democrat bobby bliatout for congress.
caring for our veterans.
Americas' war veterans have a special place in my heart. After all, my family fought as part of the American mission in southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. I consider them American veterans as well.
So when I see veterans who are unemployed, without adequate housing, or even wandering the streets suffering from effects of PTSD or TBI–frankly, it makes me mad.
I believe we can do better. If elected to Congress, I will work to reform the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to make it more pro-active in caring for American veterans.
facts about our vets
There are roughly 24 million vets in the United States.
200 veterans every die of suicide.
The Vietnam War has the most veterans at 7.8 million.
3.4 million veterans have a service-related disability.
20% of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans suffer from PTSD or TBI.
California has the highest number of veterans (2.1 million.)
Source: Bureau of Veterans Affairs
reforms for the veterans administration
Work to ensure that VA services are readily available especially in rural areas.
Provide mental health recovery services, including PTSD/TBI and suicide services, using the full extent of government resources.
Work with landlords and local veterans' groups to ensure Veteran Section 8 vouchers are fully used.
Hold VA-sponsored housing and health care training to assist our veterans.