CAPTION: U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and her husband John Bessler welcome veterans arriving to Minnesota on an honor flight at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
MINNEAPOLIS – Last night, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) welcomed military veterans home to Minnesota as they arrived at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
“Honor flights are a special way to recognize the service of the brave men and women who have stepped forward to serve our country,” Klobuchar said. “For many, the honor flight provides an opportunity for servicemembers to fulfill their dream of seeing firsthand the memorials dedicated to their service. I was proud to be with our veterans as we welcomed them home from this remarkable experience and thanked them for their service.”
Honor flights bring veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at the memorials and monuments in our nation’s capital.
Since coming to the Senate, Klobuchar has worked to make sure that veterans who have risked their lives for our freedom and security have the resources they need and deserve. Klobuchar has worked to upgrade the equipment for our troops in the field to help them safely carry out their missions, provide record funding increases to strengthen military healthcare and improve veterans’ health services under the VA. Klobuchar also worked to pass the landmark Post-9/11 GI Bill, which provided enhanced tuition and housing benefits to service members seeking to continue their education and smoothly transition into the civilian workforce. Additionally, Klobuchar supported the pivotal Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act, which not only improved support and training for family caregivers – who often carry the largest burden of nursing our wounded warriors back to health – but also strengthened health programs for women and rural veterans.
In 2018, Klobuchar led legislation with Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina to create a Center of Excellence in the Department of Veterans Affairs was signed into law. The law focuses on researching the health effects associated with burn pits and treating veterans who become sick after exposure.
In 2016, bipartisan legislation Klobuchar supported to allow Word World War II Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery was signed into law.