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During his second inaugural address, President Lincoln instructed the country “to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.”  I agree with President Lincoln, and I believe that we must fulfill the promises made to those who fought for our country.

Our nation’s veterans are encountering unemployment, homelessness, and the physical and, the mental challenges of Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  In my previous role as the Chairman of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations subcommittee, I was directly responsible for ensuring that our veterans and the institutions that serve them, received the resources and tools necessary to address these issues. I am privileged to continue to work with my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to ensure that these critical priorities are funded.

In addition to ensuring record levels of funding for veterans, over the course of the last year, I have been proud to support many critical pieces of legislation that will reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system and help veterans get the care and support they deserve. The bills would ensure accountability at the VA, reduce wait times, increase grant programs for job training, help support homeless veterans, and ensure the solvency of VA Choice.

These bills, many of which have been signed into law, will have a noticeable, positive impact on those who sacrificed on behalf of our nation, so that the rest of us may live in freedom.

We owe our veterans everything, and I will always stand by them.

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