Fischer Campaign Announces Veterans For Fischer Coalition

September 4, 2012


FISCHER: “I am honored to have the support of veterans from across Nebraska. In the Senate, I will be committed to making sure Washington does all it can to ensure the brave men and women who served our country have access to good jobs and good healthcare when they return home.”

LINCOLN, Nebraska, September 4, 2012 - The Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate campaign today announced the Veterans For Fischer Coalition.

“I am honored to have the support of veterans from across Nebraska,” said U.S. Senator candidate Deb Fischer. “In the Senate, I will be committed to making sure Washington does all it can to ensure the brave men and women who served our country have access to good jobs and good healthcare when they return home.”

Fischer comes from a family with a strong military background. Fischer’s father served as a captain in the U.S. Army, and was a World War II veteran. Fischer’s brother served in the Air Force for 12 years and currently serves in the National Guard. And Fischer has a nephew who has served in the U.S. Army and is an Iraq War veteran, and another nephew who has served in the U.S. Navy.

Displaying her commitment to the sacrifice of our veterans, today Fischer also released her top priorities for America’s veterans, which includes improving access to healthcare and other services, continuing the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program, and cutting bureaucratic red tape to help disabled veterans receive their full benefits.

The Veterans For Fischer coalition will be led by an advisory board of seven veterans.

Steve Adams
Nebraska Air National Guard
Brigadier General (Ret.)

Roma Amundson
Nebraska Army National Guard
Brigadier General (Ret.)

Robert Athan
United States Air Force
155th Air Refueling Wing Group Commander (Ret.)

Ted Hempel
United States Marine Corps
Major (Ret.)

Roger Lempke
Nebraska Air National Guard
Lieutenant General (Ret.)

State Senator Scott Price
United States Air Force
Master Sergeant (Ret.)

Randolph “Randy” Scott
Nebraska Air National Guard
Brigadier General (Ret.)

“Deb Fischer will be a United States Senator who veterans can always count on. She is committed to ensuring the federal government honors its commitments to our troops and veterans and provides them with the absolute best resources to help them transition back to civilian life after they have served our country.”
State Senator Scott Price
United States Air Force
Master Sergeant (Ret.)

“State Sen. Deb Fischer understands the tremendous challenges we face abroad, but she is also prepared to tackle our nation’s most serious domestic threat: the national debt. Sen. Fischer understands that we need to begin living within our means to make sure we maintain a strong military that is able to keep our country safe.”
Roma Amundson
Nebraska Army National Guard
Brigadier General (Ret.)

Deb Fischer’s Priorities for Veterans

I believe national security is the number one priority of the federal government. Along with providing the resources necessary to maintain a strong national defense, we also need to take care of those who volunteer to serve and sacrifice for this great country. Veterans hold a special place of honor and should be afforded benefits that reflect the value of their service.

There are close to 23 million veterans living today. Of those, over 1.2 million are veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Their courage and dedication have kept America safe since the tragedy on Sept. 11, 2001. These brave men and women deserve to come home and have an efficient system in place to provide them with the medical care they need, services to help them gain employment and their earned benefits guaranteed.

As a U.S. Senator, I will work to make sure our veterans receive the treatment they deserve by working to create a system that delivers their benefits in an efficient and timely manner. Here are my priorities:

1. Improve access to healthcare and other services by providing the resources necessary to complete the implementation of the Integrated Electronic Health Record system. In order to increase efficiency in the delivery of care to veterans, medical records from the Department of Defense should be compatible when switching to the Veterans Administration. We also need to streamline the process for building new facilities. The last new VA hospital was built and activated 18 years ago. Lastly, we need to improve treatment for those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and other traumatic brain injuries.

2. Reduce the backlog of VA claims while making the process more accessible for veterans to track where their claims are in the system. According to the Federal Times, there is backlog of 866,928 compensation and pension claims at VA regional offices. In 2001, the average time to complete a claim was 181 days; it is now 257 days. This is completely unacceptable. The system must be made more efficient for claims to be processed in a timely manner.

3. Continue the Work Opportunity Tax Credits that provide incentives for employers to hire veterans. There are currently over 1 million veterans who cannot find work. These tax incentives help provide needed job opportunities for veterans as they return to civilian life, and also help grow our economy.

4. Eliminate the restrictions that currently prevent many disabled retirees from concurrently receiving their full military retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation. Veterans should not have their disability compensation deducted from their retirement pay. That retirement pay is earned through years of service to their country and if an individual should suffer from a service-connected disability, they should not have to choose between retirement pay and disability compensation.

5. Audit the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration. We need to cut wasteful spending, bring efficiency to the delivery of services to veterans and reduce fraud. This proposal has earned support from across the political spectrum, including Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

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