“America’s veterans and military families deserve better than a candidate who is willing to keep our troops in Iraq for 100 years, but refuses to take care of them when they come home. The men and women in who volunteer to put on the uniform of the United States of America risk their lives to defend our freedoms, and we should do everything we can to help them be successful when they come home. While Senator McCain talks about supporting our troops and veterans on the campaign trail, his real record tells a much different story. While we honor his service to our country, Senator McCain’s double talk on veterans’ benefits is one more reason he is the wrong choice for America’s future.” Howard Dean’s statement responding to McCain skipping the G.I. Bill vote
“I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country. He is one of those heroes of which I speak. But I can’t understand why he would line up behind the President in his opposition to this G.I. Bill.
I can’t believe why he believes it is too generous to our veterans. I could not disagree with him and the President more on this issue. There are many issues that lend themselves to partisan posturing but giving our veterans the chance to go to college should not be one of them.” Barack Obama’s statement responding to McCain skipping G.I. Bill vote
“Perhaps, if Senator Obama would take the time and trouble to understand this issue he would learn to debate an honest disagreement respectfully. But, as he always does, he prefers impugning the motives of his opponent, and exploiting a thoughtful difference of opinion to advance his own ambitions. If that is how he would behave as President, the country would regret his election.” John McCain responding to Obama criticizing him for not supporting the G.I. Bill
On Friday, June 27 in Warren, OH, McCain the “straight talker” claimed credit for the same G.I. Bill of Rights he opposed. McCain said:
“I’m happy to tell you that we probably agreed to an increase in educational benefits for our veterans that not only gives them increase in their educational benefits, but if they stay in for a certain period of time then they can transfer those educational benefits to their spouses and or children.”
So, I guess, McCain opposed the G.I. Bill before he supported it. (Rolling my eyes).
The G.I. Bill guarantees full college scholarships for soldiers who serve in the military for three years. On May 22 the Democratic led Senate passed the Bill sponsored by Senator Jim Webb (D-VA). The Bill was supported by Senators Clinton and Obama who returned to Washington from the campaign trail to vote. McCain skipped the vote, opting instead to stay in California to campaign and raise money.
The Bill passed by a 75-22 vote — 25 Republicans disregarded President Bush’s opposition of the Bill.
McCain and Bush opposed the Bill because they believed that G.I. Bill would encourage soldiers to leave the military after only one enlistment. The Bill is inconvenient to them since the U.S. is fighting two wars and is trying to increase the size of the Army and Marine Corps. McCain said he worries it would reduce the number of noncommissioned officers. Non-commissioned officers are the “junior” management of the military. They serve as administrative or training personnel and as advisors to the officer corps. Their most valuable function is as a link between the ‘common soldier’ and commissioned officers, who, in most armies, is discouraged from developing too close personal relationships with his charges.
I guess it’s all about what’s convenient for McCain and his desire for war.
Our heroes need a President who is a friend and supporter, not an obstruction in their pursuit of the American dream.