This is a picture of me with my son who is currently serving in the United States Navy.

Today, we pay tribute and honor the brave men and women who have served and who are currently serving our great Nation in the military. We continually pray for the safety and security of our armed forces as they defend the freedoms that we enjoy in our daily lives. We give appreciation for the sacrifices that military spouses, parents and families endure as their loved ones serve throughout the world to help protect and spread the message of freedom. No single military force in the history of the world has done greater good, liberated more people or displayed greater resolve than the Armed Forces of the United States of America.

However, it is not enough to give thanks and pay tribute to our Veterans one day a year. Our veterans deserve better. They need more extensive physical and mental health care, especially for those who come home from deployment with anxiety, PTSD, depression and substance abuse. We MUST let Veterans know we care and are here for them. Suicide is not an option!

When in Washington, I will fight for our veterans and support better and more affordable long-term care for them. I will work to encourage and incentivize economic opportunities for our veterans, including job placement and training measures.

Happy Veterans Day to our courageous men and women who have served and are currently serving in our military. Thank you for your sacrifice for the United States of America. You are truly the backbone of freedom of this great nation.

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