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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. Theotis 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, half-sister, cousin and a host of childhood friends all served in the United States Army proudly. This is why I can pause, respect and appreciate the efforts my opponent, Senator Todd Young, a veteran himself, has made to make veteran’s lives that much more comfortable. 

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 Americans each day and night, even though they don’t know us all. The decision to give up one’s life for an entire population must be continually regarded and appreciated. I can tell you the day and the hour it dawned on me to appreciate soldiers so much more. When I was just 16, I accidentally enrolled myself in my high-school’s ROTC program (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps). I’m not ashamed to say I didn’t last two weeks. Perhaps, too spoiled at the time, but I can say that by the end of that week, I learned more about self-discipline and self-sacrifice more than I ever would have in my entire adult life. So all I can say when I see a soldier is thank you. Thank you for the countless hours you spend training for our safety and the thousands of miles you walk each day for freedom.

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 2019, I held an event honoring Hoosier veterans in Northwest Indiana. All soldiers, past, present, and future can expect this same type of dedication and energy to come from me in Washington. Therefore, upon my election to the U.S. Senate, I promise to work on the following for them: 

  • Ensuring all U.S. veteran memorials are kept up properly, clean and secure. There will be no possible chance of vandalism or destruction at these gravesites   

  • Supporting legislation that provides funding for better training with better tools and technology for our soldiers no matter what military branch they’re in

  • Working with my colleagues on Capitol Hill in support of a high-quality and modernized military force along with a focus on enlarging our military 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 even need boots on the ground to win the war against terror. To that end, I am more than prepared to support a package that boosts military funding for these purposes because America’s safety comes first 

  • The Pentagon must carefully review their budget and maximize it to its fullest potential and to improve efficiency; for example, let’s compare frequent rotations vs. permanent stationing, crew swaps vs. crews and ships coming home at once. Things like this are what I promise to address

  • Creating and supporting legislation that provides complete and thorough financial security for soldiers’ families while they're away, and especially upon their safe return from deployment. 

  • No veteran should ever be homeless and without healthcare in the United States of America. Therefore, upon my election I will immediately review government funding to veterans programs to ensure they have access to the financial assistance and services they need. 

  • 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 

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