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Standing Up for Student Veterans

Dear Friend, 

Honoring our commitment to Arizona veterans is my highest priority. When our veterans return home, we should ensure they can successfully transition to civilian life by providing access to career training and educational opportunities. I recently met with University of Arizona student veterans for a roundtable discussion to share our work and hear directly from veterans about how we can best support them and their families.

   

We discussed our work to help veterans achieve success in the classroom and listened to student veterans describe what they need to be successful

Here’s what we heard from Mitch Hegerle, a U of A student and Navy veteran: “Many of us student veterans here at U of A are juggling school with family, work, and other obligations. In meeting with her today, it’s clear Congresswoman Sinema understands the challenges we deal with on a daily basis. We sat down with her and discussed ways we can make education benefits work better for veterans, improve timely access to health care, and how to make the VA more responsive and accountable to veterans’ needs.”

Hearing from veterans like Mitch is why I worked to expand GI Bill benefits for Arizona veterans and helped pass the Forever GI Bill, which allows veterans to use their earned benefits at any point in their lives. I also helped introduce and pass a new law, the BATTLE for Servicemembers Act, earlier this year. Our new law better prepares departing servicemembers to attend college, learn a technical trade, or start a small business.

We’re also working across the aisle to improve the care veterans receive through the VA. Earlier this year, I helped pass the VA MISSION Act, which decreases wait times for Arizona veterans and allows them better access to care in their own communities. The president signed our bill into law in June.

I am honored to serve in Congress on behalf of Arizona families like yours. We always appreciate hearing from you on current topics and issues that are important to you. If there is an issue that concerns you, please let us know by clicking this link or by calling our Phoenix office: 602-956-2285. Be sure to stay connected through our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and let us know how we can be of service.

Sincerely,

Kyrsten

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