Veterans

It is unconscionable that the United States has waged war for decades without ensuring that it could pay the actual human costs. After risking everything for our country, veterans who have returned home should never feel cast aside by our nation. Nor should they ever have to fend for themselves and do without any needed support they may require.

I will not waiver in saying that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs to be more robust and responsive in their care of our nation’s veterans. This is the reason why I strongly support an expansion of the meager improvements of the VA Modernization Act in the following ways:

  • Significantly reducing wait times to access benefits and services (Especially on the East End of Long Island)
  • Improve legal representation for discharge upgrades due to conditions like HIV/AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and military sexual trauma (MST).
  • Help our heroes assimilate into society in every way imaginable, including educational opportunities, job training programs, and specialized mental health services.

Although I did not have the honor to serve in our military, there’s a special place in my heart for our nation’s veterans. I grew up surrounded by veterans in my family. My dad and 11 of my uncles served in the military. This includes all five of my father’s brothers. It was my dad’s youngest brother who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation when he lost his life in Korea at the age of 20. His name was PFC Nicholas Antonucci – the name my parents chose for me. My family’s impact on me is evident, which is why I feel so strongly about the quality of care and treatment of our veterans.

 
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