Veterans

There is no adequate compensation for what our nation’s veterans have so bravely and honorably secured for us, but we can and we must endeavor to pay tribute to their service, by continuing our commitment to provide them with the best possible care and recognition.
 
As the Senior Member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, I have sought the best compensation and care for America’s soldiers and veterans through fiscally sound measures that preserve the heritage of the U.S. Armed Forces.
 
I have successfully authored legislation to enhance veterans and active military education benefits, working to allow those benefits to be transferred to our GI’s spouses and children which provides a significant retention incentive to these troops.  I have authored provisions to create Traumatic Injury Centers of Excellence within the Veterans Administration to address the treatment and rehabilitation of traumatic extremity injuries and amputations, expanding the availability of medical and dental services for National Guard and Reserves, and enacting nutrition and dietary care for seriously ill and injured service members to aid in recovery.  I am still working to enact changes to improve our survivor benefits program so that surviving spouses receive full benefits.  I believe that our veterans are owed their 2nd Amendment rights.  Our veterans and their families are also owed dignified funerals free from political protests.  I believe in working to enact the best compensation and care for America’s soldiers, veterans, and their families through fiscally sound measures.
 
For over 17 years, I have led a task force of veterans meeting on a monthly basis to stay apprised of the issues facing veterans in Oklahoma and across the country.  These monthly meetings have resulted in legislation to increase education benefits and establish state of the art medical treatment facilities pushing for health care benefits and pension plans that enable this nation’s bravest men and women to transition out of active duty into retirement with dignity.

Latest

  • Inhofe Praises Radar Upgrade at Henry Post Army Airfield

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced that a deal has been reached with the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and the Lawton community to upgrade the radar located at Fort Sill to a digital ASR-8.  Read More


  • Inhofe Introduces Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2

     U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and certified flight instructor with more than 11,000 flight hours, today introduced S. 571, the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR 2), legislation to expand the 3rd class medical exemption for recreational pilots and broaden the protections provided in the original Pilot’s Bill of Rights authored by Inhofe and signed into law in 2012. Original co-sponsors of PBOR 2 include Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Bob Casey, Jr. (D-Pa.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Angus King (I-Maine) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) Congressman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) introduced today the House companion legislation, H.R. 1062. Read More


  • Tinker to acquire land for KC-46A Pegasus maintenance

    Tinker Air Force Base officials announced today the acquisition of 158 acres of land on the west side of the base to stand up a depot maintenance facility for the Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling aircraft, the KC-46A Pegasus. Read More


  • Inhofe Statement on the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today voted for the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act (S.167), legislation he co-sponsored that would improve mental health and suicide prevention programs for military members and veterans. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 99 to 0, and will now go to the President’s desk.  Read More


  • Inhofe co-sponsors “Hire More Heroes Act”

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), joined Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and 20 other Senators Tuesday to introduce the bipartisan Hire More Heroes Act of 2015 (S.12), a bill that would encourage companies to hire more American veterans, while providing relief from the burdensome ObamaCare employer mandate. Inhofe was also a cosponsor of this bill in the 113th Congress.  Read More


  • Inhofe Praises Passage of National Defense Authorization Act for 53rd Consecutive Year

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today praised the Senate passage of H.R. 3979, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2015. Inhofe coauthored the legislation with SASC Chairman Carl Levin, House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA-25), and HASC Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA-9) It now awaits to be signed into law by the president. Read More