Coming from a family of Military members, it is important that we take care of those who have served our country. It is essential that we not only give them and their families the help they need but also show them that the government is there for them 100% no matter what. The horrifying and shocking facts surrounding the veteran population needs to be addressed: 20 veterans a day commit suicide, 50,000 live on the streets, 495,000 veterans are unemployed, and PTSD afflicts almost 31 percent of Vietnam veterans, 10 percent of Gulf War (Desert Storm) veterans, 11 percent of veterans of the war in Afghanistan, and 20 percent of Iraqi war veterans. In addition, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) need more funding and resources to ensure they are sufficiently staffed and have enough medical facilities to help solve the issues aforementioned.

We will fight to ensure more adequate funding for the VA to:

  • Hire more staff to sufficiently care for our veterans and their families during pre, during, and post deployment.
  • Utilize and train on using technology to remove inefficiencies such as administrative work/filings.
  • Build more medical facilities including hospitals and mental health clinics to ensure veterans receive the proper medical and mental health care they need. We must also ensure that veterans can get treated at any hospital or facility outside of the VA to address the concerns of long wait times to get treated.
  • Hire more doctors for the VA to also ensure veterans are getting the timely treatment needed.
  • Develop more housing for veterans so that they when they come back home, they have a place to live.
  • Guarantee jobs for our veterans so that we can utilize our veterans' strengths in helping them become whatever they wish to pursue when transitioning back to civilian life.
  • Providing education as a right whether it be private or public, veterans should get the education they want and need to compete in this global competitive economy.
  • Help our homeless veterans off the streets by providing rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention programs and clinical services.




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  • Dominick Falzone
    commented 2018-02-23 07:50:36 -0800
    We need to take better care of our veterans, many of whom have incurred service-related disabilities while they were serving us. But we also need to take care of people who choose not to join the military, and people whom are ineligible to join the military. We also need to protect active duty members of the military from being victims of sexual assault.
  • anonymous
    commented 2017-12-02 04:34:27 -0800
    Importance of education and literacy has been raised with the help of the professors and teachers. Now the quantum of the visits of have been increased and quantified for the fulfillment of the goals and objectives in life.
  • S K Willis
    commented 2017-04-01 17:09:43 -0700
    Protect and enhance the VA. Do not allow it to be privatized by the oligarchs!
  • kenneth mejia
    published this page in Issues 2017-02-14 00:50:07 -0800