My father was part of what we now call “The Greatest Generation.” He flew missions over Europe in World War II as a bombardier navigator. I believe the men and women who defend our country and democracy around the world today have established themselves as the next “Greatest Generation.”
Every man and woman who dons the uniform and takes the oath to serve and give their life to defend our country should be entitled to the best medical benefits and education opportunities. It is the very least we can do for their service and sacrifice.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is broken and in serious need of reforms. The scandals of 2014 have brought to light disheartening stories of mistreatment of our nation's heroes. I invite you to read my Op-Ed on the scandal and how we can fix the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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We live in an increasingly dangerous world that requires bold American leadership. Our nation’s most effective tool for diplomacy has always been our resolute military serving as a deterrence. However, in recent years, we have witnessed our military readiness and capabilities decline beyond a state of alarm. The American people have given Republicans the opportunity to lead in Congress, with a promise that we would improve and restore the military prowess of the United States.
Veterans are the backbone of our country; Texas alone is home to 1.6 million of our nation’s finest men and women. Without those who have served, we would not be the great nation we are today - a nation that is a champion of democracy and freedom worldwide. While it is impossible for us to properly express our profound respect and appreciation for all of our brave men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform, we can continue to work to improve their quality of life once they take off the uniform.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) issued the following statement following a Los Angeles Times report that some California National Guard soldiers are being forced to pay back signing bonuses given to them a decade ago.