Diplomacy must be the starting point for every relationship with a foreign country. Economic sanctions are important to tip the scales of any nation’s policies toward democracy and human rights. War is a last resort for only the most extreme of cases.

Even in extreme circumstance, our country should not engage in war, if it is not able to care for its veterans when they return home. As the chair of the Detroit City Council’s Military Veterans Task Force, I know that our federal government has failed our country with a backlog of cases where benefits are delayed or wrongfully denied.

Congress should reverse the burden of proof when allocating veterans benefits, so that injuries well-documented in a veteran’s service and medical records are assumed to be true until proven otherwise by the VA. The burden should not be on the veteran to prove their injuries are legitimate or service related.