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Top Priorities

  • Take care of the men and women who are taking care of us by living up to our end of the bargain.
  • Provide high quality, affordable medical care to all those who honorably serve or have served our nation.
  • Consider members of the National Guard and Reserve Components on an equal basis with their full-time companions.
  • Prioritize spending in the federal budget in order to keep our commitments to our heroes who sacrifice everything to keep us safe.

By the Numbers

  • 18.8 million - the number of military veterans in the United States in 2015.
  • 143,771 - the number of veterans in Utah in 2015 (6.5% of the civilian population over 18).
  • 9.3 million - the number of veterans age 65 and older in 2015. At the other end of the age spectrum, 1.6 million were younger than age 35.
  • 6.8 million - the number of Vietnam Era veterans in 2015; 5.6 million served during the Gulf War (August 1990 to present); 930,000 served in World War II; 1.8 million served in the Korean War; and 4.3 million served in peacetime only.
  • 7.2 million - the number of veterans 18 to 64 years old in the labor force in 2015. Of those veterans, 6.8 million were employed.
  • 3.9 million - the number of veterans with a service-connected disability rating in 2015.

“We are not taking good enough care of those who have taken care of us. For example, it is important to realize that we promised veterans and their families excellent and affordable medical care as part of the military package. We made this deal with our troops, they expect this care, and now we need to live up to our end of the bargain.”

Notable Legislation

Recently the House passed my bill. The Military Reserve Survivor Benefit Equity Act.

The following bills recently passed the House:

  • H.R. 5458, Veterans TRICARE Choice Act of 2016
  • H.R. 4757, To amend title 38, United States Code, to expand the eligibility for headstones, markers, and medallions furnished by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for deceased individuals who were awarded the Medal of Honor and are buried in private cemeteries, as amended
  • H.R. 5166, WINGMAN Act, as amended
  • H.R. 3286, HIRE Vets Act, as amended

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