Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin mostly avoided political theatrics at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, delivering a speech focused primarily on advocating for veterans' issues.

“America hands over her sons and her daughters in service with the promise that they’re going to be taken care of. Our troops are promised…that a grateful nation will spare no expense to patch them up and bring them back to health when wounded,” Palin told the crowded ballroom. “And now they come home wounded. Too many broken in body and spirit. Well we, their mothers and their fathers and their husbands and their wives, we’re here to collect on the promises made.”

Palin, whose son served in the military, bemoaned government bureaucracy and the roadblocks veterans face when accessing healthcare.

“The reason that you don’t hear about them is because our vets don’t whine. They’re not wired to complain,” she told the audience.

The former governor said the government should give veterans access to healthcare vouchers so they seek healthcare without going through Veteran Affairs clinics. She also suggested that vets with job-related skills should be able to test out of certification programs and that their benefits should be safeguarded.

Palin's biggest applause line came when she hit the Obama administration on its approach to combating the Islamic State.

"We can't kill our way out of war? Oh really? Tell that to the Nazis! Oh wait, you can't. They're dead. We killed them," she said. 

The annual Conservative Political Action Conference is at the National Harbor, as conservative students and activists hear from 2016 hopefuls. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the sights and sounds of CPAC 2015. (Julie Percha/The Washington Post)