In a sad attempt to turn Veterans against Bernie, during Bernie’s speech in Madison, WI, Governor Scott Walker’s staff tweeted:
“Thousands of veterans suffered in VA scandal yet @BernieSanders downplayed it & attacked those who exposed it.”
It’s true that Bernie Sanders wants to cut the defense budget. He protested the Vietnam War, and he voted against going to war in Iraq…both times.
He could never be described as “pro-military”, but Veterans can see he’s gone to war for them advocating that we must take care of our men and women who serve after they come home.
He’s undeniably, unquestionably — Pro-Veteran.
Here’s Some Proof About How Veterans Really Feel About Bernie Sanders
Bernie has ALWAYS been on the side of Veterans and has received many awards from leading Veterans’ organizations.
Here are the most recent:
Veterans of Foreign Wars Congressional Award
Bernie Sanders was presented this award for his eight years of service on the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, including his time as the panel’s chairman during the last session of Congress.
VFW National Commander John Stroud said that Sanders played a leading role in winning passage last year of major legislation to improve health care services at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The nation’s largest service organization of combat veterans said Sanders “has been a commanding voice” fighting to preserve benefits for disabled veterans, for the proper care and treatment of women veterans, homeless veterans, for better employment opportunities and improved access to mental health programs. The VFW also lauded Sanders for increased congressional oversight that resulted in improved claims processing by the VA.
The American Legion Patriot Award
The American Legion presented its Patriot Award to Sen. Bernie Sanders, chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
The citation said:
“Sanders’ dedication to those who have borne the battle and their families is unquestionable. When systemic problems plaguing the Veterans Health Administration were brought to your attention, you immediately ordered hearings and introduced legislation to improve the lives of patients and those trying to access care.”
Col. Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award from the Military Officers Association of America
Sanders was given this award for his leadership in a range of initiatives across the entire uniformed service community.
Nice try, Governor Walker.