Veterans

Our nation’s veterans and wounded warriors have given their lives in defense of our country.  The sacrifice of our military men and women defines us as a nation.  Their dedication and commitment, along with that of their families, has ensured our freedom and should never be taken for granted. 

Our veterans deserve the absolute highest quality medical care and benefits for their service.  Congress must ensure that returning military members have access to every benefit they have been promised, with as little wait time as possible.  Sadly, the current situation at the Veterans Administration (VA) is proof that the federal government is failing our veterans in the most basic way.  No veteran should have to wait for medical care.  As such, Congress should focus on stringent oversight of the VA to ensure veterans are getting the services they need.

As a Member of Congress, I will continue to put our veterans first, and fight for legislation that removes barriers for returning veterans seeking employment. 

More on Veterans

July 27, 2017 Press Release
I am proud to support the legislation passed by the House today. It supports critical priorities for our state including a pay raise for our troops, funding for our veterans, modernizing the Soo Locks and important scientific research at Michigan State that will bring more than one thousand good-paying jobs to mid Michigan.
July 25, 2017 Editorial
This summer, I have been working hard to make sure Michigan’s priorities move forward in Congress. This includes protecting the Great Lakes, improving our infrastructure, strengthening our national security and helping our veterans. As the only Michigan member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have oversight of federal departments and agencies. Here is an update on some issues of concern to all Michigan residents.
June 23, 2017 Press Release
In a time when so much news coverage focuses on division in Washington, as Americans there is still more that unites us than divides us. Republicans, Democrats and President Trump all agree that our veterans deserve the best care.
June 13, 2017 Press Release
This legislation is an important part of holding the VA accountable for the care of our veterans. While the majority of VA employees are hardworking, it is vital that we streamline the process for removing those who have failed our veterans. This legislation will help ensure the VA has the best people providing our veterans with the care they earned for serving our country.
June 7, 2017 Press Release
This legislation will make it easier for our veterans and law enforcement officers to pursue job opportunities and continue to serve our country. As a public servant, ensuring our national security is my top priority. Customs and Border Patrol needs to hire more agents to keep our country safe and this legislation will help do that.
May 23, 2017 Press Release
Today's legislation is one way our country can repay our veterans for their service and sacrifice. By expediting appeals at the VA and making it easier to receive care at home, today’s legislation will help meet the needs of Michigan veterans and their families.
March 17, 2017 Press Release
“Our veterans deserve the best care and these bills will make it easier for the VA to retain and promote excellent employees, and to remove poorly performing ones who are failing our heroes. The VA received a budget increase this year and these reforms will make sure the VA has the best employees to carry out its critical mission.”
March 16, 2017 Press Release
“Americans’ treasure their constitutional rights and the Second Amendment is no exception. There is already a legal process through the courts to prohibit the mentally ill from buying firearms. That decision belongs in the judicial branch, and not in the hands of bureaucrats at the VA, a department that has mistreated so many of our nation’s heroes.”
March 8, 2017 Press Release
"Our men and women in uniform confront threats abroad so we don't have to face them here at home. This legislation provides them with the equipment they need to win on the battlefield and gives them and their families a well-deserved pay raise."
December 15, 2016 Editorial
"To be accountable to you, I have made it a priority to be available, meeting constituents in all 15 counties of the district in 2016. At listening sessions, we discussed current events and your concerns about issues before Congress. You passionately care about the future of our country and I appreciate your input while representing you in Washington."