(PASCO, WA) - In a new video released this morning, veterans advocate Tiffany Smiley (R-WA) announced her candidacy for United States Senate.
Tiffany Smiley said: “Sixteen years ago my life was forever changed by a suicide car bomber in Iraq. In the weeks and months that followed, I not only helped my husband recover from his wounds, but I had to fight our own government to ensure he received the care he deserved and the future he earned.”
“Sadly, we are not alone. Countless fellow veteran families twisted in the wind because of a bureaucracy that was unresponsive to the needs of families who were sacrificing everything for our country. So, I took on the Veterans Administration, took our message of reform all the way to the White House, and the VA was reformed.”
“But today families all across Washington are fighting their own private battles with a government that is supposed to be responsive to them. The people of Washington deserve a common-sense problem-solver who will put their needs first. That’s why, today, I’m declaring my campaign to serve the people of Washington in the United States Senate, to improve the education of our children, expand access to quality health-care, combat Washington’s homelessness epidemic, and create good-paying Washington State jobs.”
ABOUT TIFFANY SMILEY
Tiffany Smiley grew up on a farm in rural Washington. When she married her high school sweetheart and achieved her goal of becoming a triage nurse, Tiffany thought she had realized her piece of the American Dream. But April, 6 2005, Tiffany’s dreams changed in an instant.
Tiffany’s husband Scotty was severely wounded by a suicide bomber during his tour of service in Iraq, causing him to fall into a coma and permanently lose sight in both of his eyes. She immediately booked a flight for Walter Reed Medical Center near Washington, D.C, to be by Scotty’s side. When Tiffany arrived, Scotty was still in trauma care, and she was informed that Scotty would never be able to serve his nation again in uniform. Tiffany was even asked to sign a document, right there on the spot, agreeing to consent to Scotty’s immediate discharge from the Army.
The U.S. Military learned a little lesson about Tiffany’s strength, courage, and resolve that day when she promptly refused. Rather than simply going along with Army protocols and the federal bureaucrats who were insisting she immediately sign the paperwork, Tiffany fought for her husband, his dreams, and for the care she knew he had earned.
Tiffany pushed aside her professional dreams to focus on nursing her husband back to health, and fighting to ensure that Scotty’s recovery would not be compromised by inefficient government bureaucracy. She was determined that he would never become just another number in the unreliable VA system. To this day, Tiffany has made fighting to ensure every Vet gets the benefits and care they deserve one of their highest priorities.
The farm girl from rural Washington took on the federal government… and won. Tiffany not only made sure Scotty received the care he needed, but her relentless efforts allowed Scotty to demonstrate that his remarkable abilities greatly outweighed any disability he sustained. Scotty went on to serve as America’s first blind active-duty Army officer, breaking barriers for many who followed along the way.
Today, Tiffany and Scotty are the proud parents of three young boys.
Tiffany’s passion for helping others continues unabated today, illustrated by her unwavering commitment to empowering women who face adversity and fighting for critical reforms that help America’s veterans.
Tiffany uses her life’s trials and victories to inspire many like her, including those who have felt held down, held back, or pushed around by elected officials and government bureaucrats. Tiffany travels across the county sharing their remarkable story to help others discover and harness their power to confront and overcome life’s unexpected challenges. Tiffany also works with women in business, helping them shatter barriers, and encouraging them to never let life’s challenges stop them from realizing their dreams and their true potential.
Now, Tiffany Smiley is running for the United States Senate to take that same fight and optimistic spirit to help Washington families achieve their American Dreams. Tiffany believes that now, more than ever, Washingtonians need a voice in finding solutions to their unique problems, and countering Washington, DC’s endless divisiveness, radical partisanship, and gridlock.
To learn more about Tiffany Smiley’s record of taking on an unresponsive Federal government and fighting for the care of our nation’s veteran heroes, click here to download her campaign media kit.