When Kirsten ran for Congress, she was strong and outspoken in her opposition to the war in Iraq. While she did not agree with President George Bush's policies, she worked hard in Congress to provide new veterans with the health care and education opportunities they deserve.
New York is home to more than 1 million men and women who have served in the armed forces. As a member of the Armed Services Committee in the House of Representatives, Kirsten established herself as a true friend of America's veterans and their families. She also worked to improve the lives of millions of Americans who are currently serving, along with their families. In the Senate, Kirsten will continue that charge by improving the health care and education benefits we provide our veterans and the men and women who are currently serving. In addition, she will ensure economic opportunity for our heroes when they return home.
With thousands of brave men and women returning home from duty around the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan, it is critical that Veterans Administration facilities have the tools and resources necessary to help current veterans, as well as tackle the challenges facing newly separated personnel.
In the Senate, Kirsten has already taken the lead to ensure the VA is proactive in reaching out to our newly returning veterans and letting them know exactly what benefits they are eligible for.
Kirsten is also working to raise awareness of severely injured service men and women by continuing to work with the Department of Defense and VA in support of the Wounded Warrior program. A strong advocate for mental health care, Kirsten will work to ensure that veterans and service members receive appropriate and meaningful treatment for diseases like post-traumatic stress disorder.