Any issue related to the treatment and care of our veterans always carries more passion for me than others.  As the son of a career Air Force veteran, I have seen first-hand the many sacrifices our veterans and their families make to serve our nation.  That’s why I was especially pleased to read the announcement from the Department of Veterans Affairs awarding approximately $300 million more in grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program.  Two Arkansas based programs were included in this announcement:  St. Francis House (Little Rock) and Seven Hills Homeless Center (Northwest Arkansas).  These grants will directly help thousands of very low-income veteran families around the nation who are permanently housed or transitioning to permanent housing. 

I am proud of the work I have done to help our veterans, and will continue to be their strong advocate in the US Senate.  I’ve introduced key pieces of legislation and have worked with Senate Leadership to help veterans every chance I get.  Some of these important accomplishments are highlighted below:

  • Introduced Keeping Our Commitment to Ending Veteran Homelessness Act
  • Introduced the Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program Clarification and Reauthorization bill
  • As a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs I worked to include a provision in our Defense spending bill that will protect veterans' benefits from government spending lapses by providing advance funding
  • Worked to secure a grant for Little Rock Homeless Veterans Shelter
  • Cosponsored a bipartisan bill that seeks to address the issue of prescription drug abuse among our nation's service members and veterans ("The Servicemembers and Veterans Prescription Drug Safety Act")
  • Introduced and worked to get signed into law The Veterans’ Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitative Services’ Improvements Act of 2011

If you would like to read more on the VA announcement you can find it here.

Thank you for supporting our veterans.