I am a combat veteran of Vietnam and Iraq, my father served 28 years in the Army National Guard Veteran, and my grandfather,uncle were in World War II veteran. Between my combat tours, I served at the Bakersfield Armory as National Guard Recruiter, where I performed recruitment new soldiers and also served as [ The rendering of Military Funeral Honors for an eligible veteran, free of charge, is mandated by law. An honor guard detail for the burial of an eligible veteran shall consist of not less than two members of the Armed Forces. One member of the detail shall be a representative of the parent Service of the deceased veteran. The honor detail will, at a minimum, perform a ceremony that includes the folding and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of Taps. When available taps will be played by a bugler, however there are so few buglers available that the military services may choose to provide an electronic recording of taps. The veteran’s parent Service representative will present the flag. ] for our fallen veterans; I also took my soldiers to visit their wounded comrades at Los Angeles, Ca. I understand personally the sacrifices of our veterans and I will always ensure that we honor their service and patriotism.
I will work in Congress to uphold Abraham Lincoln’s injunction to “care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.” I will fight to preserve and protect veterans’ benefits, which are truly a form of deferred compensation for those who performed the highest service to our country. I will also work to ensure that the Department of Veterans Affairs modernizes its processes and has the resources needed to timely and accurately process benefits claims. I will promote veterans’ employment, both for reservists who are returning to civilian life and veterans leaving active duty. Finally, I will support measures to improve military quality of life for our veterans who are still serving and for their families, who sacrifice in their own right.