Colchester, VT — Today, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives Molly Gray unveiled her Veterans Affairs Agenda. Gray announced the Agenda at a press conference at Josh’s House in Colchester, joined by veteran supporters from across the state.
“I’m the proud daughter of a Marine First Lieutenant and proud sister of a Marine Corporal. Support for our veterans is not only personal; it’s part of who we are as Vermonters. It is because of their service that we enjoy our daily freedoms in this state and this nation,” Gray said.
“Veterans are talented, skilled, essential members of our community. They are doctors, business owners, and tradespeople. They are parents, coaches, and volunteers. When our veterans return home, we should provide them with a robust safety net and excellent healthcare and mental health services through a well-funded Department of Veterans Affairs.”
Lt. Governor Gray’s Veterans Affairs Agenda
- Ensure every veteran has access to mental health care and support services.
- The veteran mental health crisis impacts both those who have seen conflict and suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as those who did not see battle but struggle with the transition back to civilian life.
- Action item: Pass Sen. Jon Tester’s Post-9/11 Veterans’ Mental Health Care Improvement Act
- Oppose all efforts to privatize the VA, and work to ensure the VA is fully staffed and fully funded.
- Pursue a broad, comprehensive effort to address our state’s workforce shortage through a federal workforce agenda. This workforce crisis is particularly acute in the healthcare sector.
- Fight closures of VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs).
- Fight efforts to close or consolidate Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), which provide convenient, local care, sparing Vermont veterans long, regular commutes just to receive basic care.
- Action item: Oppose the proposed closure of the Brattleboro CBOC.
- Support veterans who have been exposed to toxic substances.
- Continue Sen. Leahy’s leadership to cover the medical costs of servicemembers who have been exposed to burn pits, which, for decades, were used to incinerate toxic waste at overseas military installations.
- Action item: Pass the Honoring Our PACT Act.
Gray announced her run for the U.S. House of Representatives on December 6, 2021. If elected in 2022, she will be the first woman in Vermont’s history to hold federal office. More information about Gray’s campaign for Congress can be found here.