There is no more sacred commitment than the one we have made with America’s veterans. We must take care of those who have fought for our freedom by ensuring that they have proper access to their veterans’ benefits, healthcare, and ensuring that we have programs to help with job placement and training. The perpetual mismanagement of the VA hospitals around the country is unacceptable and has a detrimental impact to the health and well being of our veterans. This is not consistent with our values, and it is our obligation to ensure that the brave men and women who have served in our armed forces do not have to struggle to see their doctor. In many cases, the VA lacks the medical specialists to care for all the vets who need treatment. In these cases, veterans should be able to get the care they need outside the VA system, on the VA’s dime.
While in the Arizona State Legislature, Tom led a successful effort that doubled the number of benefit counselors in the state of Arizona. Tom’s commitment is to continue this fight as long as any veteran has to wait a day too long for care or is not being provided the benefits they earned.