We owe a debt of gratitude to all those who served in America's Armed Forces. The men and women who fought to defend our freedom have earned a place of honor, and they deserve to see their Members of Congress working across the aisle to deliver on the promises we have made. Just as we must ensure our men and women have everything they need to complete their mission, we also must provide the care and benefits they have earned when they come home.
As a veteran myself, with a strong military tradition in my family, I understand the importance of this promise and will work to see it fulfilled in Congress. I am pleased that the VA recently saw the largest funding increase for veterans' health care in its 77-year history, and that veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan now benefit from an improved 21st century GI Bill that builds upon the successful program put into place after World War II. In addition, I have introduced legislation that would remove Congress's exemption from the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act to eliminate gaps in laws that help create jobs for our veterans.