It’s a tired and worn out statement, but for some reason it still has traction. “Republicans support the troops” or “conservatives for the troops” are part and parcel to right wing campaigning. Truth is, Republicans have sought to defund veterans programs and to abandon them once home.
Progressives who have been involved with veteran issues and supporting veterans have known about the disconnect between that statement and reality for years, and now a highly regarded veterans group has offered, once again, substantial proof.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America published their annual report card on Congress, and the results, although predictable, go against the assumption that Republicans are the party supporting the troops.
Of the 94 members of Congress who got an A or A+ from IAVA for standing with this generation of American veterans, 91 are Democrats, only 3 are Republicans. On the other side, of the 154 who got a D or an F, only 12 are Democrats, 142 are Republicans. Look at the news report HERE. Look at the IAVA report card HERE.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is not a partisan group, but and advocacy organization working for Veterans issues on behalf of vets from the recent wars. And the facts speak for themselves – Democrats, especially the more progressive, care for the troops after coming home much more than their Republican counterparts.
Some of the worst examples are in the current crop of Tea candidates, like Sharron Angle of Nevada and Ken Buck of Colorado, both publicly advocating privatizing the Veterans Administration.
Republicans support sending the troops to war, they support undermining them with thousands of civilian contractors often acting independently, and they support wasteful Pentagon spending. What they don’t support are the men and women coming home. They are only pro-troop when it suits them, and helps an agenda.
My father received the best care of his life from the Veterans hospital here in Portland, Oregon. That hospital, along with the facility in Denver have my thanks, gratitude, and support. That support includes voting for progressives who will champion veterans rights.