U.S. Rep. Tim Walz spoke to the Enlisted Association of the National Guard Sunday at the group’s annual convention in Charleston, W.Va., telling them that taking care of our veterans should be a top priority for our nation.
Walz, as we’ve said before, is the highest-ranking enlisted soldier to serve in Congress, rising to command sergeant major during his 24 years in the National Guard. He’s on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
In his speech at the opening of the convention, Walz said:
“As our nation grapples with trying to address our growing debt, I have always been clear that these cuts should never be solely borne by our men and woman who have or are currently serving. Instead of cutting these vital benefits to our veterans, we must look at ways to save money within DOD without hurting our warriors or sacrificing our national security. I have introduced legislation to eliminate tax subsidies the federal government currently gives to wealthy yacht owners and I would suggest finding savings there before we ask members of our military and veterans to sacrifice more.”
“Our veterans are talented, they are capable and they have made incredible sacrifices. They have left behind their families, their homes, businesses and their jobs to serve our nation. The least we can do is make sure they have access to a good paying job when they return.”
“Our wounded warriors deserve the best care and support we can give them. When a veteran suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury comes to the VA for treatment, they need to be presented with a comprehensive approach to rehabilitation that will allow them to recover function, achieve independence and fully integrate back into their communities.”