Military, Veterans and Military Families

150416-Z-WG089-123

 Peace Through Strength 

I support a strong, well-armed, well-trained military. I firmly believe in Peace through Strength, and I think the 51st District stands with me in recognition of the strongest and most professional fighting force in the world.

In our region we have Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, U.S. Naval Base San Diego, and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Our District is home to many fine Service men and women. I salute each of them, along with their families for their commitment and sacrifice.

 VA Reform 

Our Veterans Administration is in need of reform. We have a growing number of Korean and Vietnam War Veterans in need of health care. Thousands of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom Veterans need physical and psychological treatments. Lines are getting longer at VA hospitals and people are in need of this critical support.

We must understand that unsatisfactory treatment and care is not the fault of the many good, hardworking, people of the Veterans Administration, many of whom are veterans themselves; but the result of of senseless bureaucracy, and a lack of leadership.

We cannot forget the sacrifices that our veterans and their families have endured for the love of our country – for the love of each one of us. I’ve personally seen many of the sacrifices these great Americans have made. More emphasis must be placed on the continuous care of these heroes.

Unfortunately, there are still some in Washington who are interested in cutting benefits to our veterans, the military and our military families. They essentially leave holes in our Nation’s security and in the promises made to those who gallantly fought for freedom.

 Meeting the Need 

In 2015, the base pay for a single E-3 with two years of service was $1,734 per month. If you’ve ever served in the military, you know there is no such thing as a 40-hour workweek. Most military members work from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., with some heroes working as much as 20-hour days. These men and women are sent to hostile areas and are expected to earn less than the average minimum wage. If you use a 60-hour workweek, these service members earn $7.22 an hour.

The bottom line; we can and MUST do more to protect our military, veterans and their families. I will work for our Nation’s military and veterans, using my own experiences in the USMC to educate those who do not understand.

As your Congressman, I will fight to ensure our military, veterans, and military families are a priority. When our military is strong, Americans of the 51st Congressional District are safe.