“We all have a responsibility to honor our commitment to the brave men and women who have served our country in uniform and their families. If one veteran is left behind, that’s one too many.” - Tim Walz
As the highest-ranking enlisted soldier to ever serve in Congress, Tim believes that Congress has a critical responsibility to ensure each generation of veterans gets the care and benefits it has earned.
Tim fights every single day to fulfill our nation’s promise to those who have served, including by making sure that Vietnam Veterans exposed to Agent Orange receive the care they need and by passing the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act.
Reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs
Tim is the leading Democrat on bipartisan legislation to address serious issues within the VA. One bill requires that an independent, biannual audit be conducted on the VA. Another bill requires that VA investigation reports be made public and available to Congress.
As a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Tim works across the aisle to demand VA accountability. He continues to bring forward solutions to guarantee that generations of veterans returning home get the care and benefits they have earned.
In October 2015, the Star-Tribune praised Tim’s work on VA reform that has reached across the political aisle. You can read this editorial here.
Clay Hunt SAV Act
On February 12, 2015, President Obama signed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act into law. Tim has been focused on mental health care issues since coming to Congress and fought to get the Clay Hunt SAV Act passed. As the lead author in the House, Tim worked to increase mental health resources for veterans and reduce the stigma of seeking care.
See Tim’s Veterans Day 2015 commentary, Let’s Continue Reforming the VA here.