Military & Veterans
I come from a family of veterans. I will work every day to ensure that our soldiers...past, present, and future, have everything they need. Period.
On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, I laid my dear uncle to rest. T. Hubbard enlisted in the Marine Corps on October 1, 1968. He was wounded in battle and granted both a Purple Heart, the highest military honor available and the Medal of Honor, an award only given to those who put their lives at risk above and beyond the call of duty. Additionally, my mother, father, sister, cousin and a host of friends all served in the United States Army proudly.
John 15:13 (NIV): “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” This is what our soldiers do for America each and every day, even though they don’t know us. With nearly 3+ million employees, deployments around the world, and ongoing conflicts in foreign lands, not only must our military be prepared, but they must be equipped to respond to national security crises at any given time.
In the past, I've held and participated in several events honoring veterans all over Indiana. All soldiers, past, present, and future can expect this same type of energy to come from me in D.C.
Therefore, upon my election to the U.S. Senate, I promise to work on the following regarding our present military and veterans:
Ensuring all U.S. veteran memorials are kept up properly, clean and secure. There will be no chance of vandalism or destruction at these sites
Supporting legislation that provides funding for better training with better tools and technology for our soldiers no matter what military branch
For those still serving, I will work with my colleagues on Capitol Hill to support a high-quality and modernized military force along with a focus on enlarging capacity. To that end, our military force must tap into nanomaterials (used for making things stronger), artificial intelligence, high-powered drones, hypersonic missiles, reusable rockets and ammunition, unmanned submarines, etc. I look forward to the day when we don’t need boots on the ground to win the war, but because of advanced technology, everyone returns home at the end of the day. America's safety comes first!
The Pentagon must carefully review their budget and maximize it to its fullest potential and to improve efficiency. Let’s compare frequent rotations vs. permanent stationing, crew swaps vs. crews and ships coming home at once.
Creating and supporting legislation that provides complete and thorough financial security for soldiers’ families while they're away, and especially upon their return from deployment.
No veteran should ever be homeless and without healthcare in the United States of America. Therefore, upon my election, I will call for continuous review of veteran's programs.
I will work hard to encourage and develop more partnerships between the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and businesses (both for-profits and nonprofits) that agree to provide mental health and other forms of assistance in the transition back to civilian life.