America owes the greatest debt to the service men and women who have served in uniform, both in the U.S. and abroad.
My Uncle Lou Scheinbaum was a Medic on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. Anyone who knows that battle knows the horror that those American heroes lived, in order to liberate Europe, and end the most terrible war and tyrant the world has ever known. Uncle Lou survived with the help and prayers of a local Priest and the lucky elephant figurine he gave my uncle to keep him safe.
He eventually returned from Normandy and the Nazi occupation, but he never slept a restful night for the rest of his life.
His home in Queens, New York, filled with hundreds and hundreds of lucky little elephant figures he collected since returning from Europe, reminds my family of the gift that is life, and the immeasurable debt that we all owe to our Veterans.
Throughout my career in government service, I have had the great honor to work with thousands of Veterans and their families, to provide the services and benefits that they and their families have earned and deserve. For returning warriors, and for far too many of Maryland’s 422,000 Veterans, returning to the civilian workforce is a challenge, if not downright impossible. That should never happen in America. That’s why I am so proud to have been honored by the United States Department of Defense for legislation I passed in the State Senate (SB245) to create a hiring preference for veterans and their spouses consistent with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. And as a member of the Veteran's Caucus, I'm proud to have authored and co-sponsored more than a decade of legislation to expand Veterans' pension credits, funding for the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, and a range of other funding for Veterans services.