Ann Kirkpatrick Improves Quality of Life for Veterans

While covering the Navajo Parade and Fair in Window Rock, we noticed a woman receiving a lot of handshakes and respects from Navajo Veterans. The woman was Ann Kirkpatrick, and this is what we found out about her.

Ann Kirkpatrick Improves Quality of Life for Veterans

While covering the Navajo Parade and Fair in Window Rock, Arizona for Arizona Home and Garden, we noticed a woman receiving a lot of handshakes and respects from Navajo Veterans. The woman was Ann Kirkpatrick — a woman who has made a difference for Arizona.

Navajo Veterans at the Window Rock Parade, 2012

Navajo Veterans at the Window Rock Parade, 2012

Navajo Veterans at Window Rock Parade Az

While serving District 1 of Arizona in Congress, Ann Kirkpatrick passed legislation to ensure that veterans’ income benefits can no longer disqualify Navajo People from housing assistance. While serving on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs she worked closely with the Navajo Housing Authority (NHA) to craft the legislation. She was able to push it through the House of Representatives and The President signed the bill into law in October, 2010.

Read Ann Kirkpatrick’s public statements

Kirkpatrick also was instrumental in urging Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki to put into place a new requirement that Veterans who seek PTSD treatment simply provide proof of active-duty service in a war zone and be diagnosed with the illness by a VA specialist. The change eliminates strict documentation requirements that have delayed and denied mental health benefits for thousands of our Nation’s heroes.

Watch this video of Navajo veteran Kyle Mitchell talking about the struggles of dealing with post traumatic stress disorder on the Navajo reservation.

“Whether these brave men and women are just coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan or served in the military decades ago, our Nation simply has to keep its promises to them.”

Kirkpatrick’s Veterans/Servicemembers Life Insurance Equity Act and her bill reauthorizing the Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Education (VACE) both passed in the Senate and were approved by the House as part of a larger package. These measures will help ensure that educational benefits for returning troops will remain of the highest quality and that life insurance options for current and former service members can keep up with those in private sector plans. Read More

Kirkpatrick Moves Tribal Law and Order Act Into Law

The Tribal Law and Order Act, which Rep. Kirkpatrick helped to push through Congress, was signed into law as part of a broad initiative to help strengthen security in Indian Country. The law will give tribes new resources to keep Indian Country safe and allows them to better collaborate with state and federal law enforcement communities.

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