When our brave men and women in uniform return home – we must ensure they receive all the benefits and services they have rightfully earned while serving our country.
Veterans deserve quality health care and treatment when they return from combat, and any services they need to transition back to civilian life. The GI Bill continues to provide every veteran with the opportunity to obtain a college degree, and I supported legislation that provides employers with tax breaks for hiring unemployed or injured veterans, such as the Returning Heroes Tax Credit and the Wounded Warrior Tax credit, and encourages businesses to provide free on-the-job training. I also cosponsored legislation that would permit veterans with a service-connected disability of less than 50% to concurrently receive both retired pay and disability compensation.
We must also do all we can to keep our veterans off the streets with more permanent housing programs and services. Addressing the high rate of homelessness among veterans is a top priority with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and I will continue to support their efforts. These men and women have made extraordinary sacrifices for our country and our freedoms – it is our duty to stand by them as they transition to the next stage in their lives.