On Memorial Day 2012, I attended the raising of the Garrison Flag at Las Cruces' Veterans Park. The flag was raised from half-mast to full as visitors to the park read the names inscribed on war memorials. Later that evening, I attended a candlelight vigil in remembrance of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in war.
I am looking to put America's veterans back to work. I support the President's Returning Heroes Tax Credit, which gives businesses that hire unemployed veterans a credit of up to $5,600 per veteran and the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit, which gives businesses that hire veterans with service-related disabilities a credit of up to $9,600 per veteran.
Mental health for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder should be a top priority. Speeding up the claims process to serve veterans more quickly and efficiently is vital. Because more than 40 percent of veterans in the VA health care system live in rural areas, expanded transportation and telemedicine services must help rural vets get their health care and benefits faster.
I remember when my father returned home from World War II he got a leg up thanks to the GI Bill. I believe in improved and expanded educational opportunities for veterans, service members, reservists and National Guard members.