As a Marine veteran of the Persian Gulf War and a member of the Mississippi National Guard, one of my top priorities is ensuring South Mississippi veterans receive the best service possible.
One of the most important bills passed in 2017 was H.R. 3218, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act. Not only did this bill provide an update of the G.I. Bill expanding eligibility and benefits, but it made several corrections to the treatment of Guardsmen and Reservists who serve under active duty orders. I drafted these provisions specifically with the input of my fellow national guardsmen and could not be prouder to have delivered on the promises we made to them. Active duty service should be rewarded in the same way regardless of your deployment authority.
As we continue the 115th Congress, I will continue to do all I can for my fellow veterans. The United States owe a debt of gratitude to our men and women in uniform and their families. Anything but the best for them is unacceptable, and I remain committed to keeping our promises.