Support Veterans in Mental Health Crisis

Please join me as an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Sgt. Brandon Ketchum Never Again Act, which makes sure that no veteran seeking in-patient psychiatric care at a VA Medical Center is ever denied such care again. 

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Fight to End Veteran Suicides

Our nation’s heroes have defended us time and time again—it is past time for Congress to show that we’ve got their backs, especially when it comes to our United States veterans’ mental health. That is why I urge my colleagues to be an original cosponsor
on the Fostering Intergovernmental Health Transparency in Veteran Suicides Act,
or FIGHT Veteran Suicides Act.

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Cosponsor H.R. 712, the VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act

While data is limited, the American Legion, a congressionally-chartered Veteran Service Organization, commissioned a nationwide

survey in October 2017 on a portion of its approximately 2.2 million veteran members and found that 92 percent of all respondents support medicinal cannabis research and 82 percent of all respondents support legalizing medicinal cannabis. The survey also
found that “22 percent of veterans are currently using cannabis to treat a medical condition.” Therefore, medical research into the safety and efficacy of cannabis usage for medical purposes is timely, necessary, and widely supported by the veteran community.

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Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2019

Even though 33 states have legalized medical marijuana, 10 states and D.C. have legalized adult-use marijuana, and 68 percent of Americans support legalization, marijuana is still listed under Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act. Enforcing federal
prohibition of marijuana will only serve to increase incarcerations, prevent invaluable research into its medicinal benefits, and create financial barriers for businesses.

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