Sunday, November 30, 2008

Jim Martin Ad: Saxby Chambliss Voted Against Veterans' Health Care, G.I. Bill

Yesterday I posted about Saxby Chambliss, Republican senator from Georgia, and his refusal to disavow his disgraceful 2002 ad that juxtaposed photos of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein with Max Clelland, who lost three limbs in Vietnam. I also commented on Chambliss's lack of support for veterans' issues.

Today I came upon the ad above from the website of Jim Martin, Chambliss's Democratic opponent in the December 2 runoff race. The site presents the following information regarding Chambliss's abysmal record on veterans' affairs:

• Since Joining The Senate In 2003, Chambliss Has Voted Against Increased Funding For Veterans’ Health Care Programs At Least 23 Times.  (For all 23 dates, click here.)

• In 2008, Sen. Saxby Chambliss voted against the new GI Bill for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. (The Post-9/11 GI Bill: Fair Education Benefits for Veterans second vote.) The emergency supplemental funding bill included an expansion of benefits to veterans, service members and some veterans’ families wishing to pursue an education. The new "transferability" provision offers current service members who agree to remain in the military for ten years the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill benefit to their spouse or children. The expanded education benefit offers new veterans and their families much needed opportunities to get ahead. 

Click here to download the Congressional Report Card from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America in pdf.


quakerdave said...

Why do warmongering conservatives hate out veterans so much?

Jeff Tone said...

I've noticed the same. They want to use the vets to make war and strut about on the international stage, but when it comes to taking care of them, they're not there. Think of the lack of support for vets among Bush, McCain and Chambliss.