I served as a Captain at the Plattsburgh Air Force Base, and come from a family with a long military tradition. My great grandfather served in the Civil War, great-uncles in World War I and my father in World War II. As a veteran, I know that when we ask the men and women of our Armed Forces to put their lives on the line to defend America, we have an obligation to care for them when they come home.
Like all Upstate New Yorkers, I recognize how important it is to give our troops and their families the care they need. Their service is what keeps America safe and free, and from the men and women at Fort Drum to those all across the globe we must continually do our part to honor their courage and sacrifice. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I will fight for our veterans, and for the brave soldiers still fighting in America's conflicts today.
In Congress I have supported several pieces of legislation that would provide improved benefits for veterans, including training for caregivers to those suffering from traumatic brain injury, tax deductions for veterans traveling to VA facilities, and automatic enrollment in the VA upon discharge from active duty to eliminate the waiting period before veterans can access VA services. These commonsense steps help us provide more and better care and services.