Jason Kander joined with Kansas City veterans and military families this afternoon to hear about veterans' experiences returning home from service and the unique challenges they face.
A former Army Captain and Officer Candidate School instructor at Fort Leonard Wood, Jason served in Afghanistan as a military intelligence officer.
"Right now, Congress has the fewest number of veterans since World War II. As a result, while there is an incredible respect for veterans, there is a perspective missing in our national conversation," Jason said. "The value men and women in uniform bring -- from everything from public service to running a small business -- is unparalleled. I'm grateful to have the opportunity to listen to my fellow veterans and military families about what more we can do to make sure we don't turn our backs on those who gave so much."
"Jason's vision for the Senate brings to life the same values that I learned from the military: the idea that you don't leave until the job is done, a deep respect for serving those around you and the ability to do what's right even when it's not easy," said Lynnette Siegel, formerly a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. "Jason is an independent voice for Missouri and I look forward to supporting him in November."
Jason has worked to make sure every veteran has an opportunity for gainful employment upon finishing service. As Secretary of State, Jason successfully pushed through his Startups for Soldiers Act, which waived business start-up fees for members of the Missouri National Guard and active duty military members returning to Missouri. He also created a first-of-its-kind website to allow deployed members of the military to request an absentee ballot online, and made it possible for deployed service members to file for elected office by proxy.