As Southwest Washington's representative in Congress, I want to keep you up-to-date on my work to improve life in our region. In the newsletter below, you will find my most recent update. If you have any questions or comments for me, please send me a direct message here.
Supporting our Southwest Washington law enforcement
This week is National Police Week, and as we recognize our law enforcement across the country, I want to thank our Southwest Washington police officers for putting their lives on the line every day to protect and serve our communities. We are extremely grateful for your service.
Helping pair veterans with service dogs
Our brave men and women who have served in uniform know all too well the difficulties of transitioning back to civilian life. And with an average of 20 veterans committing suicide every day, and post-traumatic stress impacting up to 30% of veterans who have served in conflict, it's crucial we help veterans gain access to mental health resources and therapy.
I'm proud to have helped the U.S. House this week pass the PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act which will pair service dogs with veterans and help transform the lives of those struggling with PTSD.
Congressional Art Competition finalists
I'm excited to officially announce the finalists of the 2021 Congressional Art Competition!
1st Place: Andreea Coroi, of Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, with her artwork entitled "Mellona."
2nd Place: Kylana Hegnes, of Kelso High School, with her artwork entitled "Finn."
3rd Place: Tyler McKinley, of Kelso High School, with his artwork entitled "Beach Day."
I want to thank every student who submitted their artwork this year -- we had some really great pieces. And I'm looking forward to hanging Andreea's beautiful painting in the U.S. Capitol!
1st Place: "Mellona" by Andreea Coroi
2nd Place: "Finn" by Kylana Hegnes
3rd Place: "Beach Day" by Tyler McKinley
It's an honor to serve you in Congress. If you have a comment, question, or an idea for me, please send me a direct message here. As always, please let me know how I can assist you.