A report card put out by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America Action Fund (IAVA) gives Republican candidate John McCain a “D” on his voting record on veterans’ issues. Barack Obama and Joe Biden both received “B” for their efforts.
The report card graded the voting records of all members of Congress based on their support for 11 bills in the Senate and 15 in the House. The bills ranged on issues from Veterans Health to the GI bill for education to support of Homes for Heroes for homeless veterans.
The report singles out Sen. Biden for his strong work in securing $1.5 billion for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected “MRAP” vehicles to replace the more vulnerable Humvees.
This should help separate out the wheat from the chaff when it comes to this increasingly important issue. As of late we have been increasingly and necessarily reminded of George Washington’s words, “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by our nation.”
For the full report card including grades for each lawmaker go the the IAVA website.