Yesterday, I proudly endorsed President Obama.
As a combat veteran of two tours of Vietnam with 22 years of service as a
Republican member of the U.S. House and Senate, the choice was not
But it is clear: President Obama recognizes that our sacred trust with
those who serve starts when they take their oath, and never ends.
That's why he's enacted tax credits to spur businesses to hire
unemployed veterans and wounded warriors. He implemented and improved
the post-9/11 GI Bill, the largest investment in veterans education
since the original GI Bill more than 60 years ago. He's proposing a
Veterans Jobs Corps that would help put returning service members to
work as police officers, firefighters, and first responders.
President Obama ended the war in Iraq, and has a plan to responsibly end
the war in Afghanistan. He's laid out a clear plan that would reduce
the deficit and prevent the mandatory arbitrary military spending cuts
that no one wants.
And something that hits close to home: President Obama secured the
largest increase in VA investments in decades, so veterans get the care
and benefits they earned, like treatment for post-traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury. As someone with
service-related PTSD, I meet with younger veterans weekly to help them
through the treatment and transition. It makes a difference for them
knowing their president has their back.
And let me be clear: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would be disastrous
for America's service members, veterans, and military families.
When you fail to mention an ongoing war in accepting your party's
nomination to be president, or veterans in a so-called jobs plan, the
public praise rings hollow.
Mitt Romney has time and again failed the test to be commander-in-chief
of our nation's military. When he politicized the death of Ambassador
Chris Stevens and three other brave Americans in Libya, he demonstrated
that he lacks the required resolve and steadiness. He sowed division
between "us" and "them" when he wrote off 47 percent of Americans,
including any veteran collecting disability like myself. He has still
failed to outline any plan to end the war in Afghanistan or bring our
He has not proven himself fit to serve as commander-in-chief of this nation.
That's the difference in this election. Candidates might praise our
service members, veterans, and their families, but President Obama
supports them in word and deed. He never forgets that standing by those
who serve is one of the core values of this country.
Even as a life-long Republican, I stand by him as he stands by all of
us, putting national allegiance ahead of party affiliation.
Please take a look at my full endorsement, then pass it along to your friends and family:
Senator Larry Pressler