Name: Joe Williams

Office sought: State Senate District 11

1. Have you ever served in the US Armed Forces? If so, what were your branch, rank and years of service? Mention any details you might want voters to know.

I have not personally served in the armed forces but i have a deep respect for the people who have done so and those who still are and protect our freedom and democracy!

2. Do you have connections with veterans or active duty service members, including but not limited to family ties?

My brother is a veteran of the US Army. He served active duty and then in the Reserves where he retired as a major. His son, my nephew, is also a veteran of the US Army.

3. What do you consider the most important issues facing veterans and military families?

I believe that the main issues facing our esteemed armed services veterans are: lack of employment opportunities / lack of quality and affordable housing / homelessness / mental illness and ptsd / quality healthcare / social engagement / accessing available benefits due to them.

4. In what ways can you be helpful to Veterans and military families if elected to office? These may of course include policies not specifically directed to those communities. If you are an incumbent, include initiatives you have already undertaken.

As an elected official the respect and dignity of our veterans and military families will be a priority for me. I will support, sponsor and advance policies that address the challenges that i have mentioned above. I will support the policies of our armed forces as they impsct our military families. It is an imperative for that to be done!