They say you can tell a lot about a nation's character by the way they care for those who have served to protect it. By that measure, we are failing.
Despite the billions of dollars thrown at our VA facilities, the long wait times and other problems that led to the deaths of many veterans several years ago have not gone away. In fact, veterans are waiting even longer to receive care. Recent reports say that more than 500,000 are now waiting more than a month and more than 80,000 are waiting more than three months!
Our current representatives in Congress, including Representative Chris Van Hollen, have not held the VA accountable to make sure our veterans get the care they deserve. We need new leadership in Congress that understands it is our moral imperative to do better. Leaders who understand that the status quo is not good enough.
Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Kathy Szeliga and I have something in common. Both of our fathers served proudly in the United States military. My father served as an Army medic in World War II (including the Battle of Normandy) and Del. Szeliga is the daughter of a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel. Kathy and I both know about the sacrifices our service men and women make and how little they ask for in return.
Kathy Szeliga will stand by our veterans and make sure America protects those who have protected us. And I will stand by Kathy when I cast my vote for United States Senate on Nov. 8.
Christine Estelle Herold Jeffers