At this critical time in our nation's history, we must show our veterans - not just tell them - that we are grateful for their service to our country. One of the most important benefits we provide to veterans is health care. I am working to maintain, enhance, and guarantee an adequate level of health care funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs by fighting to provide more funding for veterans health care, to make VA health care funding a guaranteed instead of discretionary budget item, and to keep New York's VA facilities open. This should be a time when we do more for our veterans, not less. Our nation has made a pact with the Armed Forces - a commitment that those who served their country would have access to quality health care through the VA health care system.
These men and women are the best this nation has to offer, and they deserve to be treated as the best. We need to be there with open arms when our veterans need our support, and we must continue to stand with them over the years. For all of these reasons, I continue to work on a variety of initiatives, including health care and beyond, to support and honor our veterans and their loved ones.