Issue Position: Veterans
The first definition of patriotism is keeping faith with those who've worn the uniform of the United States of America.
But today, countless veterans are fighting just to receive basic benefits. Twenty percent of reservists and their families lack adequate health care coverage and thousands of disabled veterans are being unfairly taxed on their disabilities. Over the last three years, attempts to increase funding for reservists' health care have been blocked, and veterans have had to fight attempts to slash imminent danger pay rates and family separation allowances for those serving today.
As a veteran myself, I believe that keeping faith with veterans is about honoring America's promise: if you take care of us and our country, we'll take care of you.
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12/28/07 Senator Kerry: Veto of Defense Authorization Bill a "Disgrace"
I will continue to honor those who serve and those who fall in service. I support mandatory full funding of veterans' health care, ensuring concurrent receipt to end the Disabled Veterans' Tax, fully equipping and fairly compensating our troops on active duty, and protecting their loved ones with a Military Family Bill of Rights.
I want to ensure that our veterans are honored with the respect of a grateful nation.