My father was a highly decorated WWII veteran and Purple Heart recipient, and that is why I am so passionate about improving the way our nation treats its veterans. I’m proud to sit on the Veterans’ Affairs committee, where I advocate for the 400,000 veterans in Alabama and millions more across the country.
These men and women have sacrificed so much to protect our country, and they deserve to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect.
In 2019, veteran unemployment reached its lowest point in history at 2.3 percent. But we can — and must — do more to help our veterans re-enter the civilian workforce and society.
In 2020, Congress passed legislation to provide more mental health resources to veterans. The aim of this legislation was to combat the increasingly high rate of veteran suicide in America. As a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, I’m focused on oversight of the VA to ensure that these resources are used judiciously, so veterans receive the high-quality, specialized care, support, and job-training they need to make the transition back home and lead successful lives as civilians.