Every day—and especially on Veterans Day—it is important to honor and remember all those who have served our country and fought for our freedoms.
Service to this country has been a part of my family for generations. My maternal grandfather served on the frontlines in both World War II and the Korean War. His memory will forever serve as an inspiration to promote and protect democracy, and work to uplift those in our community and around the world.
As a United States Foreign Service Officer, I was proud to work side-by-side with members of the United States military. I witnessed the hard work and sacrifices our service members make in order to serve our country. But too often our service members are not given the support they need when they leave the military and return to civilian life.
Our country owes our veterans a great debt. Elected officials must work tirelessly to ensure that we honor their service by providing the resources and services they need to thrive here at home. If I am given the privilege of serving my country again as the next Congresswoman from New Jersey’s Fourth District, I will prioritize legislation and constituent services that help our veterans.
I was proud to vote last Tuesday for the state-wide ballot measure originating out of the office of our own Monmouth County elected officials, Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly members Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling, which gives New Jersey veterans who live in continuing care communities a $250 annual property-tax deduction—a small step forward in ensuring military members, particularly our elders, receive the financial support they deserve.
I’m committed to protecting the rights of veterans and their families everywhere. I will work with my future Congressional colleagues to protect and expand resources provided by Veterans Affairs, including more robust mental health and rehabilitation services. Every military member should be welcomed home with gratitude and provided the tools they need to secure housing, employment, and comprehensive healthcare coverage. My support for these policies will never waiver.
Thank you to all those who have served, and, in Congress, I promise to proudly serve our community and our country.