Senator Claire McCaskill is on the road this week, this time to meet with members of Veterans and Military Families for Claire — a coalition of Missouri veterans and military families supporting her re-election campaign. The group is co-chaired by U.S. Army veterans Jack Hembree of Springfield and Alexis Neal of Kansas City, and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Rev. Dr. David Duncan of St. Louis.
McCaskill kicked off her tour across the state yesterday with a stop in Waynesville, where she met with veterans and families at a local diner. From there, McCaskill traveled to Springfield and Joplin to talk with local members of Veterans and Military Families for Claire. McCaskill will meet with local members of the group in Kansas City, St. Joseph, and Columbia today.
Veterans’ issues have long been a cornerstone of McCaskill’s work in the Senate. Each year, she collects confidential feedback from Missouri veterans to better understand their needs and concerns. McCaskill says she’s taken this feedback to the Senate and achieved legislative victories — like the Arla Harrell Act and a bill to remedy problems at Arlington National Cemetery — for Missouri veterans.
Referring to her broad support among Missouri veterans and military families, McCaskill — whose father was a World War II veteran — said, “Our veterans and their families have made incredible sacrifices in defense of our freedoms. I am going to continue to do everything in my power to make sure our veterans get the benefits they’ve earned and deserve. And nothing is ever going to stop me.”