Of the original 11 Veterans’ House Committee members who voted for the shutdown/default, only 3 voted to reopen the government. Two of the anti-vet votes were cast by veterans Jeff Denham and Brad Wenstrap.
On the U. S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, only Senator Dean Heller of Nevada cast an anti-veteran vote.
The anti-veteran House Committee of Veterans’ Affairs member votes were cast by (data source):
Chairman Jeff Miller FL-1st
Doug Lamborn, CO-5th
Jackie Walorski, IN-2nd
Tim Huelskamp, KN-1st
Brad Wenstrap, OH- 1st
Phil Rose, TN-1st
Bill Flores, TX-17th
These nuts were in favor of delaying/stopping ALL VA beneficiaries’ payments (including GI Bill benefits) on November 1. Sec. Shinseki’s recent testimony before them fell on deaf ears. They will never have the backs of the most vulnerable vets, such as homeless vets, in any state, not even their own. And as if living with HCV isn’t hard enough imagine living with HCV and homelessness. According to this report, homeless veterans (2 years or less) have a 10.6% rate of HCV. If homeless for over 2 years, they have a 18% rate of HCV. They’re doomed. I hope that veterans will not give the individuals listed above (and their other like-minded comrades) a platform to use veterans so they can abuse them later.
Note: This opinion is my own.