. servicemembers.
- Introduced the bipartisan Computers for Veterans and Students Act (COVS), which would allow certified, nonprofit refurbishing organizations to directly obtain, refurbish, and distribute repairable, surplus government computers to serve veterans, students, and seniors in need.
- Successfully pressed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to better address the needs of the growing women veteran population.
- Helped introduce legislation that would allow the VA to reimburse veterans for emergency ambulance transportation to non-VA hospitals.
- Supported legislation to improve mental health services coordination between veterans groups and other organizations to combat rising rates of veteran deaths by suicide.
- Led the introduction of a bipartisan resolution to establish “Purple Star Families Week” to honor and stand with the families impacted by veteran suicide across the country.
- CUTTING COSTS & GROWING VIRGINIA’S ECONOMY
- LOWERING HEALTHCARE & PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS
- PROTECTING SOCIAL SECURITY & MEDICARE
- CLEANING UP WASHINGTON
- HONORING VETERANS & MILITARY FAMILIES
- SAFEGUARDING FREEDOMS FOR WOMEN
- STRENGTHENING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY
- SUPPORTING FARMERS & VIRGINIA’S RURAL ECONOMY
- SECURING OUR BORDERS & FIXING OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM
- FUNDING THE POLICE
- PREVENTING GUN VIOLENCE
- SUPPORTING VIRGINIA STUDENTS
- DEFENDING RACIAL JUSTICE, EQUITY, AND CIVIL RIGHTS
- PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT & PROMOTING CONSERVATION