Veterans & Military Affairs

Veterans & Military Affairs

“We believe all qualified persons who wish to serve our nation are free to do so without discrimination. Our country has a sacred, moral responsibility to honor all of our veterans and wounded warriors. The party that passed the G.I. Bill of Rights will always work to protect the benefits our veterans and their families have earned in service to our nation.”

We Affirm:

1. The threat and use of military force should be the last resort when all other foreign policy tools have failed to effectively defend our national security interests, or that of an ally, or to end a human rights violation;
2. Our country has a moral responsibility to support all our veterans because they were willing to risk their lives in the defense of our country;
3. All service members of the U.S. armed forces who have been honorably separated, and meet all other naturalization requirements, should receive priority for citizenship;
4. We are proud of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and we commit ourselves to ensuring fair treatment for LGBTQ veterans, including by proactively reviewing and upgrading discharge records for veterans who were discharged because of their sexual orientation;
5. Our military is strongest when people of all races, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities are honored for their service to our country;
6. The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must be fully resourced so that every veteran gets the timely care that he or she has earned and deserves, including those suffering from sexual assault, mental illness and other injuries or ailments;
7. The VA is responsible and should increase its outreach to identify all unserved and underserved veterans including those that are homeless and provide the health care they are entitled to receive;
8. We reject attempts to privatize the VA; and
9. We are committed to addressing the scourge of military sexual assault and will increase efforts to prevent sexual assault and rape, and aggressively investigate and prosecute allegations.

We Will:

1. Support a defense budget that meets, but is not in excess of, our national security needs;
2. Support full federal funding for comprehensive veteran-centric systems to fulfill our commitment to all veterans by meeting their needs upon discharge, with an emphasis on suicide prevention, employment, housing, family support, reintegration, comprehensive healthcare with timely processing of claims and appeals, and legal assistance;
3. Provide support to care for our military family members, especially for the parents, spouses, partners, and children who have to rebuild their lives after the loss of a loved one or life-altering injury or disability;
4. Push for more educational benefits, job training, and protect and preserve the post-9/11 GI Bill for future generations;
5. Ensure that reservists and Guard members are treated fairly when it comes to employment, health, education benefits, deployment, and reintegration;
6. Oppose the exploitation of veterans from the for-profit college industry, and support strengthening programs that help veterans choose the best educational programs possible; and
7. Appoint an American Indian Veteran to the New Mexico Veteran’s Advisory Board/Council.

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