Friday, October 17, 2008

UI vets critical of McCain’s record on veterans’ issues

In light of Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain’s recent “D” score on the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America report card, some members of the University of Iowa Veterans Association sounded off on their fellow veteran, The Daily Iowan reported.
“There’s a difference between the public John McCain who’s a POW and the John McCain who votes consistently against veterans’ benefits,” said sophomore Drew Hjelm, who supports Libertarian candidate Bob Barr. “I don’t see why that’s not a big talking point for [Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama’s] camp. … John McCain is just way off-base.”

“I think five years as a POW earns you a lot of things most people don’t deserve — but the presidency is not one of them,” added senior Scott Lyon, who is also leaning toward Barr.
Criticisms against McCain were lobbed during a UI Veterans Association meeting Wednesday at the Communications Center on the UI campus.

During the meeting, Aaron Schlumbohm, a member of the UI Veterans Association and an Obama backer, admitted he was surprised by McCain’s low evaluation “because I bought into the myth, the McCain myth,” the DI reported.

McCain’s Democratic rival, Sen Barack Obama, received a “B” on the IAVA report card.

However, Ben Hayden, a McCain supporter and state captain of the Vets for Freedom took issue with the IAVA’s report card rating, reference his organization’s “A-” rating of McCain, which praised McCain for his support of the Iraq war.

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TruThor said...

Where is the oversight of the unconstitutional delays in the VA & SSA claims process ? The VA rates me as a 100% "Service-Connected" disabled American vet, yet refuses to assign an Earlier Effective date, consistent with my service. The SSA's medical examiner determined disability, yet the ALJ denied me. His denial is inconsistent with established law and logic. I only recently discovered that the SSA's Chief ALJ (Debra Bice) Office of Disability Adjudication & Review has the power & authority to re-open my claim and correct the clear & unmistakable errors. I have asked, but wonder if the "Chief" has the moral fortitude to do the right thing in the face of a congress that routinely deals in mis-information, like Congressman Bruce Braley's district director, Peter DeCoch, who told me that my ONLY option was to re-apply. The SSA told me differently.

TruThor said...

Where is the oversight of the unconstitutional delays in the VA & SSA claims process ? The VA rates me as a 100% "Service-Connected" disabled American vet, yet refuses to assign an Earlier Effective date, consistent with my service. The SSA's medical examiner determined disability, yet the ALJ denied me. His denial is inconsistent with established law and logic. I only recently discovered that the SSA's Chief ALJ (Debra Bice) Office of Disability Adjudication & Review has the power & authority to re-open my claim and correct the clear & unmistakable errors. I have asked, but wonder if the "Chief" has the moral fortitude to do the right thing in the face of a congress that routinely deals in mis-information, like Congressman Bruce Braley's district director, Peter DeCoch, who told me that my ONLY option was to re-apply. The SSA told me differently.