Some U.S. military veterans are speaking out to oppose the reelection of Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN(?)/NH). With good reason.
Philip Anderson, a retired military reservist with 20 years of military experience said, "When our troops come home broken, unemployed, and in need of help, veterans find out that budget games, political posturing, and corporate welfare are more important to politicians like Cravaack than the welfare of veterans. We can and should do better for our vets."
Cravaack's vote to cut the VA budget also received its fair share of criticism. Tom Gilliam, a Vietnam vet, called out Cravaack's hypocrisy saying, "You'd think that being a Navy vet, Cravaack would have more sympathy for our soldiers who come home. But while receiving veterans' benefits, he voted to cut funding for the VA."
You won't hear much about this in corporate media, but the notion of military veterans as automatic Republican votes, because the latter are allegedly "strong on defense," or even "more patriotic," is absolute nonsense. Many know perfectly well when they have been, and are being, used, lied to, and screwed over. From mid-May:
If the election were held today, Obama would win the veteran vote by as much as seven points over Romney, higher than his margin in the general population.