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As a proud U.S. Army veteran, I know the sacrifice that our nation's men and women in uniform continue to make on our behalf. As we mark nearly two decades of non-stop war, it is even more important that we honor the commitment that we have made to those who have given so much for all of us.

My number one priority for our nation's veterans includes ensuring they have adequate access to the health care they need and have earned. In the over 15 years of war, our nation has asked much of our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen. It is only fair, then, that we provide them access to the treatment they need to address the wounds — both physical and mental — that they have borne on our behalf. Too many of our veterans have been forced to self-medicate, which has led to unfortunate decisions and errors in judgement that harm them, their families, and their communities.

Beyond healthcare, many of America's veterans need help to transition back into civilian life. Whether they pursue an education or employment, we must ensure that they have the tools, resources, and support they need at their disposal without interference or delay. That is why I advocate for benefits that include both education and job training programs that help veterans take their indispensable military skills and successfully apply them to the civilian sector.

With this in mind, I will continue to do everything I can to stand up for Veterans, as they have bravely stood up for America's interest every day.