In Mitt Romney’s recent speech to the VFW he assured the audience he believed every veteran “deserves care second to none.”
Yet in the nearly 100-page Ryan Republican budget proposal the word “veteran” is never mentioned.
Romney lambasted President Obama’s budget proposal for cutting military spending. However the Ryan Republican budget would cut military spending by 13% more than the president’s.
Furthermore, Romney in his Republican presidential nominee acceptance speech failed to thank American veterans for their service or make any mention of veterans’ issues.
Letting down veterans is nothing new for the Republicans. Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) published a report card that graded the senators in the 111th Congress for their voting record on veterans’ issues. Thirty-three senators received Ds and Fs; 32 of these senators were Republicans.
The Senate votes included such important bills as: veteran homelessness, full funding for the VA, mandatory mental health screening, veteran employment and the New G.I. Bill.
Does the Republican Party have anything to offer veterans beside the possibility of more war?
Look out Iran, here we come!
Frank Stearns is a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran 1967-68.