This Is Not How You Support Veterans

Veterans protesting

Tom McClintock likes to claim that he supports the military and veterans. But like so many of McClintock’s policies, his words and his deeds do not match.

Tom McClintock’s Congressional website includes an “Issues” list and a “Newsroom,” apparently to identify the issues and policies that he considers important. Neither contains any evidence that McClintock actually supports the military or veterans, beyond the wars that our country sends them to fight. It’s been five years since McClintock has even mentioned the problems faced by members of the military and veterans. And so it’s little surprise that McClintock has done nothing to address the enormous challenges too many veterans face in trying to get the health care services our government promised them.

This article discusses the desperate need to hire people at the Veterans Administration, and the ongoing frustration of many that the Trump Administration is failing in this critical area. As the author explains, the VA currently has 49,000 vacancies — 14,000 more than 18 months ago, when lawmakers first started to demand changes to address this problem. Many believe this flows from the Administration’s destructive attempt to privatize the VA, with leadership “setting us up to fail so they can dismantle veterans’ preferred health care provider.” Despite lawmakers’ consistent attempts to resolve this problem — demanding information and offering extensive financial support to address it — the current VA leadership hasn’t taken the steps it needs to fill the many vacancies, and so nearly 12% of the VA’s workforce is missing.

The result is inevitable and predictable. Veteran care has suffered. As Senator Jon Tester told the VA late last year, “I regularly hear from veterans throughout Montana and elsewhere that vacancies and constant turnover negatively impact how quickly they can get appointments, as well as the quality of their relationship with their doctor.” Our veterans deserve more. They deserve a fully staffed VA. And they deserve politicians committed to ensuring that our government fulfills its promises to veterans, who will fight to make sure that they have the healthcare they need, when they need it. Tom McClintock’s history — and his utter failure to address this problem — demonstrates that he is not that politician.

California’s 4th District deserves better. We deserve a representative who sees our challenges with clear eyes and takes meaningful action to fix them. We deserve a representative who truly cares about what happens in this District. We deserve a representative who will fight for us.

Join us, as we fight to send Tom McClintock back to his own District, and to finally stop him from selling us out, one vote at a time.

Because we know, as Margaret Mead said, that “a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

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