Veterans and National Security
Where Susie Stands
America’s foreign policy must be, at its core, American. We need a strong foreign policy that represents our values and ideals as a nation. The strength and success of US foreign policy depends on the strength of our military and the strength of our relationships around the world. I have supported robust support of our national security infrastructure and will also fight for our State Department to receive adequate funding to support their ambassadors and diplomats all over the world. We also know that strength comes with numbers, which is why we must continue to nurture and support key allies, such as Israel, Canada, and NATO countries, so that we can promote peace and stability around the world.
I honor the men and women who have laid their lives on the line to protect the freedom of this great country. Our service members and veterans, and their families, have sacrificed so much to protect American values around the world. Supporting our veterans doesn’t end when they come home from their service. Every day, I am grateful for America’s veterans and I am proud to have renamed the Henderson post office the “Veteran’s Memorial Post Office”. This recognition is a small but long lasting reminder to all who pass through their doors.
As the daughter of a Korean War veteran, it was an honor for me to become a member of the Veterans Affairs committee. I have been intimately involved in fighting for resources so that all veterans, including those that have been disabled in service, have the support and opportunities they deserve. Many of those who have been injured have visible scars, yet the invisible scars must also be healed. That is why I am committed to making sure that all veterans have access to mental health services, as well. Not one veteran should take their life by suicide, yet each day, 20 veterans do. I am proud to have introduced a bipartisan bill to initiate a “Zero Suicide Pilot Program” in five VA units across this country.
When men and women return from service, the GI Bill provides them with valuable resources to advance their military training. Yet, many veterans fall victim to predatory schools. I am proud to have passed a provision that provides protections for student veterans from predatory, for-profit schools.
We must also recognize the unique challenges that women face in the military as well as in civilian life when they return. As a member of the Women Veterans Caucus, I will continue to fight for awareness and resources for women veterans. In my first term, I fought for veterans’ healthcare and expanded coverage for new mothers and infants. Time and again, I have fought for our veterans and their families, and I will continue to be an advocate for our veterans.
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