Talk is cheap and when it comes to funding federal programs intended to benefit our returning Veterans, Republicans are even cheaper. It is unconscionable for the Republicans to sing their own praises on how “they” support our Vets but at the same time consistently obstruct and veto programs intended to help our returning servicemen and women.
Republicans on Capitol Hill are the biggest culprits. In FY 2009, they voted against providing our troops in harm’s way in Iraq and Afghanistan with everything they need during the remainder of FY 2009, such as $1.9 billion more that was requested for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles to protect our troops. In 2010, they voted against providing special $500 payments for every month that 185,000 service members and veterans were forced to serve under stop-loss orders since September 11, 2001. Again in 2012, 29 Republicans voted (Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch did not vote) against restoring our nation’s military readiness by funding the Army’s and Marine Corps’ equipment reset requirements, giving the military a 3.4 percent pay raise, and expanding and strengthening health care services.
Republicans also voted against extending the New GI Bill college benefits to all children of service members who have died on active duty since 9-11-01. Republicans voted against ensuring that activated military reservists do not suffer a pay cut by providing a tax credit for small businesses employers who continue to pay their National Guard and Reserve employees when they are called up to serve.
Now yesterday, the Republicans blocked a jobs bill for Veterans on the floor of the Senate. (http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/250391-gop-kills-veterans-jobs-bill-with-budget-vote).
Support for our Vets must mean more than just a pat on the back; we need to support our Veterans with our generosity as a grateful nation. They did multiple tours, left their spouse and children, and sacrificed everything for our nation and all the GOP wants to give them in return for their service is “lip” service , but no real thank you, just partisan politics. There is a time for politics and then there is a time to help, and now is the time to help our returning Veterans.