We are fortunate in this country to have men and women who choose to join the military, and in the process sign a blank check payable to the American people for an amount up to and including their lives. Nowhere else do you see commitment like that. We as citizens have an obligation to repay their commitment and sacrifices with our care and support when they come home to their families and communities. I am deeply committed to serving our armed forces members and veterans because of what I have seen and experienced. Two of my older brothers served in the military and my husband spent 27 years in the Navy. Two of my sons have served in the military with one still being active in the US Army Reserve. I have seen first-hand how military commitments can impact service members and the lives of their families. For me, supporting active duty personnel and veterans isn’t a political issue, it’s a deep, fundamental obligation of our government.
My desire to support service members and their families was a key factor that inspired me to join the Navy League – a civilian organization founded to provide support to the sea services. I have been associated with the Navy League for over 30 years. In this capacity I have worked with many talented individuals providing support to active duty personnel and their dependents associated with the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and U.S. flagged Merchant Marines. In my time with the Navy League, I have served in numerous leadership positions at the local, regional, and national levels.
As a legislator, I am currently a member of the Joint Committee on Veterans’ and Military Affairs. I am a past chair of this committee, and have supported policies such as in-state tuition at state universities for veterans and active duty members of the military. I also supported the creation of veteran service centers at universities in order to provide them a place to gather on campus and to access state and federal veteran services. I am committed to ensuring that veterans are provided the services and programs they were promised when they joined the armed forces.
There is work that remains to be done. Homelessness, suicide, drug addiction, and other problems acutely affect veterans in our nation. I remember a time when those who returned from serving their nation were met with scorn or ridicule. We can never go back to that time. Reinforcing our duty to help veterans find work, housing, health care, and other services is critical. There are serious barriers in Olympia to improving veteran services, but be assured that I am focused and have proven my ability to create real change for veterans and their families. I ask for your support in the August 2nd primary election.
Watch My New Video
This video with its testimonials is a sign of the solid support behind me. I am committed to service, integrity, and results. Please tell me what you think!
Update from the Campaign Trail
I have been all over LD 10 meeting with constituents, strengthening relationships and making new ones. My campaign team and I have knocked on over 2,000 doors. We will continue door-knocking in the coming weeks leading up to the primary election. I love meeting and talking with people – it’s the best part of my job. I have held multiple coffee talks, been involved in two forums, and attended several community events. There are many things remaining to be done.
The primary election is just around the corner. Ballots have arrived and August 2nd is approaching fast. Make sure to mark the box next to my name on your ballots!
Have A Ton of Fun with Barbara on the Course
Its getting to that time of year again. The grass is green, the air is warm, the sun is out and that means its time for some fun with Barbara. Please consider participating in this wonderful annual event. You can meet with old friends and make some new ones. Sign up is easy. You can send the information via USPS, or you can sign up online. If you aren’t able to golf, consider sponsoring a hole. It is a great way to get involved if the competition is a little too fierce.
Tournament online sign-up, online payment, printable pdf sign-up form, and sponsorship information is available here.
Visiting the Rotary and Chamber of Commerce
This week, I am speaking at the Oak Harbor Noon Rotary Club and the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce as a Senator, not a candidate. Each year I brief the state budget and how it impacts our business organizations. This is something I have been doing ever since I was elected to office. It is important to our business organizations to understand how the budget process works, and I feel honored to be able to share this process with them.
Don’t Miss the Skagit County GOP Salmon Barbecue
This fun event is this Saturday, July 23rd, at the Skagit River Park starting at Noon. They will have great food, a forum, and more! I hope you are able to attend. I know it will be fun.
Have A Great Day!
When: Friday, September 9, 2016
9:30 AM Registration 11:00 AM Shotgun Start
Where: Whidbey Golf Club, Oak Harbor, WA
$135 Entry Fee includes Golf, Continental Breakfast,
Box Lunch, Snacks and Hors d’oeuvres
Make Your Payment: Online or by Mail
Online payments may be made here.
Or, you may mail a check to:
Friends of Barbara Bailey
PO Box 374
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Sign Up by Mail:
You can also sign up by mail by clicking here and downloading a printable form. Please mail sign up forms and registration fees to Friends of Barbara Bailey, PO Box 374, Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Sponsor a Hole!
Interested in sponsoring a hole? Or have questions about the tournament? Please contact Butch Bailey: 360-661-5372 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on the links below to view previous newsletters.
|A Successful Session, Kicking Off the Campaign||04/27/16|
|Last Leg of the Session||03/01/16|
|Session Mid-Way Point||02/11/16|
|The Session Begins||01/27/16|
|Special Session Update||05/05/15|
|I want to hear from you about the proposed bipartisan transportation package||02/27/15|
|Update to my three proposed bills addressing water access||01/28/15|