On Tuesday — three days before Veterans Day — House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Steve Buyer (R-IN) announced that for the first time in at least 55 years, “veterans service organizations will no longer have the opportunity to present testimony before a joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees.”
…The Disabled American Veterans, the “official voice of America’s service-connected disabled veterans,” just issued a scathing release calling the move “an insult to all who have fought, sacrificed and died to defend the Constitution.”
It's especially insulting coming from Steve Buyer, Republican Congressman from Indiana, whose web site bio makes a point of his service in Gulf War I, his status as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve (don't even get me started on what I think about politicians who keep reserve commissions), and boasts that…
He has been a pioneer on health issues affecting active duty military personnel, veterans, and their families. He has been the leading advocate to provide health care and assistance to Gulf War veterans who continue to suffer from yet undiagnosed illnesses.
Support the troops. Do everything you can to help boot hypocritical weekend warriors like "Lieutenant Colonel" Steve Buyer out of office.