With over 200,000 veterans in Arkansas, Chris Jones knows that those who have served our country in the military deserve to have the continued support of their communities and government. Chris Jones will work to support and implement programs that improve veteran access to care—especially health services, housing, career support, and protecting the right to vote.
In Arkansas, the rights of active duty military are also at risk. Currently, Arkansas has the highest rate of absentee ballot rejections in the country—and most of these rejections belong to military members. Chris Jones believes that everyone should have the right to vote and for that vote to be counted, especially those of our military heroes actively protecting our democracy.
Dr. Jerrilyn Jones, his wife, is an Air Force combat veteran who served in active duty in Afghanistan. As a military spouse, Chris knows first-hand some of the needs of supporting someone through deployment and upon their return, and he knows how important it is to give veterans the resources they need..
While there is funding (and services) for veterans from the federal government, some Arkansan veterans struggle to access the services provided by the government. Chris Jones wants to work directly with veterans to ensure the services meet their needs where they are and that the services themselves are easily accessible. He plans to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs is sufficiently resourced, increase education around accessing services, and grow communities of veterans in Arkansas so that Arkansas is the most veteran friendly state in the country.
To support our veterans, Chris Jones will:
- Support increasing awareness and access to benefits for all veterans.
- Ensure that support for affordable and accessible housing services includes a special focus on veteran needs so that we can end veteran homelessness.
- Partner with local organizations to support job training and career development programs specifically for veterans.
- Fight to protect voting rights by decreasing the number of unfairly disqualified absentee ballots.