Military & Veterans
The son of a World War II veteran, Gary was instilled the importance and value of service. When he was 34 years old, Gary felt compelled to serve his country and joined the U.S. Navy Reserve. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Gary volunteered and served again. Trained as a sharpshooter in pistol and rifle and as a Seabee Combat Specialist, Gary eventually rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
Gary is deeply committed to our service men and women and our veterans.
He has worked with countless veterans and their families in Michigan, helping them secure the benefits they have earned.
Gary has fought to increase funding for veterans’ medical care to the VA, including treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders. He has also supported legislation to give 1.7 million female veterans better health coverage and expand the new GI Bill college benefits to the children of fallen servicemen and women since 9/11.
Transition into the workforce here at home is difficult, especially in a tough economy. Gary has worked to improve education and job training programs to help our veterans translate the skills they learn in the service to jobs here at home. And he’s helped pass legislation to give small businesses tax credits for hiring unemployed veterans.
When our veterans file claims with the VA, they shouldn’t be subjected to staggering backlogs. Gary is working with his colleagues to reduce the backlog at the VA and get our veterans and their families the benefits they’ve earned.
All of us are indebted to the men and women that serve our nation. And Gary will continue to fight for Michigan’s service men and women, veterans, and their families.