Issue Position: Veterans
Making sure America takes care of the veterans who have dedicated their lives to serving our country is a key priority for me, as a member of the Military Quality of Life Appropriations Subcommittee. Veterans fought to protect our freedoms and way of life. The people of the United States owe our veterans a great deal, and should keep the promises made to them.
I am troubled by the continued erosion and misrepresentation of military-earned compensation and benefits. Montana's veterans and military retirees have played an important role in making our nation great. Through their sacrifices, America has triumphed, remained a free and vibrant nation, and helped others obtain their own freedom. I firmly believe we cannot thank our veterans and retirees enough for putting their lives on the line when America's security demanded it. The promises our government is making to those who have pledged to serve honorably and faithfully in the military should be kept.
I support legislation that would authorize disabled military retirees to receive both military retired pay and VA disability compensation concurrently. If retirement benefits for America's service men and women continue to erode, they will lose faith in their chosen careers. Congress should seize the opportunity to act this year and eliminate the unfair offset between military retired pay and VA disability compensation.
Ensuring quality health care for our veterans must be one of our highest priorities. As I review each piece of legislation that comes before me, I do it from the perspective of expanding veterans' rights and medical services, such as better access to medical services in our rural areas.