Veterans and Law Enforcement
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.
I, like all Nevadans, want to feel safe in my community. That is why I honor and support our law enforcement officers and agencies. While we must hold all public servants accountable, I believe that we need to work to build trust between law enforcement and our communities. And make no mistake, I do not want to defund the police.
I am fighting to ensure that our communities and neighborhoods are safe and secure. In the midst of this pandemic, our local police are facing massive budget cuts. In Congress, I have stood up to members of my own party who have called for defunding the police, and am instead fighting for them to get the funding they need to do their jobs and keep our state safe.
I’m also fighting to ensure that we have adequate funding for mental health services. Too often, the police are called whenever there is a problem in a community. We need to better address the mental health crisis that faces our country and give mental health providers adequate resources to address mental health problems before they become emergencies.
I’m proud to be endorsed by the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers and the Nevada Law Enforcement Coalition. I am committed to keeping in constant contact with our police officers to ensure their needs are being met and we have safe and thriving communities.
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