This week, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Katie Porter, D-Calif., teamed up to bring out a proposal ensuring mental health coverage is not more restrictive than medical care coverage.
On what he called “freedom’s altar” — the bluffs above Normandy’s D-Day landing sites — President Donald Trump delivered what will be remembered as one of the historic addresses of his presidency.
“Veterans’ homelessness is also a major problem,” Crist added. “Those who bravely answered the call to serve should never be without a roof over their heads. While the president’s budget zeroed out funding for veterans’ homelessness, we included $40 million to tackle the problem.
This country asks a great deal of the men and women who serve in its armed forces. That’s why it’s absolutely crucial to have a Commander-in-Chief who cherishes the military and assures them that they are always fighting for a worthy cause.
It is hard to fathom the horror those brave men faced that morning and throughout the day. Or the immense pressure General Dwight Eisenhower felt making the final decision to proceed with the invasion that had been planned so meticulously.
“Our servicemembers answer the call of duty and risk their lives to protect our nation. Unfortunately, after military service, too many veterans experience mental health issues, substance abuse, and homelessness,” said Crist.
Bilirakis, who was the vice chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee when the GOP controlled the House, weighed in on why he was championing the proposal which Cunningham introduced last week.
Mast and Rice noted that almost 350,000 women in the Armed Force have deployed since 9/11 and they have reeled in more than 40 cosponsors on Capitol Hill and several veterans groups behind their proposal.
Mast and Gabbard pointed to military commands being instructed to cut more than 17,000 military medical personnel by the start of October, including “physicians, social workers, psychologists, and other mental health professional billets, some even serving in areas where civilian practitioners are unavailable.”
With the new U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM) not considering locating its headquarters in the Sunshine State, the entire Florida congressional delegation signed a letter to Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan on the matter.