Micah Edmond – To Honor Veterans, Fix the Veterans Affairs Department

by Lee Hernly, Editor

We’ve covered some of the other candidates running for Jim Moran’s seat in Congress at this link. Micah Edmond, the Republican running in the race, penned an op-ed in the Washington Examiner over the weekend on the Veterans Affairs Department scandal.

Via The Washington Examiner

Every Fourth of July we celebrate the birth of our great nation. While a time of great cheer, we are also reminded that our independence and continued freedom comes with great sacrifice.

As a veteran that has lost friends on the battlefield, that sacrifice is a harsh reality.

As Memorial Day approaches, it is with fondness and heavy hearts that we remember those in uniform we have lost in the service of our country. Their sacrifice reminds us that freedom is not free and that some things are worth fighting for — our ideals, our families and our fellow Americans. While generations of brave Americans gave their lives near and far advancing freedom and democracy, they are never forgotten. I humbly ask that my fellow citizens join me in paying tribute to the memories of our fallen service members and honor their sacrifice.

While the debt we owe can never be paid in full, we can pledge not to break faith with our active military members and retired veterans. Unfortunately, recent developments at our Department of Veterans Affairs indicate our government is failing our veterans.

Nearly a month ago, allegations and reports were made public that as many as 40 veterans might have died awaiting critical care and treatment at the Phoenix VA Health Care System. It has also been reported that at this VA clinic, secret waiting lists were created and doctored to cover up the case backlog and abnormally long waiting periods. And since this shocking revelation, at least 10 new allegations of manipulated waiting times have surfaced at numerous VA clinics nationwide.

This is not how we repay our veterans. This is not how we treat our heroes. They fought for us and now it is time their government fights for them.

Read more at this link.

I’m a veteran myself. Some of my questions are – where are the Democrats on this? Are Democrats against Veterans? Jim Moran has voted against reforming the Veterans Affairs Department. Why has no Democrat spoken out about this scandal in support of veterans?

What say you?

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