(promoted by Scott Weingart)
We can never adequately express our gratitude for the sacrifices that the members of our armed forces make everyday to ensure that we enjoy all of our freedoms as Americans. Not only do our servicemen and women risk life and limb to defend these freedoms, but they also spend months and sometimes years stationed thousands of miles away from their families and loved ones.
In a recent newsletter, Scott Garrett had the gall to claim that he has worked for our veterans and their families while representing them in Congress. However, his record demonstrates quite the opposite, as he has consistently failed to support America?s veterans in his votes.
Most recently, Garrett voted against the 2008 GI Bill, which overwhelmingly passed Congress and will greatly improve the educational opportunities available to our veterans. Garrett also refused to support legislation like the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2007 (H.R. 2764), which ensures that veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan will receive the quality health care they deserve. Furthermore, he opposed expanding access to the military?s TRICARE health insurance program to thousands of Reservists and National Guard members, even though 40% of Reservists aged 19 to 35 lack health coverage (H.R. 1815).
Garrett has consistently earned appalling ratings from a number of veterans? organizations, including a C- from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, a 36% from The Retired Enlisted Association in 2006, and a 0% from the Disabled American Veterans in 2005. NJ-05 deserves a representative who will not only support our troops in word, but also in deed.
Unlike Garrett, I will work to ensure that our heroes in the armed forces will be able to return home safely and enjoy all of the freedoms that they have sacrificed so much to protect. This includes supporting legislation like the GI Bill, as well as the Assured Funding for Veterans Health Care Act (H.R. 2514) and the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act (H.R. 5740). These bills will guarantee that veterans are given the benefits they need and deserve.
As a member of Congress, I will never stop fighting to make sure we fulfill our obligations to those who have served our country. From improving health care and educational opportunities for veterans, to treating our troops with respect by rapidly and responsibly withdrawing from Iraq, I will work to ensure that the men and women of the armed forces are fully appreciated and supported.