Sunday, August 24, 2008

Which Presidential Candidate Is Better on Veterans’ Issues? Nope, It’s Not Who You Think

From The Daily News Leader, a Gannett newspaper in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley:
On July 7, at a town hall meeting in Denver, a Vietnam veteran confronted John McCain about his support of veterans’ issues.

“I have a perfect voting record from organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and all the other veterans service organizations,” responded McCain.

Although this sounds good, it is inaccurate and misleading. The VFW and American Legion do not compile congressional voting records, and other veterans’ organizations that do compile records aren’t favorable.

Disabled American Veterans is an organization that was founded following World War I, and today has 1.4 million members.

It not only tracks this legislation, but tracks how politicians vote. John McCain is documented as having voted with DAV-supported legislation 34 percent of the time. Barack Obama has voted with the DAV 89 percent of the time.

Another organization that tracks legislation important to veterans is Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the first and largest organization dedicated to those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

IAVA is only concerned with bettering the lives of returning veterans, and advocating for their rights. Its records show McCain voting with IAVA 58 percent of the time, and receiving a “D” rating. Obama voted with IAVA 89 percent of the time, receiving a “B-plus” rating.
The full piece, which gives specific examples of the ways in which McCain has betrayed the very veterans he claims he always supports, is available here.

(Hat tip to AMERICAblog.)

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