We’ve long fought against the right’s underreported attempts to undermine veterans care in this country. Usually, while they talk about honoring veterans, they vote against funding for veterans, like the recent vote to kill Senator Bernie Sanders’ $21 billion dollar package to improve veterans services.
Now, the right has decided it’s time to make veterans the enemy.
Tea Party darling Senator Richard Burr used Memorial Day to launch an attack at Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) who are refusing to call for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation. Senator Burr smeared them as not caring about the veterans they represent.
Never mind that Burr left a committee hearing about VA care, before the VSOs testimony, and has long voted against veterans care. Apparently, the right fringe believes veterans are now the enemy when they don’t join in a political witch-hunt to get an Obama Administration official fired.
He needs to hear from veterans, military families, and their supporters about this cheap shot.
In their response to the senator, the Paralyzed Veterans of America – one of the groups attacked by Senator Burr – wrote to Burr, “You clearly represent the worst politics in this country.”
We agree, and we’re joining them in their outrage. We need to speak up now, before public attacks on veterans from the far-right become more commonplace.
Iraq War Veteran and Chairman
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