O Rourke also calls for the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with half of the money currently being spent there being passed on to programs for veterans of those wars.
Money collected by the "war tax". what he suggests for future wars would flow into a new trust fund for veterans set up at the beginning of each war.
Households earning less than $ 30,000 a year would pay $ 25. Anyone earning less than $ 40,000 will pay $ 57. Anyone earning less than $ 50,000 will pay $ 98. Anyone earning less than $ 75,000 will pay $ 1
"This new tax would serve as a reminder of the unbelievable sacrifices made by those who serve and their families," says O Rourke's plan.
O Rourke had introduced laws in 2016 and 2017 when he was still in office, the US House of Representatives, to create the same "war taxes" and trust funds for veterans of future wars.
The idea is not new: before the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the US had historically collected additional taxes during wartime. Under former President Lyndon B. Johnson, Congress passed an income tax surcharge, which meant that taxpayers ultimately owed 10% more. A group of House Democrats applied for a similar tax in the mid-2000s, but failed.
O & Rourke was a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee for six years and represented El Paso in Congress. He was the main sponsor of a move to expand the psychosocial care of veterans with "non-honorable" dismissals – which according to his campaign, the Trump administration has not implemented. He also successfully championed a move that requires psychological examinations for those leaving military service.
"We must be willing to pay any price and carry every burden to provide the full care, support and resources to each and every veteran serving each and every one of us," O Rourke said an explanation. "Eighteen years after the war in Afghanistan and nearly three decades after our first engagement in Iraq, the best way to honor the service of our veterans is to cut off the blank check for endless warfare – and re-invest the savings to ensure that everyone Americans can thrive on their return home. "
O & Rourke's plan also provides for a series of reforms by the Veterans Ministry, including the requirement for public reporting and notification of staff rations and waiting times, the expansion of telemedicine supply and the pursuit of an industry-wide standardization of electronic health data and a new focus on mental health, addiction treatment and suicide prevention.
O Rourke also calls for the National Institutes of Health's Alzheimer's Research Expenditure to double to $ 5 billion a year to address the risks of "military service." The full spectrum of reproductive health of Women include contraception without expenses, in vitro fertilization, regardless of marital status or sexual orientation, and abortion, as provided for in other federal programs. VA hospitals should also offer free childcare.
O & Rourke also said that he would ask the Ministry of Defense to update the service records of LGBTQ veterans who were released for their sexual orientation.
And he Proposes that military service should be provided with a path to immigrant citizenship as envisaged by the plan.