There are many veterans that live in our district and their issues are important to me and to my work in Congress.
Our nation’s men and women in uniform are America’s greatest asset and the globe’s strongest defenders of freedom and democracy. Their sacrifices throughout our nation’s history have laid the foundation for the freedoms and fortunes we enjoy today. It is our responsibility to make sure America cares for these brave individuals when they come home.
As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I am proud of my work to continually ensure the commitment we’ve made to our veterans has been met.
Unfortunately, there are still too many stories of our veterans returning to a system that does not support their needs. I strongly believe those who have served and sacrificed for our country are entitled to affordable health care and have therefore opposed significant increases in TRICARE fees. I also have and will continue to support legislation that allows for concurrent receipt of retiree and disability benefits.
Additionally, it is important to acknowledge that as the demands on a nation’s military change over time, so do the needs of our veterans. Veterans of the Global War on Terrorism are returning home with injuries and illnesses unique to the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a result, it is important that our support for them is tailored to their specific needs.
I take the role of providing for our nation’s veterans very seriously and will continue to champion legislation that gives these brave women and men the support they so richly deserve.
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I’m sure many of you are putting the final touches on your Fourth of July plans. I’ll be headed to the fireworks at Panther Island Pavilion on the Trinity River with my family.
In the back and forth debate over the potential impact of the nation’s forced budget cuts, a Fort Worth soldier suddenly heard his own story being told in a Washington hearing room full of generals and congressmen.
“A soldier at my rank doesn’t commonly get discussed in front of people of such high stature,” Sgt. Alan Hill said at his home Friday.
BY JACK DOUGLAS JR. AND JASON ALLEN
A CBS 11 I-Team investigation has uncovered a pattern of complaints by soldiers at a Texas Army post, triggering an outside review of the facility and drawing a promise from the commanding general that improvements are underway.
A soldier and two former soldiers told the I-Team they did not receive adequate care, and were even ridiculed, at the Army’s Fort Bliss post in El Paso after they tried to get help for severe emotional problems, including Post Traumatic Syndrome Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.
With our economy struggling, some veterans are already having a hard time transitioning into the civilian workforce. While there are public and private efforts to help these veterans find jobs, too often they end up unemployed for extended periods of time. Our veterans chose a career in the service of our country and we need to make sure they have an every possible opportunity when they return from combat.
We must never forget the sacrifices made by our veterans and active duty service men and women. These fine Americans and their families made lifelong commitments to our nation and their service has been a foundation for our freedom and prosperity. They answered the nation’s call and selflessly put their lives on the line to defend us.
There has been a lot of discussion recently about whether we should allow the government to default on its obligations, and what that will mean for everyday Americans. I have heard from many friends and constituents on both sides of this issue. I want to make sure that you know that if Congress fails to raise the debt limit, the people who have served our country and who are currently serving our country will suffer. Let me explain why.
Federal funding to keep the government open is about to run out. This situation could have been prevented. If Congress is unable to reach an agreement with the White House, the federal government will be shutdown tonight at midnight eastern time. Senate leadership has refused to make any serious effort to keep the doors open. They have refused to pass a spending bill that would cut just one percent of our federal spending for this fiscal year. The ball has been in the Senate’s court for weeks now and they have refused to act.