Saturday, April 16, 2016

Ashford Calls on Congress to Keep Promises to our Veterans and Military Families

US House Rep Brad Ashford's office issued the following yesterday:

Ashford Calls on Congress to Keep Promises to our Veterans and Military Families

April 15, 2016

Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Brad Ashford (NE- 02) joined colleagues in staunchly opposing cuts to veteran’s benefits currently being considered by Congress.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is one of the most significant bills Congress has passed in a generation, and it promises our veterans access to education benefits, including housing allowances that can be transferred to family members. Proposed cuts would reduce these benefits by half if a veteran parent transfers them to their children.

“We are asking our military to do incredible things since 9/11. I do not understand why we are talking about restricting; we need to be expanding these benefits,” said Rep. Ashford. “There should be no question that when someone comes back from service they have a job, seamless healthcare and education benefits”

Ashford says not funding these benefits breaks a sacred promise our nation has made to our service members and their families.
Congressman Brad Ashford addressing reporters in front of the Capitol
Ashford was joined at the  press conference outside the U.S. Capitol by Representatives Tim Walz (MN-01), Seth Moulton (MA-06), Julia Brownley (CA-26), Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), Tammy Duckworth (IL-08), Beto O’Rourke (TX-16), Kathleen Rice (NY-04), Gwen Graham (FL-02) along with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Founder and CEO Paul Rieckhoff and representatives from the Air Force Sergeants Association, the Association of the United States Navy, Commissioned Officers Association, Vietnam Veterans of America and other Veterans advocates and supporters.