Twelve years ago, I was wounded while copiloting a Black Hawk helicopter over Iraq.
I started that day doing what I loved. I ended it knocked down -- surviving only because my buddies refused to leave me. Eleven days later, I woke up with a debt I can never repay.
I still wake up every morning trying to be worthy of my buddies and their struggle.
I'm running for the U.S. Senate to make the most of this miraculous second chance and to continue the mission I began twelve years ago at Walter Reed: championing veterans and working families.
Add your name now to join my campaign.
My family and I had been knocked down before. My dad, a proud Marine, lost his job in his fifties. For a time, Dad did odd jobs, Mom took in sewing, I got a minimum-wage job. We relied on food stamps to help us get by.
Thanks to Pell Grants, work study, affordable student loans, and lots of waitressing, I fulfilled my dream of college.
My story is not unique. It's a story about why this is the greatest nation on earth -- a nation that so many are willing to die defending. A nation that says if you keep working hard, we won't abandon you.
We must embrace the notion that lifting one another up doesn't cost nearly as much as leaving other Americans behind. Add your name now to help me continue defending the basic values that make America great in the U.S. Senate: