This week, I was in Washington, D.C. as the United States House of Representatives returned to session. I was pleased to start the week discussing issues with some of my colleagues, including Congressmen Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14), Dan Crenshaw (TX-2) and Kevin Hern (OK-1). We were joined by Medal of Honor recipient, Marine Sergeant Dakota Meyer. In 2009, he rescued 36 soldiers under heavy fire in Afghanistan. Click here to watch a video of Sgt. Meyer detailing his story. He is an incredible American hero.
On Monday, I joined a bipartisan group of Congressional members at a press conference highlighting the issue of veteran suicide. Our brave fighting men and women put their lives on the line to protect our nation and our freedoms. If we don’t put their needs and issues first, then shame on us. We must address this issue and work with the VA to provide treatment for these brave veterans.
On Tuesday, as a member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I participated in a hearing on veteran suicide prevention. As I discussed earlier, this is an issue that is very important in our District, especially when you consider that we are home to Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard base and 50,000 veterans. Click here to watch my comments.
On Wednesday, I served as the ranking member at a Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee Hearing: Cultural Barriers Impacting Women Veterans’ Access to Healthcare. We had an in-depth discussion on VA women concerns, including healthcare as well as harassment. Currently, 10% of all veterans and nearly 20% of our active military are women. These great women veterans have served our country and we must continue to create a culture in the VA that is free of harassment and provides excellent coverage for ALL of our veterans. We are very fortunate to have two women veterans on our district congressional staff.