Co-sponsor the CHAMPVA Children’s Care Protection Act

The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) program allows the VA to share the cost of health care for the dependents and survivors of certain eligible veterans. CHAMPVA provides health care coverage to the spouse
or child of a veteran who is permanently and totally disabled for a service-connected disability, the surviving spouse or child of a veteran who died from a service-connected disability, the surviving spouse or child of a Veteran who was at the time of death
rated permanently and totally disabled from a service-connected disability, and the surviving spouse or child of a military member who died in the line of duty.

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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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