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Obama stands up for veterans

August 5, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

To the editor:

Last week, Mitt Romney appeared before the Veterans of Foreign Wars to supposedly lay out his vision on U.S. foreign affairs. Instead of laying out a specific agenda, Romney spoke in vague platitudes and distorted President Barack Obama's record on veterans and military affairs.

As a veteran, I know the sacrifice required when serving our country. And I cannot sit idly by while Romney distorts the record of our commander in chief.

Obama responsibly ended the war in Iraq and is beginning to bring our troops home from Afghanistan. Because of his leadership, al-Qaeda is weaker than at any point since 9/11. More al-Qaeda terrorists have been killed or captured than at any point since those attacks.

Yet, Romney accuses the president of engaging in "appeasement" with our enemies. Perhaps Romney should ask Osama Bin Laden if he feels the same way.

On veterans issues, the president's record is unparalleled. The president passed two tax credits that encourage businesses to hire unemployed and disabled veterans, made great investments in the VA and is helping more and more veterans go to college for free by improving the Post-9/11 GI Bill just to name a few.

Compare this to Romney, who as governor cut veterans' programs by hundreds of thousands of dollars in just his first month, and calls the Congressional Republican budget "marvelous" even though it would slash veterans' benefits by $11 billion.

Obama is the best fit to continue serving our needs as veterans and proud members of military families - he deserves four more years.

Raymond Martineau


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