In response to the Vote Vets ad asking him to support the new GI Bill, Cornyn’s campaign had this to say in Roll Call:
“The anti-war crowd is determined to use our men and women in uniform for their political advantage, even if our national security is jeopardized in the process.”
This bill and the ad had nothing to do with stopping the war but had everything to do with honoring our Veterans for their service to America. I guess this is something Cornyn would not understand since he avoided serving in Vietnam(questionably) while all of the men in the ad as well as Rick Noriega who is running against Cornyn, have served their country by being on the front line.
from Burnt Orange Report
To take this one step farther, a quick search on how Cornyn’s veteran score card, means the Junior Senator from Texas should stop talking out of both sides of his mouth and start to actually stand up for Veterans.
* 2006 Senator Cornyn supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 60 percent in 2006.
* 2006 In 2006 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave Senator Cornyn a grade of D-.
* 2006 Senator Cornyn sponsored or co-sponsored 6 percent of the legislation favored by the The Retired Enlisted Association in 2006.
* 2005 Senator Cornyn supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 33 percent in 2005.
* 2004 Senator Cornyn supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 0 percent in 2004.
* 2004 Senator Cornyn supported the interests of the The Retired Enlisted Association 0 percent in 2004.
It is beyond belief that a warmonger Senator would so mistreat our veterans at home. Is this really the type of Senator that Texas needs? NO!!!
In response, Brandon Friedman, an Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran from Dallas, and Vice Chair of VoteVets.org said, “Senator Cornyn’s response to veterans is ignorant, insulting, and beneath his office. The GI Bill has nothing to do with the decision to go to war, or the course in Iraq, nor would it jeopardize security. The GI Bill was a sacred promise enacted by President Roosevelt, and all we are asking for is that America not default on that promise.”
Friedman added, “Further, to accuse veterans of using ourselves as a political football is pernicious and absurd. Apparently, veterans do not have the right to ask Senator Cornyn to do the right thing, or else we’ll be smeared. At least we now know what Senator Cornyn thinks of those of us who served this nation in combat.”
Here is the Video Cornyn thinks will jeopardize American security. I will let you be the judge.
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Senators Cornyn and McCain talk a good line about supporting our troops but when it comes to voting to support a new GI Bill that would actually help our veterans once they have served our nation they chicken out.
VoteVets.org wants to know why and have all Americans call the two senators and ask for their support on the Webb/Hagel GI Bill.
Call Sen. McCain and ask him to support our troops. 202-224-2235
Here is the commercial aimed at John Cornyn.
Call Senator Cornyn and ask him to support our Troops. 202-224-2934
Here is the press release from VoteVets.org
In both ads, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan explain that only the Webb-Hagel bill will fully grant them the educational benefits they’ve earned, while a substitute bill, offered by McCain will grant them only a fraction of their benefits. Neither McCain nor Cornyn back the Webb-Hagel bill, which is due for consideration in the Senate this week.
“We didn’t give a fraction in Iraq,” the veterans say in the ad. “We gave 100 percent.”
The McCain version of the ad began airing this morning in heavy rotation on Washington, DC cable and broadcast, while the Cornyn version of the ad began on broadcast and cable in the Waco and San Antonio markets, which both include military bases.
Veterans said that Senator McCain should follow the leadership of Senators Webb and Hagel, by supporting the bill which has the support of a majority of Senators from both sides of the aisle, and every major veterans group.
Alex Horton, an Iraq veteran from Austin, who will soon be using GI Bill benefits said, “The G.I. Bill enjoys broad support on both sides of the aisle, but unfortunately Senator Cornyn is fighting tooth and nail against giving adequate benefits to our troops and veterans, using it as a wedge in partisan politics. He needs to lead by example and get his name on a bill our veterans desperately need. As an Iraq War veteran, I’ll be attending school in the fall under one G.I. Bill or another. My future has two paths: one is riddled with tuition debt and juggling a full time job with school, and the other is a path paved by benefits earned by my service to this country. Veteran students should not have to make a decision between food and school, and if Senator Cornyn makes the right decision to support this bill, we won’t have to.”
Brandon Friedman, an Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran from Dallas, and Vice Chairman of VoteVets.org said, “I began using the GI Bill less than a year after I returned from Iraq. Unfortunately, the amount of money it provided wasn’t enough for me to live and go to school at the same time. If I hadn’t found another source of income, I wouldn’t have been able to complete my program. And to me, that’s not what the GI Bill is supposed to be about. After serving in combat, veterans shouldn’t be placed in a position where they have to choose between going to school and paying the rent. That was never the intention of the original bill. Senator Cornyn needs to follow the lead of so many of his colleagues from both sides, who are doing the right thing to support our troops and veterans by voting for this bill.”
As stated on the VoteVets.org, the last time they aimed a commercial at McCain, McCain attacked them instead of supporting our veterans. It will be interesting to see if he does the same again this time.
If you’d like to help VoteVets continue to air ads like these, please consider donating by clicking here.
It is past time for the Senators who support the War in Iraq to actually support our Veterans.
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Leading Veteran political organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans endorses Rick Noriega for Senate
VoteVets.org makes Texas the battleground on ending the War in Iraq
(Houston, TX) — VoteVets.org, the leading political organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, today endorsed the U.S. Senate candidacy of Rick Noriega in his effort to unseat incumbent Republican John Cornyn.
Founded in 2006 by Iraq War Veterans Jon Soltz and Jeremy Broussard, VoteVets.org has endorsed eight candidates, both Democrats and Republicans, and held 11 Members of Congress accountable for failing to provide body armor and health care to active service members. The organization’s Board of Advisors includes respected veterans who speak from experience, including General Wesley K. Clark (ret.) and former Senator Bob Kerrey.
“As an Afghanistan veteran, you are keenly aware that the current course we are on has not only brought our fine Army and Marine Corps to the breaking point, but has endangered our security,” Soltz wrote in his letter to Noriega, noting the growing threat of al Qaeda once again in Afghanistan and Pakistan. “The dose of reality you will bring to the floor of the Senate couldn’t come at a more important time.”
Noriega, who serves as a Lt. Col. in the National Guard, has been an outspoken critic of the Administration’s policies in Iraq, and John Cornyn’s failed leadership. “The problem is, we hold a private in the US Army to a higher level of accountability than the junior Senator from the state of Texas,” Noriega stated. “Real Texans don’t vote against giving troops time home with their families. I’ve had the privilege of serving shoulder-to-shoulder with our men and women in uniform, and I’m ready to lead the fight in the US Senate to end this war.”
Soltz, in his letter, called John Cornyn “one of the weakest voices on troops’ and veterans’ issues,” and noting his refusal to allow our military to refit and rearm along with his votes against care for veterans, he added “Texans have little to be proud of when it comes to John Cornyn’s record on veterans and troops.” The endorsement from VoteVets.org follows on the heels of the endorsement by the State Association of Fire Fighters, and a growing number of Democratic leaders supporting Noriega’s candidacy to represent the State of Texas in the United States Senate.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )