As a nation, we must honor our veterans for the sacrifices they have made for our freedom and security. As the wife of a Vietnam combat veteran and the step-mother of two Marine officers, I know firsthand the importance of ensuring that our troops have the tools and skills they need both while in combat and upon their return home. We must work tirelessly to make sure that upon their return, our brave service men and women are given every opportunity to help them be made whole again -- both physically and mentally.
That is why I have been actively engaged in ensuring that bureaucrats were held accountable for the persistent problems the Miami VA Medical Center faced over the past few years. I have participated in Congressional hearings that sought to uncover the problems at the Miami VA, and I have often spoken out on the need for oversight and accountability at the institution. People have been held accountable for the mistakes in the past, and the Miami VA is now back on track to help provide all of our veterans with the outstanding medical care and treatment they have earned and deserved.
I have always been a strong advocate of ensuring our veterans and service members have every opportunity to succeed once they transition back into civilian life. With unemployment numbers among veterans being much higher than the average unemployment rate, I have supported legislation that would encourage employers to hire veterans and get them back to work. I have also voted in favor of the Post 9/11 GI Bill -- to make sure our brave service men and women receive the highest quality training and education they need in order to be competitive in today's work environment.
I will continue to do everything I can to ensure that the men and women who have fought to protect the United States of America come back to a country that shows its appreciation for all that they have done.