MT Politics 2014: Veterans!

“To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.” – President Abraham Lincoln

On Monday, U.S. House candidates Ryan Zinke and John Lewis sent press releases about veterans and military issues, and current U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced that he was holding a veterans listening session in Great Falls.

Any day you can get candidates and elected officials to talk about veterans’ issues is a good day. It’s not even Veterans Day or Memorial Day!  There are over 106,000 veterans in Montana, and we vote.

It’s important for candidates to talk about veterans’ issues, and let us know what they will do if elected and what they are doing for us if they currently hold elective office.

 

Ryan Zinke to Announce Veterans Plan

Zinke is a Republican running for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat. On Monday afternoon I received a press release from Zinke’s campaign saying that he would be announcing his top priorities for improving veterans’ benefits.

The event will take place this morning (Tuesday) at the Montana State Capitol in Helena from 10:00-10:30 am. It will be held on the North Side of the Capitol at the bottom of the Capitol steps.

John Lewis Announces Veterans and Military Families Advisory Council

Lewis is a Democrat running for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat. On Monday afternoon Lewis’ campaign sent me a press release announcing that he had formed a Veterans & Military Families Advisory Council.

According to the press release, the Council is “designed to give Montana veterans a voice when it comes to holding Congress accountable and keeping its promises to veterans.”

The 17 charter members of the council are from various parts of the state. Read more HERE

Tester to hold veterans listening session in Great Falls this Wednesday

Tester is Montana’s senior senator and a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He will hold the Great Falls listening session on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 10:30 am at the University of Great Falls (UGF) Student Center. UGF is located at 1301 20th Street South.

This will be Tester’s fifth veterans’ listening session.  Read more HERE.

Actions matching their rhetoric?

Besides letting us know what they will do for veterans if elected and what they are doing for us since they are currently holding an elective office, it would be good to know their thoughts on the new VA reform bill, and how they feel about privatizing more VA healthcare. I’d like to know what the number one military or veterans issue they want to deal with when the new congress starts in January.

Since many candidates and elected officials claim to be pro-veteran, I would also like to know how many veterans Zinke and Lewis employ on their campaign staff and Sen. Tester employs on his senate staff.

I’m sure most veterans would like to see if their actions match their rhetoric…

 

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