Debbie believes our veterans should not stand at the back of any line and that our nation must continue to keep its promises to our heroes who have served- whether it’s health care, education, a chance at a good job or the military recognition they earned in service.
Debbie helped open new and expanded V.A. clinics in Alpena, Bad Axe, Cadillac, Clare, Cheboygan County, Grayling, Oscoda, and Wyoming, and authored legislation to protect funding for veterans’ health. She supported the 21st Century G.I. Bill, which provided education benefits for returning vets, and new programs to help vets with traumatic brain injuries or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
She has supported legislation to make sure the VA is held accountable for long wait times and authored legislation to expand healthcare services for female veterans and require the VA to extend healthcare coverage to Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange.
The bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill – which she coauthored and that passed the Senate on a historic bipartisan vote 86-11 – expands support for veterans who want to pursue careers in agriculture.
Debbie is leading the effort to make sure our veterans receive the military honors they have earned while defending our country. She authored and passed legislation paving the way for Michigan veteran James C. McCloughan to be awarded the Medal of Honor.