Jobs for veterans. In the past year, under Governor McAuliffe and Lt. Governor Northam, Virginia has doubled the number of veterans placed in jobs through the Virginia Values Veterans program. Ralph also supported legislation to establish a program to connect returning military medics to private sector healthcare jobs. Previously, these men and women would go unemployed because their medical experience was not recognized in civilian society, while employers left jobs unfilled, especially EMT positions. As an Army doctor, Ralph knows medics are highly qualified for such positions, having training and field experience with a variety of traumatic wounds. Ralph will continue to grow these programs until there is no longer any veteran joblessness in Virginia, just as veteran homelessness has been eradicated.
Veteran healthcare. Ralph treated veterans through the VA and is appalled at the national scandal in the federal department. Unlike President Trump, Ralph knows we must uphold our commitment to ensuring veterans have timely access to quality healthcare. As a member of the current administration, Ralph participated in the governor’s Summit on Veterans Health Care, which led to Virginia becoming the first state to develop provider agreements between the VA and community health centers to give veterans greater access to healthcare facilities of their choice, in their communities. Ralph also supported plans to build new veterans care centers in Fauquier County and Virginia Beach. Ralph will use his position as governor to be a leader in pushing Washington to reform the VA so that every veteran receives the medical care they need, when they need it.