Our district is home to almost 43,000 veterans, and to active duty service members in the Air National Guard and the US Coast Guard. These men and women deserve our honor and respect for their sacrifice and that of their families. But too many of our veterans are unemployed, many are disabled, many suffer mental illness from their service, and many are homeless. This is simply unacceptable. We all must give back to those who protect us. My son honors me with his service in the U.S. Navy. As a Blue Star mother, I will work hard for the rights of all Americans who serve.

They deserve:

• proper health care
• higher education
• employment and skills development
• help to start a business
• help with life transitions
• support for their families