As an Operation Enduring Freedom veteran, Jim Banks has a special appreciation for the service and sacrifice our veterans make. To ensure that our nation keeps its promises to our veterans, he sought and obtained a seat on the House Veterans Affairs Committee.
Jim Banks was the chief sponsor of a bill that was later signed into law to help families of service members who died at sea to get the recognition they deserve at their final resting place.
Congress has also recently passed legislation that gives the Department of Veterans Affairs unprecedented power to discipline federal workers who aren't living up to their obligation to our veterans. The scope of benefits available to veterans has been expanded and there is a renewed focus on not just fixing the VA, but also placing it on a path to serve veterans well into the future.
In addition to his work on the national scene, Banks has helped local homeless veterans’ shelter Shepherd's House get continued funding by speaking with the VA Secretary about reconsidering how it handles funding programs for homeless veterans. The Fort Wayne VA hospital has several construction projects that have been prioritized in the coming year's budget - a huge turnaround from a decade ago when it was in danger of being closed down.
Banks has kept the promises he made when he ran for office. He is committed to ensuring our nation honors and cares well for those who bravely served our nation and those who hope to serve in the future.