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The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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  • Friday, November 06, 2009

    Why Do Republicans Hate Our Veterans?

    This letter from an Oklahoma Iraq War Veteran is being forwarded by Jon Soltz, founder of VoteVets.org:

    From: Miranda Norman
    Date: Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 12:13 PM
    Subject: Coburn Blocking Vets' Aid - Will You Stand Up To Him?

    Dear Jon,

    Right now, in a disgraceful move, my Senator, Tom Coburn, is single-handedly holding up some very important veteran legislation. Sen. Coburn is trying to block S. 1963, "The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2009." While this is a legal move, we think it is morally wrong for Sen. Coburn to hold up any veterans benefits during a time when our men and women in uniform are giving so much to our country.

    Click here to sign our petition to Senator Coburn to stop blocking veterans legislation.

    By blocking this bill, Sen. Coburn is denying veterans a myriad of benefits and services. One of these benefits is caregiver assistance to our most wounded veterans. Severely injured veterans often need assistance to do some of the smallest tasks, and generally family members do that assistance -- often putting quite the strain on them. This bill will provide much-needed relief for those caregivers by allowing for family caregiver assistance and lodging and food assistance for attending caregivers.

    Sen. Coburn is blocking some benefits specifically for women veterans. Title II of this bill increases funding for such issues as mental health care for women who suffered military sexual trauma, women's health care needs, and medical services for newborn children. Other aid in the bill concerns rural veteran health care issues, mental health care matters, and programs to help ease the burden of veteran homelessness.

    Click here to tell Senator Coburn that his hold on veterans aid is not acceptable.

    Now is not the time to play petty political games with our veterans. What Senator Coburn is doing is shameful, and he deserves to know that those of us who are veterans and support veterans will not stand for it. So take a moment to sign the petition above, and tell your friends and family to do the same.

    Thanks for all of your support.


    Miranda Norman
    Iraq War Veteran
    Oklahoma State Captain

    What the hell is WRONG with today's Republicans. I mean we send these people off to a war then abandon them when they get back. That just stinks.


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