Nathan Fletcher the war veteran is an inescapable talking point in the campaign narrative of Nathan Fletcher the aspiring mayor. He likes to tell the story that after completing deployments in Iraq and Africa, he was determined to go next to Afghanistan — until his wife Mindy said no. Come home, she insisted, and find [...]
MADISON, Wis. – It looks like we’ve found the secret to bipartisanship in politically divided Wisconsin: Veterans. There doesn’t seem to be much that brings Republicans and Democrats together in Madison these days, but veterans and active service members generally number among the limited instances of the ties that bind. Read more here.
Veterans Day in America is traditionally a time to look back, but the new generation of veterans wants to remind people the country also must look forward. As they return home after more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, younger veterans argue the holiday can’t just be about wreaths on gravestones at [...]
In the House of Representatives, the total of 85 veterans — out of 435 members — is also the lowest since World War II. The high point came in the 1970s, when Congress’ ranks were filled with World War II, Korea and Vietnam veterans. There were 80 veterans in the Senate from 1973 to 1975 [...]
Transporting fallen troops from the battlefield can change one’s perspective. It certainly did for Benjamin Lopez. The 24-year-old former Marine, now a biology major at Cal State Northridge, went from an admittedly unmotivated student in high school to a serious scholar after nearly five years in the military. Lopez is among the roughly 1 million [...]
WASHINGTON — Congress is considering legislation to make the Department of Veterans Affairs shutdown-proof because lawmakers want to insulate veterans benefits from the next budget deadlock. Last month’s partial shutdown of federal agencies did not include the VA’s health care system because it receives funding from Congress a year in advance. But the 16-day shutdown [...]
Iraq War veteran Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., testified Tuesday before the Senate committee that ratification of an international treaty intended to improve the lives of the world’s disabled would also help America’s wounded troops. “The generous benefits provided by the post-9/11 GI Bill … have given almost a million Iraq and Afghanistan veterans the opportunity [...]
Larry Kaifesh, a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, is Running for Congress in the 8th District in Illinois. Check out his campaign website, here.