In this speech, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard talks about the need to take care of the veterans who have dedicated their lives to keeping this country safe.
She begins with a personal story about members of the military who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Then she turns to what she, and the country, can do to help those who have been lucky enough to come back. Gabbard laments the healthcare situation for servicemen and their families - having to wait months for care. She asks what our response would be to that situation "if that was your son or daughter who had been blown up by an IED who is told to wait 6 months to see a doctor."
Rep. Gabbard uses the speech to galvanize Americans to re-commit to honoring and taking care of those that put their lives on the line.
"I will never accept defeat. I will never leave a fallen comrade. We will never neglect those who are sick or in need...Let us strengthen our resolve so that we honor our friends and fight for them."Read More
"The effect and cost of war on our troops is undeniable. It takes a toll on the toughest among them. Coming home should offer peace and a chance to heal."
In this op ed, Rep. Gabbard argues that the present neglect of veterans is unacceptable. "Last year, our country's failure to fulfill its promise to our veterans was starkly exposed. At the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), veterans faced wait times of 90 days or more to see a doctor."
Gabbard talks about legislation that she had put forward: "The bill's premise, to allow veterans to get the immediate care they need from non-VA medical providers, was ultimately included in the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act that was enacted last year." Yet she argues that this is not enough.
"After serving and sacrificing for all of us, every single veteran should come home knowing that we are there for them, and we have their back."Read More
This report prepared by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs includes a few quick facts related to veteran populations, occupations and years of service.Read More