Republican presidential candidate John McCain has voted consistently to keep money from wounded veterans.
McCain opposed this year’s 21st Century G.I. Bill, the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Instead, he co-sponsored a weaker version of the bill. The bill he opposed passed 92-6. He is the only senator who didn’t show up to vote, aside from Senator Kennedy, who was hospitalized.
McCain voted against an amendment providing $20 billion to the VA’s medical facilities.
McCain voted against providing $430 million to the VA for outpatient care and treatment for veterans.
McCain voted against increasing VA funding by $1.5 billion by closing corporate loopholes.
Retired Army General Robert Gard said McCain’s proposal for concentrating health care on just combat injuries would “shortchange those veterans who suffer from non-combat related conditions.”
McCain said “It’’s not important” when the VA was found to be circulating a memo suggesting doctors lower their diagnosis for veterans in order to save money.
McCain voted against requiring minimum periods between deployments last year and against limiting soldiers’ deployment to twelve months.
McCain assured us years ago that we would get out of Iraq fast, lose few Americans, and the Iraqis would bear the expenses.
AND NOW THE WORST PART
This is going to make me very unpopular and maybe I’m just being a jerk, but I think it’s time something was brought out into the open. Everybody gives John McCain a pass because he was a POW. You know what? So were a lot of other people who never came home.
John McCain buckled under torture. He gave a statement denouncing the United States of America as instructed by his barbaric captors. To be brutally honest, I don’t know if I could have been any stronger, but I will say that there were a number of POW’s who were stronger and who NEVER denounced their country.
In short John McCain broke the Articles of the U.S. Military Code of Conduct. Here are those articles”
I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.
I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.
If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and to aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.
If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.
When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause.
I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.
Sadly, it all speaks for itself.