North Carolina Veterans
Caring for our state’s veterans is an important topic for me. As a 7 year veteran of the US Navy, from 2000-2007, I had the honor of working with some of the best and brightest our nation has to offer.
It is my belief that our veterans volunteered to serve their country and entered into a contract with the government. Part of that contract was that the government would uphold their end of the bargain after our enlistment/commissions were up. The VA System under the previous administration has failed at every level in this area. Wait times for assistance at the VA hospitals for necessary care have been so long and appointments rescheduled to the point that many veterans have died before service could be rendered. We also need to do more to address the needs of combat veterans who suffer from PTSD and TBI’s. By doing more to address the mental health issues faced by service members, we can better address the homeless rate, among veterans, and the suicide rate, which currently sits at 2.6%. (a rate of 22 veterans per day) More than double the civilian rate of 1.1%.