Tim Walz on Homeland Security



Supports military tribunals to try suspected terrorists

Q: Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists?

A: Yes.

Q: Should law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?

A: No.

Q: Do you support the prohibition of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of prisoners in U.S. custody?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support a policy of pre-emptive military strikes?

A: No.

Source: 2006 Congressional National Political Awareness Test , Nov 7, 2006

Enlisted in Army National Guard at 17; served for 24 years

Tim's parents, Jim and Darlene, instilled in him the values that continue to guide his commitment to the common good and selfless service. Summers of farming with his family reinforced these lessons.

Tim's dedication to public service began soon after his graduation from Butte (Nebraska) High School with his 24 classmates. At the age of 17, Tim enlisted in the Army National Guard. Tim's leadership was recognized: in 1989, he was name Nebraska Citizen-Soldier of the Year.

"I loved growing up in a small town in rural Nebraska. Small-town life and working on family farms each summer taught me fundamental lessons about the importance of family and the value of hard work. I had wonderful public school teachers, great neighbors, and loving parents."

Upon his 1990 return from teaching in China, Tim served full time in the Army National Guard [for the next 24 years]. He joined his battalion overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Source: 2018 Minnesota governor campaign website WalzForGovernor.org , May 2, 2017

Suicide prevention programs & mental health for veterans

Tim's bill to help reduce the number of veteran suicides passed unanimously and was signed by President Obama. The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act helps make current VA suicide prevention programs more effective by creating incentives to attract more psychiatrists to the VA, creating a central website to better connect veterans with VA mental health services, and improving connections & coordination between the VA & non-profit mental health organizations providing services.
Source: 2018 Minnesota governor campaign website WalzForGovernor.org , May 2, 2017

Study & address suicides among veterans.

Walz co-sponsored studying & addressing suicides among veterans

Veterans Suicide Study Act - Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs conduct a study to determine the number of veterans who have committed suicide between January 1, 1997, and the date of the enactment of this Act. Congress makes the following findings:

Source: Veterans Suicide Study Act (S.2899/H.R.4204) 08-S2899 on Apr 22, 2008

Member of House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

Walz is a member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

The House Committee on Veterans` Affairs oversees agencies, reviews current legislation, and recommends new bills or amendments concerning veterans. Jurisdiction includes retiring and disability pensions, life insurance, education (including the G.I. Bill), vocational training, medical care, and home loan guarantees. The committee oversees the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), veterans` hospitals, and veterans` cemeteries, except cemeteries under the Secretary of the Interior.

Source: U.S. House of Representatives website, www.house.gov 11-HC-Vet on Feb 3, 2011

Endorsed by VoteVets.org; against wasteful defense spending.

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