There is no group of Americans I hold in higher regard than our nation’s heroes. During my time in Congress, I have made improving the quality of life for the nearly 250,000 veterans living in our state a top priority. Our nation’s veterans deserve strong health care and benefits for protecting our country. 

I am a staunch advocate for veterans who have trouble getting the health care they need because a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital or health clinic is too far away. My work to increase the veterans’ travel reimbursement has helped more veterans afford the trip to see their VA doctor. To bring VA care closer home, I support opening new VA community outpatient clinics (CBOCs) across Kansas. I have also spearheaded efforts to allow rural veterans to obtain health care from their local physician or hospital, such as Project ARCH, rather than having to travel long distances or too often simply forgo care.

As we honor those who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms, we must ensure that veterans themselves are afforded the rights they fought for. I strongly support the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act to prevent veterans from being wrongly denied their Constitutional right to purchase firearms.

After serving in the Armed Forces, veterans in Kansas and across the country face challenges when they return to the workforce. While the VA often focuses on job training and employment, our veterans are also great businessmen and women. It’s important for them to have the opportunity to explore starting a business of their own.

I am also deeply concerned with the VA claims backlog and have called on President Obama to personally take on this mounting problem and injustice for those who have given so much. Especially at a time when thousands of troops are returning from battle, and the needs of aging veterans are increasing, I am committed to keeping our promise to those who have served our country.