Congressmen like Joe Wilson love to show off on Veterans Day. They talk about how much they love our veterans, go to parades, wave the flag, and might even manage to shed a tear in the process.
But what do Joe Wilson and his colleagues say about the fact that nearly 1 in 7 veteran are homeless? What do they say about the 986,000 veterans who are living in poverty or the 900,000 who are on food stamps?
Despite his own military record and that of his family members, Wilson’s record of supporting veterans is abysmal and inconsistent. Over the years, he’s voted for billions of dollars in cuts to veterans services. In 2010 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave him a “D’” for his poor record in supporting the heroes of those wars.
He’s not the only one and it’s not a partisan issue. No matter our views on the role of government, isn’t taking care of our veterans something we can all agree on?
Honoring our veterans is more than a slogan or photo opp. It’s something our country must do a better job at.
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