America’s national security is rooted in our military superiority, strong alliances, and moral leadership. To preserve our way of life in a dangerous world, the United States must invest in our military readiness, honor our commitments to democracy and international security, and remain true to the American values at the heart of our foreign policy.
Fourteen years of war have exhausted our military’s readiness and left a generation of American veterans with the wounds of modern warfare. To ensure our security in the 21st-century and honor the service and sacrifices of our veterans, we must meet these challenges head on.
In Congress, Tim serves on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for ensuring our military service members have the equipment and resources needed to do their jobs and come home safely. Through this work, Tim has supported smart investments in combat readiness, including modernization of the Air Force’s AC-130 fleet. He also fought to secure funding for needed improvements to the Mahoning Valley’s Camp Ravenna and Youngstown Air Reserve Station.
Tim recognizes that our obligation to those who served does not end when they return to civilian life. As a member of the Appropriations subcommittee responsible for funding the Department of Veterans Affairs, Tim has worked to reform the VA’s approach to mental health treatment. Working across the aisle, he fought for desperately needed improvements to the VA that help veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries receive the care they have earned.
Taking action for our Veterans and military Service members
- As Co-Chair of the Military Mental Health Caucus Tim has worked across the aisle on behalf of members of our military who are not receiving the mental health care they need. In 2014, Tim and fellow caucus members introduced the bipartisan Medical Evaluation Parity for Service Members Act (MEPS Act) to improve military mental health screening. The bill passed the House as a part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014.
- In 2015, Tim secured $12.7 million to upgrade the firing ranges at Camp Ravenna and the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. These investments preserve local military jobs and ensure Ohio’s servicemembers have the necessary training and resources.
- Tim supported bipartisan VA reform legislation including the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act and the Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016, which were signed into law.