My entire life, I’ve been surrounded by members of the military and I could not be more thankful for their dedicated service.
My late father, John McGinty, was a sailor and radio operator in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After the war, he got his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees through the G.I. Bill and became a naval officer. He went on to have a long and fulfilling career, first as a Special Agent with the Naval Investigative Service (now NCIS) for 20 years and then as a Special Agent in Charge with the Defense Investigative Service (now Defense Security Service) for 11 years.
Sadly, too many returning veterans can no longer do the same. Many return home to grapple with serious health issues including opioid addiction and struggle finding good civilian jobs. I’ve heard this often from veterans and my wife who is an Emergency Physician at the VA Medical Center -- it breaks my heart.
We need to do more for our family, friends and neighbors transitioning back to civilian life. When elected to Congress, it will be a priority to work for stronger health care and better career opportunities for our veterans because they deserve nothing less from me.
To all who have served, welcome home and Happy Veteran’s Day.
My grandfather, John McGinty, was a first-generation American who served as a sailor and radio operator on an ocean going tug boat stationed at a joint British and American naval base in Queensland (now Cobh) Ireland during World War I.
After the war, he went to Drexel Institute of Technology (now Drexel University, my alma mater) and was the first McGinty to get a college degree.
He then became a naval officer and served as a communications officer on the battleship USS Maryland in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
My grandfather, Edward P. McArdle, was as a soldier who served with the American Expeditionary Forces as an ambulance driver on the battlefields of Belgium and France during World War I. After the war, he went on to have a long career as an engineer.