I am a Veteran. I retired from the United States Air Force after 27 years of service.
I have worked hard to fight for Veterans and active military personnel's rights. In the 2009 Legislative Session, I introduced two bills that helped our military serving overseas and veterans. HB 2510 removed the 15 year limit on a military veteran's ability to use preference points when applying for a public sector job. I recognized veteran's should not lose this point after a set time limit. HB 2510 became law after bi-partisan support through the Oregon House of Representatives and Senate. Representative Whisnant also introduced HB 2511 which allows overseas military voters to vote by fax. Oregon's vote-by-mail system is effective, but Representative Whisnant knows the difficulty of absentee ballots having served overseas for 7 years but was glad to push this bill to help every vote get counted.
I also supported HJR 10 which celebrated March 2009 as American Legion Month and recognized the service of American Legion members to the United States. I voted for HB 2718, it created a task force to study women veteran's access to health care.
I co-sponsored SB 449 and supported the passage of this bill to dedicate Hwy 97 as the World War II Veterans Historic Highway. I worked with Dick Tobiason and Bob Maxwell, a Medal of Honor recipient, along with fellow Legislators.
I am a member of the La Pine American Legion Post, the Redmond VFW, the Central Oregon chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), and the Military Order of World Wars (MOWW).
I have supported the Disabled American Veterans, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Central Oregon Veterans Outreach, JROTC programs in our local schools and participated in numerous veteran's events in Sisters, Bend, Redmond, La Pine, and Sunriver.