Tim: I will advocate for veterans

Tim: I will advocate for veterans

I will be a strong advocate for veterans in Congress.
I have a deep commitment to veterans’ issues and our family, like hundreds of thousands of fellow South Dakotans, understands the commitment to selfless service our veterans have made. Three of our sons are Army veterans who served deployments in the Iraqi War era. Veterans must have the full support of their government. I am committed to serving our veterans as faithfully as they served us.
Here are some of my positions and commitments on veterans’ issues.
I am opposed to privatization of the VA. The VA understands vets and we need a veteran in charge of the VA.
Reduce the length of time for appeals to be heard on veterans’ claims. It currently can take up to seven years for a veteran to get a final decision. It is unacceptable that vets are waiting that long for ruling on a disability.
Fully fund a law passed by Congress to cover the gap in care-related bills for caregivers of veterans who served before Sept. 11, 2001. The law was passed, but no funding source was created to close the gap between bills and money provided by Medicare and private insurance coverage.
Improving the Veterans Choice Program, which is supposed to pay community health care providers if they provide services to veterans. All too often, the providers are not being paid and they then deny service to veterans.
I will fight to preserve the Hot Springs VA facility.
I will fight to provide the VA with the necessary staffing and professionals.
Retired pay restoration act. We need to disconnect retirement pay from disability.
I support a marijuana study for treating PTSD, removing the federal classification which makes marijuana use a crime, and I support doctor-prescribed, pharmaceutically dispensed medicinal marijuana. We need to start looking at herbal treatments and allow research.
I support a veterans court.