The national Veterans and Military Families for Progress organization announced today it is endorsing Ann Kirkpatrick in Arizona’s Congressional District 1 in recognition of her support of veteran, active duty, guard, reserve, and military family issues.
“For years, I have kept a quote on my desk that was given to me by a veteran. It reads, ‘Because they have already paid the price, fight for veterans with all your might,’” Kirkpatrick said. “I believe we must honor their sacrifices by offering unfailing support of veterans benefits and programs like job placement, health care and education. I am grateful for this endorsement, and I will continue the fight on behalf of our veterans.”
Below are comments from VMFP President Ronald Scott on the endorsement:
"Ann Kirkpatrick is a strong supporter of our nation’s veterans and active armed forces. While serving on the Veterans Affairs Committee as a Congresswoman, Ann Kirkpatrick clearly demonstrated her determination to work on behalf of our nation’s veterans by supporting legislation that would benefit all veterans in securing employment opportunities.
"Ann Kirkpatrick’s strong commitment to the issues that are critical to veterans, those serving now, and their families is unsurpassed. Her public support for priority funding of the Veterans Administration and her declared determination to provide for the establishment of a national veterans and military family policy give all veterans and their families especially those who are living in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District hope that once again they will have a Congresswoman who will vote in such a way as to keep faith with those who have served and sacrificed.
"Because of the experience that Ann Kirkpatrick acquired while serving on the Veterans’ Affairs committee, her decision to support legislation for improving the treatment of veterans with traumatic brain injuries and PTSD, and her deep understanding of the need for providing and guaranteeing full health coverage for National Guard and Reserve personnel, demonstrate that she is a candidate who has the character and courage and personal experience to do what is right for those in service to our country.
"We feel that veterans, active duty, military families, and in fact, all people of Arizona’s First Congressional District will be well-served with Ann Kirkpatrick as their representative by ensuring that America remains strong in national defense and in fighting terrorism."
Founded in 2005, VMFP is a non-partisan, not-for-profit veterans organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., and dedicated to ensuring that the rights and needs of veterans, active-duty service members (including national guard and reservists), and their families are understood by the American public, endorsed by our elected officials, and protected by legislation, regulation, and public policy initiatives.
About Congressional District 1
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About Ann Kirkpatrick
Arizona born and raised, Ann Kirkpatrick resides in Flagstaff, and her earliest roots are found in Eastern Arizona in McNary on the White Mountain Apache Nation. Her father ran a general store and her mother was a schoolteacher. Ann graduated from Blue Ridge High School in the White Mountains and then worked her way through the University of Arizona, earning a bachelor's degree and then a law degree there.
After earning her law degree, Ann served the people of Greater Arizona in a variety of positions. In 1980, she became Coconino County's first female Deputy County Attorney, cracking down on criminals and protecting neighborhoods and families in Northern Arizona. She later served as Sedona’s City Attorney.
In November 2004, Ann’s neighbors elected her to the Arizona House of Representatives to represent Legislative District 2, which includes Flagstaff and the Havasupai, Hopi, Hualapai, Navajo, and San Juan Southern Paiute Nations. At the state Capitol, Ann championed fiscal responsibility and quality education.
During her 2008-10 term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Ann’s results stood out in Congress, seeing more of her bills and amendments signed into law than almost any other freshman representative. Ann’s hard work created jobs, helped small businesses, hired more border patrol agents, and protected veterans and seniors in Greater Arizona.
Ann Kirkpatrick is the only candidate who can bring a lifetime of experience and results to Congressional District 1.