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.
- SAMHSA also reports that 10% of all homeless are veterans, and of those, one fifth were in substance abuse programs.
- 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.
- 1.5 million American veterans live in poverty.
- 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.