Name: Michelle McCane
Office sought: House District 72

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 served in the US Armed Forces.

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

I have a few family members who currently serve. I also have family, friends, and colleagues that are veterans.

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

All veterans and military families need more access to appropriate timely support and services but veteran women face additional barriers and challenges. Research has shown that veteran women are more likely to experience severe symptoms of depression, post-traumatic stress, and anxiety. They also report three times the rate of sexual trauma. Despite being one of the fastest-growing demographics of veterans, women have difficulty getting gender-specific care through the Department of Veterans Affairs and have higher rates of unemployment.

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. I will champion legislative efforts aimed at broadening access to healthcare, education, and employment, such as supporting job training initiatives or funding matches. I am also committed to engaging with service members and veterans throughout my district and the state to better understand how I can be a meaningful supporter. Additionally, I can enhance awareness through my town hall events and collaboration with the media to highlight the success stories of veterans. One of my goals is to dismantle the taboo surrounding mental health issues by promoting available resources and fostering a culture of seeking help to counter the stigma frequently experienced by people, especially veterans.

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