I am proud to have served in the Navy with countless Americans who served with honor and distinction. Our service members deserve access to educational opportunities, employment, first-class healthcare and rehabilitation, and should not have to travel hours to reach a VA facility.

But Washington has come up short on its promises to care for our veterans, sometimes because Congress didn’t provide enough money, and sometimes because Congress did not provide enough oversight. Regardless, Washington must do better.

I won’t stand by and let folks in Washington fail our veterans or try and dismantle the VA. I will fight to fix the VA and make sure that the 400,000 veterans in New Jersey receive the best care possible. We need to commit to improvement of the care administered by the VA, including upgrading IT systems, expanding telehealth services, and improving healthcare access for our female veterans.

In Congress, I will make sure veterans in our community have top-notch constituent services to help navigate the federal benefit systems. This includes supporting the Morristown Outpatient Clinic and the Bloomfield Vet Center, as well as the East Orange and Lyons VA Campuses.