“I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: 'I served in the United States Navy.” ― John F. Kennedy
A strong military is vital to America's security. The threats we face today are numerous and ever-changing.
Keeping our military strong, our country safe, and our military personnel supported, requires us to continually evaluate and reassess our priorities in light of contemporaneous global threats. We must empower our military leaders to analyze and assess these threats and make recommendations based on current data. We can prioritize our spending in ways that modernize and right-size our forces, provide our service members with needed equipment and better salaries, and keep our country and citizens safe. We must develop strategies to modernize and downsize our nuclear arsenal in conjunction with and contingent upon treaties and other agreements with nuclear powers around the world.
Our military personnel deserve our support both during and after their service. They and their families face unique challenges given the rigors and requirements of their service. It is our responsibility to support them during their service and when they transition to civilian life. Our commitment to their well being does not end when their service is over.
To keep our military personnel safe and conflict-ready, we must address issues that negatively impact and affect our service members.
We must ensure adequate pay raises for active duty military by using the Employment Cost Index, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
We must address the alarming suicide rate among both those on active duty and veterans by creating a Congressional Suicide Prevention Commission to study the issue and develop strategies to prevent these deaths.
We must create opportunities to improve access for dependents to receive healthcare by making it easier for them to seek care off-base.
We must work on the problem of sexual assault within the military by appointing attorneys to provide legal assistance to victims and Sexual Assault Response coordinators as they work through military and legal processes after these assaults.
Our veterans deserve our respect and our support, and we must address issues unique to servicemen and women as they transition to civilian life.
We must provide adequate healthcare for veterans when they leave their service including robust mental health services, a thorough review and overhaul of the Veterans Administration, and facilitating access to care through civilian services.
We must create pathways for veterans to enter the workforce through direct hiring and paid job training programs.
We must address homelessness among veterans by enacting a No Vet Homeless or Hungry Initiative as a partnership between the federal government and all 50 states.