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Supporting Our Veterans

Our country is blessed with the finest service men and women in the world. They put their life on the line every day. They have done all we have asked of them. And so much more. They and their loved ones make an enormous sacrifice – sometimes the ultimate sacrifice – to keep us and our allies secure and to spread freedom and democracy far from home. It is why they deserve our most profound respect, gratitude, and support. And why they need new leadership to give them the care they have earned and deserve.

Sadly, our veterans suffer disproportionately from mental health issues, substance abuse, unemployment, and homelessness when they return home. And far too often bureaucratic red-tape prevents them from receiving critical care. This is unacceptable, and our government must spare no expense to address these challenges. Yet, despite a lot of pro-veteran rhetoric out of Washington, the Trump Administration and a hostile Republican Congress stand in the way of reform to veterans’ care.

Veterans who return with injuries are at the highest risk for opioid abuse, yet we do little proactively to help them transition to civilian life. We should be following up on pain medications, devoting extra resources if necessary, to be sure they don’t go down the wrong track of substance addiction. And most of all, we should be working hard to be sure veterans can find good paying jobs and affordable housing. We must be pro-active in partnering highly-skilled, highly trained veterans with small businesses and entrepreneurs.

We must ensure that all volunteers, no matter who you are or where you’re from, have the right to serve in our armed services. The Trump Administration’s ban on transgender individuals in the military is nothing short of backward and discriminatory. Our service members and veterans deserve better. They’ve earned our fullest possible support, and I will work to see that they get it!

“It's time Long Island had a strong voice to fight for high-paying jobs, affordable health care, high-quality education and clean air and water.”Perry GershonCandidate for Congress, NY-1