Mike Bloomberg 2020

Veterans and Military Families

President Trump has repeatedly demeaned and disrespected our military leaders and Gold Star families. Our servicemembers and veterans deserve a Commander in Chief who will make sure our heroes receive the respect and support they’ve earned: real economic opportunity, a smooth transition from the military to civilian life, job training and contacts, mental and physical health care, fertility services, and more. Mike understands the sacrifices our veterans have made and their potential to grow our economy and strengthen our communities.

Mike’s Plan:

  • Educate companies about the skills veterans possess and link veterans to jobs
  • Help veterans draft plans and access financing to launch businesses
  • Improve access to care for all veterans
  • Improve mental health and address high rates of suicide 
  • Combat military sexual assault and harassment
  • Reduce veteran homelessness
  • Protect veterans and their families from deportation

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Mike’s Plan:

Ensure economic security for veterans and military families

Mike’s plan will expand technical training for service members in high-demand fields like computer science, make it easier to translate the technical certifications earned while serving into civilian credentials and will create Centers of Excellence and Empowerment where veterans and companies can connect to guide ex-servicemembers into fulfilling careers.

Improve access to care for all military veterans

Mike will eliminate co-pays for preventative health care services, expand rural veterans’ access to telemedicine services, reduce the disability claims backlog and increase access to and funding for mental health services.

Meet the needs of female vets

Mike will ensure that providers are trained to address women’s particular needs at all VA medical facilities and expand the availability of childcare. Mike’s plan also will ensure that military deployments won’t limit servicemembers’ ability to have a family and will provide resources to cover IVF and other fertility services for those who need it.

Address the veteran homelessness epidemic

Mike will bring security and dignity to homeless veterans and put veterans in homes by fully funding the federal government’s HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program, expediting the hiring of case managers to process applications for an additional 6,000 veterans and provide block grants to cities to build transitional-housing communities with wraparound services for veterans.

Address high suicide rates and mental illness

Mike’s plan will increase funding for mental health across the VA, broaden access to mental health services through public-private partnerships, ease credentialing to increase the number of providers, provide annual mental health exams for active-duty servicemembers, and educate those leaving the service on mental illness and gun safety.

Mike meets veterans during a campaign stop in Norfolk, Virginia.
Mike meets veterans during a campaign stop in Norfolk, Virginia.

Combat sexual assault and harassment

Mike will require staff across the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to be trained to handle reported sexual assault and harassment and provide care.
Mike will give victims of sexual assault the option of using an independent military prosecutor to ensure their cases are prosecuted appropriately, while subjecting all command prosecution decisions to independent review.

End President Trump’s discriminatory policies

Mike will reverse President Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military and grant an honorable discharge to servicemembers who were forced out under the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.

Mike Bloomberg unveils his plans to strengthen economic security for veterans in Fayetteville, North Carolina on January 3, 2020.

Protect veterans and their families from deportation

Mike will protect military families from the threat of deportation and provide immigrant servicemembers with a fast track to naturalization.

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Mike Bloomberg unveils his plans to strengthen economic security for veterans in Fayetteville, North Carolina on January 3, 2020.

Mike’s Record:

As mayor, Mike Bloomberg launched the Veterans Employment Initiative and provided career services to 6,000 veterans and their spouses. He also expanded an entrepreneurship program to help veterans start their own businesses. Mike secured millions in federal funding and taxable bonds to provide housing for veterans, and signed legislation increasing property tax exemptions for eligible veterans.

As the founder of Bloomberg LP, Mike has made it a priority to recruit veterans to the company and put their leadership skills to work.

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