As Abraham Lincoln pledged during America’s bloodiest conflict nearly 150 years ago, we have a responsibility “to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.”

Senator Blunt is grateful for the sacrifices our veterans have made to protect the American people. He knows we owe our way of life, our safety, and our freedoms to the bravery and dedication of these American heroes. Since coming to Congress, he has been committed to ensuring that the needs of our military veterans are met to the fullest extent possible.

One of Senator Blunt’s proudest accomplishments as a member of the House of Representatives was fixing the system that denied veterans the ability to receive both military retirement and veterans’ disability benefits, known as “concurrent receipt.” He will continue to identify areas where changes are needed in our veterans' support system and work toward making life easier for veterans and their families when troops return home.

Senator Blunt admires the courage shown by our veterans as they work to keep our country safe for democracy and freedom. In the Senate, he is an advocate for veterans in every part of Missouri and he has taken opportunities to visit with Missouri veterans recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Senator Blunt understands that those who are returning from modern conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan deserve not only America’s gratitude, but also modern, efficient, and effective care for the physical and psychological challenges they confront when they return.