Arkansas is home to more than 230,000 Veterans and I am honored and humbled to represent so many of them right here in the 1st Congressional District. As a Veteran of the United States Army, the son of a Veteran of the United States Air Force, and the brother of Veterans, I appreciate the hard work and incredible sacrifice that is required of our service-members and their families. I remain committed to protecting those who have served and continue to serve our great Country. During the 115th Congress, I have cosponsored H.R. 846, the Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act, H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, and H.R. 1989, the VET TEC Act. These bills will help Veterans' families, improve access to healthcare for those who have earned it, and help Veterans find jobs after they leave the military.
The care of our Veterans should never be a political issue, and I will continue to fight to guarantee that our Veterans receive the care they deserve. I understand the very real concerns about the unacceptable wait times to receive healthcare and the backlog of Veterans’ benefits claims. I believe increasing Veterans’ access to timely and quality healthcare, as well as the processing time for Veterans’ benefits claims should be the Department of Veterans Affairs’ greatest priorities. I am dedicated to working with the members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and Veterans Affair Secretary David Shulkin to create meaningful and effective reform to ensure our Veterans receive the care that was promised.