There are over 20 MILLION men and women who valiantly wore or still wear our nation’s uniform in defense of our country. Almost 40,000 of them are homeless. Every day 20 veterans commit suicide.
I can only imagine the struggles our veterans face upon their return and as they transition back into civilian life. We owe much more to our troops who have sacrificed for our liberty and freedom than what we are currently offering them in the way of compensation, education, and healthcare. As the son of a veteran, I will take a stand for our veteran community, and work tirelessly for a more efficient and compassionate healthcare system and support measures that promote economic opportunities for our veterans, especially those aimed at providing employment training, civilian credential certification and higher education for all veterans.
The United States spends more on our military than the next 8 countries combined and the Senate just passed a roughly $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act. We maintain 800 military bases worldwide at a cost of $100 billion a year, this is money that can be spent at home supporting our current veterans, creating jobs, rebuilding our infrastructure, and investing in our future. The current budget could be cut drastically if we used our department of defense for what it was intended — defending us, instead of waging interventionist wars.
Worldwide diplomacy, military action and international relationships require a measured and strategic approach. It is more important now than ever to work with allies towards greater global-economic prosperity and to work jointly to combat radical violent extremism and strengthen international diplomacy. Our commitment to preserving and enhancing the ideals of our nation means standing by our allies against our common enemies.