Nevada’s Troops Are the Best This Country Has To Offer. Let’s Show Thanks All Year
This past month, our country paused to celebrate National Military Appreciation Month, a time to honor those who are serving in our Armed Forces, the millions of selfless men and women who answer our nation’s call to duty.
As a strong supporter of Nevada’s military service members and veterans – including those stationed at Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases and Fallon Naval Air Station – I’m proud to fight each and every day, all year long, for our troops as your U.S. Senator.
Why? Because our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen, and Marines represent the best our country has to offer.
And I know first-hand how valuable a service member’s skills are to a team. In fact, I have seven veterans on my staff.
But while it is commendable that our country recognizes our Armed Forces every May, I believe this is a duty that Congress should carry out all year long.
Recently, Congress passed, and the President signed, legislation that fully funds our military so that we can remain the world’s most lethal fighting force.
This is particularly important when our country is facing growing threats from North Korea, Syria, Iran, and other rogue countries.
The omnibus spending measure directed federal funding so that our troops can receive the very 2.4 percent pay raise – the largest raise for our troops in eight years – that was enacted earlier this year by the National Defense Authorization Act.
warriors. That’s why, in my role as a senior member of the U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I’m working to ensure that when our service members transition home, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is ready to provide the care, support, and benefits these men and women deserve.
In fact, in 2017 alone, the President signed nine pieces of legislation that I either authored or helped introduce to help America’s veterans. I’ve championed bills into law that expands veterans’ G.I. bill benefits, boosts accountability at the VA, ensures veterans can continue to receive lifesaving treatments, funds the popular VA Choice Program, and provides mental health services to veterans with an ‘other-than-honorable’ discharge.