Ben Buchwalter

The Quiet Veteran
October 18, 2008, 4:47 pm
Filed under: 2008 Election, Health Care, Republicans | Tags: ,

It is clear that John McCain is using his status as a veteran as one of his qualifications for President. He touts this as an indication that he is strong on foreign affairs and constantly refers to the fact that he was a POW. McCain’s service in an unpopular war should be praised. But there is a troubling trend in his stances on veterans issues after he returned from Vietnam. These stances led the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America to give McCain a “D” on their Senate Report Card, the second lowest of all 100 senators. (Barack Obama received a “B”). Here is a list of Senator McCain’s positions on Veterans Issues over the years:

  • McCain Voted Against Increased Funding for Veterans’ Health Care.
  • McCain Voted At Least 28 Times Against Veterans’ Benefits, Including Healthcare.
  • McCain Voted Against Providing Automatic Cost-of-Living Adjustments to Veterans.
  • McCain Voted to Underfund Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • McCain Voted Against a $13 Billion Increase in Funding for Veterans Programs.
  • McCain Voted Against $44.3 Billion for Veterans Programs.
  • McCain Voted Against $47 Billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • McCain Voted Against $51 Billion in Veterans Funding.
  • McCain Voted Against $122.7 Billion for Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • McCain Opposed $500 Million for Counseling Services for Veterans with Mental Disorders.
  • McCain opposed an Assured Funding Stream for Veterans’ Health Care.
  • McCain Voted Against Adding More Than $400 Million for Veterans’ Care.
  • McCain Supported Outsourcing VA Jobs.
  • McCain Opposed the 21st Century GI Bill Because It Was Too Generous.

Well jeez. George mentioned recently that McCain might have a superiority complex about his service. Not superiority against non-serving Americans, but against other veterans who did not excel as he did upon return from these wars. This is most strongly supported by his opposition to mental services, including PTSD, for veterans. If he did not develop the disorder after five years of torture, he seems to say, then someone who developed PTSD does not deserve treatment. I know its a taboo to criticize McCain’s service or anything related to veterans and McCain and I want to be clear, I respect that McCain served in this war.

But if he wants to flaunt his veteran record, then he should start voting for policies that help veterans rather than leave them in the dust like an arrogant-come-successful high school classmate.

Update: Think Progress on McCain’s dishonesty about his record on Veterans issues.


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Plus….McCain is repeatedly lauded for his decision to not leave as a POW when offered the chance. But the reality is that this is what the majority of the POW’s did when offered the chance. Although laudable, it was not unique as they like to portray.

And as someone who lived through that terrible war, I can’t honestly be all patriotic feeling about his decision to serve in that war.

I am glad you are pointing out his arrogance and lack of compassion in his attitude towards fellow vetrans.

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