When young American men and women make the decision to register for military service, they pledge to give this country everything that is asked of them.

After their service time has ended, the least they can expect is for government to defend them as they defended us from battlefields around the world.

I consider that one of my most sacred and obligatory responsibilities as your Representative in Congress.

In late 2017, my colleagues and I in the House of Representatives passed multiple, bipartisan bills that support and address the specific needs of our nation’s veterans.

H.R. 2123 authorizes any VA licensed health care professional to practice telemedicine anywhere in the United States, regardless of where the professional or patient is located, increasing healthcare options available to veterans.

H.R. 1133, the Veterans Transplant Coverage Act of 2017, ensures veterans in need of an organ transplant can get the appropriate care at a private hospital when a VA facility is not available or too expensive for the patient to access

H.R. 3949, the VALOR Act, increases employment opportunities for veterans by easing the approval process for on-the-job training and apprenticeship programs under the GI Bill. 

Finally, H.R. 4173, the Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017 is designed to improve the effectiveness of Veterans suicide prevention programs, specifically the Veterans Crisis Line. The bill would mandate that improvements be made based on an analysis of national suicide data and data collected from the Crisis Line.

I have and will always support efforts to improve the lives of our veterans. Our brave men and women in uniform provide the freedoms every American enjoys today, and I am forever grateful.

During my tenure in Congress, please know I will continue to fight to increase overall veterans funding, improve the quality of veterans’ health and education benefits, and support their family members.