Having worn the uniform for 24 years, and now having a son in the Army, no one will fight for our veterans more than I will. That's why my first bill introduced as a Member of Congress was a pro-veteran bill—the Protecting Gold Star Families Act. It ensures Gold Star families never miss a payment, even during a lapse in appropriations.

Our veterans are the very best among us, and every effort must be made to give them the very best.