Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Katie Britt on Friday announced the launch of her campaign’s veterans coalition, which consists of hundreds of former servicemembers throughout the Yellowhammer State.
Serving as a co-chair of the “Veterans for Katie Britt” coalition is PFC Roy Drinkard, who is the nation’s oldest living U.S. Marine Corps veteran. The World War II veteran announced his endorsement of Britt via video on Friday.
While on the campaign trail, Britt has routinely touched on the need to address veteran suicide and advocated for reforms to the Veterans’ Affairs system.
In a statement, Britt pledged to address issues relating to veterans’ health as a member of the U.S. Senate.
“In the Senate, I will always fight for the brave men and women in uniform who keep our country safe, strong and free,” stated Britt. “I’ll work to ensure our military personnel continue to be the best equipped and best trained fighting force in the world, and I’ll support the ‘peace through strength’ doctrine preached by President Reagan and practiced by President Trump.”
She added, “When the members of our armed forces return home after concluding their selfless service, we must treat them like the heroes that they are. There is no doubt that America is failing our incredible veterans, who have never failed us – they are the best our country has to offer, yet our country is not giving them our best in return. It is far past time that this changes.”
Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL