I support the establishment of better programs and services to help active servicemembers and veterans when they come home after serving their country.

  • Active servicemembers and veterans are often exposed to traumatic events, which can have a devastating emotional toll on military personnel, their families, and even their communities. Therefore, programs to help struggling servicemembers and veterans cope with traumatic issues are crucial.
  • According to statistics reported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), veterans comprise 20% of all suicides, and 3 out of 5 were diagnosed as having a mental health disorder.1
    • SAMHSA also reports that 10% of all homeless are veterans, and of those, one fifth were in substance abuse programs.2
  • VA hospitals are under-stocked, under-staffed, and underfunded resulting in long delays in scheduling, evaluation, and follow-up care. Further stressing this overburdened healthcare system, we are at perpetual war. This means a continual stream of veterans relying on the VA to receive timely, quality care.
  • 20% of veterans needed food assistance such as food stamps in 2014.3
  • 1.5 million American veterans live in poverty.4
  • My second main initiative, the establishment of free technical schools, would greatly benefit veterans by teaching a valuable skill towards a meaningful career after military service.
  1. https://www.samhsa.gov/veterans-military-families/critical-issues
  2. https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.samhsa.gov/veterans-military-families/critical-issues&sa=D&ust=1497752775774000&usg=AFQjCNG3tsSMiK5cDbYmADssIW58vXXx6Q
  3. http://help.feedingamerica.org/HungerInAmerica/hunger-in-america-2014-full-report.pdf
  4. https://www.va.gov/vetdata/docs/specialreports/veteran_poverty_trends.pdf
  1. https://www.samhsa.gov/veterans-military-families/critical-issues
  2. https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.samhsa.gov/veterans-military-families/critical-issues&sa=D&ust=1497752775774000&usg=AFQjCNG3tsSMiK5cDbYmADssIW58vXXx6Q
  3. http://help.feedingamerica.org/HungerInAmerica/hunger-in-america-2014-full-report.pdf
  4. https://www.va.gov/vetdata/docs/specialreports/veteran_poverty_trends.pdf
  5. https://www.samhsa.gov/veterans-military-families/critical-issues
  6. https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.samhsa.gov/veterans-military-families/critical-issues&sa=D&ust=1497752775774000&usg=AFQjCNG3tsSMiK5cDbYmADssIW58vXXx6Q
  7. http://help.feedingamerica.org/HungerInAmerica/hunger-in-america-2014-full-report.pdf
  8. https://www.va.gov/vetdata/docs/specialreports/veteran_poverty_trends.pdf