Terry McAuliffe on Homeland Security
Democratic nominee for Governor; previously DNC Chair
Expand Virginia Values Veterans program: help vets find work
We helped veterans get into the private workforce faster by offering workforce credit for military training. We expanded the Virginia Values Veterans program to help more than 20,000 veterans find work.
We funded the opening of two new veterans care centers so that Virginia men and women who have served in uniform no longer have to wait for the federal government to get its act together to get the health care they need.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to Virginia Legislature
, Jan 11, 2017
Foolish sequestration cost VA $9.8B in military contracts
Automatic federal budget cuts reduced military contracts in Virginia by $9.8 billion between 2011 and 2013 and they threaten to eliminate 154,000 jobs in the commonwealth, or 4% of our workforce.
Even in the face of these cuts, our close relationship
with the Department of Defense and the federal government will continue, and I intend to continue fighting for every dollar we can get. I helped fight off an effort to decommission the USS George Washington, which could have cost thousands of jobs.
I helped convince the State Department to choose Fort Pickett as the home of the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center, bringing as many as 500 jobs and millions in investment along with it.
Federal spending will continue to
be an asset to our economy, but there is no question that this foolish sequestration policy, borne out of a dysfunctional congress, is doing real damage to our economy and to many Virginians' quality of life.
Source: State of the State address to 2015 Virginia Legislature
, Jan 14, 2015
Soldiers at Walter Reed are upbeat despite injuries
On a visit to Walter Reed Hospital, where many Iraq War Veterans were being treated for serious injuries during the fall of 2003,
I will never forget how positive and upbeat these young men and women were, even though, they had received severe injuries. One of the more remarkable women there was
Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois National Guard helicopter pilot who lost both legs and full use of her right arm in 2004 when a rocket-propelled grenade hit the Black Hawk she was flying over the Tigris River.
She was determined to get back into the pilot's seat and fly again. Instead, she ended up running for Congress in the western suburbs of Chicago--I am proud to say as a Democrat.
Source: What A Party!, by Terry McAuliffe, p.384-385
, Jan 23, 2007
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