Fulfilling our Promise to Veterans

Hillary knows that once our soldiers have fulfilled their obligation to our country, our country must fulfill its obligation to them and to their families. As First Lady, she called attention to Gulf War Syndrome, and as Senator she has vowed to make sure it doesn’t happen again. As the first member of the Senate Armed Services Committee from New York, she has traveled overseas to witness firsthand the incredible honor and courage of our troops. And in the Senate she has consistently taken a lead role in improving mental health services, access to medical care, general welfare, and morale of our veterans. Hillary’s Vision As President, Hillary will ensure that all of those who have sacrificed on behalf of our country receives the help and care they need to heal their wounds. In order to honor this promise, Hillary has proposed: Guaranteed, mandatory funding of our veteran’s healthcare system, and intensive care for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries; Reductions in the level of red tape facing our wounded service members and veterans; Protections for service members against predatory lending, insurance, and other financial practices; Increases in pay and benefits for service members; Expansions in the educational benefits for those who have served; and Help to ensure stability for children who are orphaned as a result of their parent’s service. Hillary’s Record In the Senate, Hillary has championed legislation to improve the lives of our veterans and their families. Hillary’s accomplishments on behalf of veterans include: Secured funding for veterans’ hospitals, reductions in prescription drug prices for veterans, and additional support for disabled veterans; Created a health tracking system for all active duty personnel and Reservists to ensure that they receive regular check ups; Expanded access to military healthcare benefits (TRICARE) for all Guard and Reserve members whether they are on active duty or not in order to prevent another illness like Gulf War Syndrome; Secured protections for our soldiers against unscrupulous financial practices like predatory lending and insurance scams; Passed the Heroes at Home legislation, which helps family members learn to support loved ones suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), identify ways to help

Guardsmen and Reservists transition back to civilian jobs, and assess the mental health challenges – including PTSD – faced by members of the Guard and Reserve; Increased the military survivor benefit from $12,000 to $100,000; Introduced legislation to honor veterans of the Korean War and the Cold War; and Voted to increase funding for veterans’ medical and mental health needs twenty nine times. Hillary has also been a relentless advocate for individual soldiers when they face obstacles with the Department of Defense or the Veteran’s Administration through her casework program in the Senate. Hillary has advocated on behalf of 3,800 individual soldiers and veterans.