Letter to the editor: Batten understands the needs of service members, retired veterans

September 28, 2021

Virginia Gazette

By Laura Cornish

Like me, and many in our community, Del. Amanda Batten first moved to our area as a military spouse. Having made numerous military moves in the United States and overseas, Amanda knows how difficult it is to develop a “portable” career; procure housing, find good schools and make connections with new health care providers.

Just as importantly, Amanda understands the difficulties in transitioning out of the military. Amanda comprehends that our veterans and spouses have a wealth of experience, skill and knowledge and will be valued assets in the private sector once their public service is completed. Amanda wants to continue to find ways to connect employers with these talented military families.

Amanda is the only candidate I trust to fight for common-sense policies that address the unique challenges faced by active duty military members and retired veterans. She will work to keep cost of living low so that veterans can remain in Virginia, and she is actively supporting policies to cut taxes on military retiree pay.

I urge you to join me in voting for Amanda Batten for delegate this fall.