With nearly 30 years of military service domestically and internationally, I understand the challenges our veterans face at home and abroad. Our servicemen and women make the United States the greatest nation in the world, so we owe them a debt of gratitude and access to opportunities for them and their families. First and foremost, we ought to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs by increasing funding levels, filling employment vacancies, and bringing down wait times. Making sure veterans have access to quality care here at home will ease the transition into civilian lifestyle. Overall veteran homelessness and suicide rates are far too high. One of the most essential steps in addressing this problem is fixing the issues at the VA.
Veterans also bring unique skills and knowledge to the workplace. We need to incentivize businesses to hire veterans, and make sure service members receive the proper licenses, credentials, and/or academic credit for their military training and experience. Streamlining the integration of veterans back into our communities and economy will reduce stress on the VA, and lead to economic growth. Veterans and their families make our communities stronger, and our commitment to them should reflect that understanding.