U.S. Senator Kay Hagan today delivered the keynote address at the National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS) annual convention in Charlotte. The national convention brings together chapters from across North Carolina and around the country. NABVETS works within communities to support veterans and their widows, empower low income and minority veterans, end homelessness, and reach out to disadvantaged youth.
"If there is one thing North Carolinians can all agree on, it is that we are proud to be the most military-friendly state in the nation," said Hagan. "NABVETS in North Carolina and across the nation embody this pride by coming together in support of their fellow veterans. And with more of our service men and women returning home, their work is more important than ever. I am proud to support NABVETS efforts in the U.S. Senate, and I will continue working each and every day on behalf of our veterans, active duty military and their families."
Since coming to the U.S. Senate in 2009, Senator Hagan has been a member of the Armed Services Committee. She has made it a priority to ensure federal policies work for our military personnel, veterans and their families. Legislation she cosponsored ensures partisan budget battles will not interfere with funding for veterans' health care. She fought for bipartisan legislation that gives companies an incentive to hire veterans, an initiative similar to her own Hire a Hero Act. In addition, she cosponsored the Protecting Servicemembers from Mortgage Abuses Act to protect military families from wrongful foreclosures.
Senator Hagan comes from a strong military family. Her father-in-law was a two-star general in the Marine Corps, her husband, father and brother all served in the Navy, and she has two nephews on active duty who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.