I began my active duty military service at Fort Richardson in 1986.  After serving 28 years on active duty and in reserve Army positions, I appreciate and understand veteran’s issues.  It goes without saying that the VA must provide prompt and effective treatment for the men and women who honorably served their country.  It concerns me greatly that many veterans still face lengthy bureaucratic obstacles in confirming their eligibility for VA services and endure lengthy wait times to schedule appointments and receive treatment.  As your U.S. Senator, I will push for additional funding to improve the treatment of Alaska veterans and provide the necessary oversight to make sure that happens.  

I will also oppose the deportation of honorably discharged military veterans.