Protecting our Veterans and Military Families

I grew up in a military family. My father, who grew up as an orphan, entered the Army and, later, the Army Air Corps and the United States Air Force. Like many others, his military service offered a stepping-stone to a better life for me and my family.

South Carolina is full of active duty personnel, reserve forces, members of the National Guard, and veterans of all ages. Those brave men and women have earned access to not only to world quality healthcare, but also to educational and professional opportunities that will allow them to be successful after their service. The Department of Veterans Affairs not only owes top quality care to veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, but long-term preventative care and wellness to younger veterans of more recent conflicts. I believe that no one who sacrificed blood for their country should ever have to worry about the quality of their healthcare.

I will also work tirelessly to protect Shaw Air Force Base, the installation that brought my family to Sumter and allowed me the blessing of growing up in South Carolina. Thousands of men and women in the 20th Fighter Wing and United States Army Central (USARCENT) call South Carolina home during their service, and many stay to raise families and contribute to the community after their commitment ends. The thousands of civilian jobs that depend upon Shaw AFB offer vital economic impact to this district and to the state as a whole.