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When it comes to our veterans and active-duty military, my number one priority is to make sure they have the support and programs they have earned and the resources and tools they need to protect our national security at home and around the globe.

I salute the veterans who have served a grateful nation. They have put themselves on the line for our freedom and deserve our thanks and praise. Whether they are trying to access benefits, health care, or housing programs, I am on their side. Cases in point: Passing legislation and securing funds necessary to locate the Jacksonville National Cemetery on the First Coast and supporting the funds to build the new veterans clinic adjacent to Shands Hospital in Jacksonville.

Naval Station Mayport, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Blount Island Command, and all Northeast Florida military assets help anchor our national security. As the only Floridian on the Defense Apppropriations Subcommittee, I have direct influence over funding decisions for these bases. That includes bringing the ships of today and carrier of tomorrow to Mayport as well as state-of-the-art programs like the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Programs (BAMS) at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Not a day goes by when I am not fighting to make sure these bases and the men and women who serve them have what they need to carry our that mission.