As the daughter of a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, Marilyn understands the challenges facing military families and veterans in our community. Reintegration from long deployments and the transition to civilian life can be the most challenging times of a service member’s life and their family – the skill set and expertise gained in the service may not always easily translate to civilian employers. Marilyn will support increased funding for the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Programs to ensure veterans have access to the necessary resources to make a successful transition, and increase Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funding to assist military spouses who have lost employment because of relocation of their spouse’s duty station. Marilyn will also work to improve the Veterans Administration and eliminate inefficiencies so that veterans can get the physical and mental health care they need.
The South Sound is home to Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), one of the largest and most well-regarded military bases in the world, and with that comes the responsibility to invest in defense community priorities from housing to education and transportation. JBLM has an annual economic impact of $8 billion and is the largest single point employer in Washington State. Marilyn strongly supports the Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP), which will bring $50 million in critical infrastructure investment to the South Sound. She will continue Representative Heck’s excellent work on this measure and aim to bring even more federal investment to our military communities.