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Burns to Veterans: Leaving them Behind

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Since I posted earlier this evening, I have been wondering what kind of votes would get someone a negative rating from the Disabled American Veterans. It’s hard to imagine Conrad legitimately claiming to support veterans with votes like these:

On November 17, 2005 Conrad Burns voted NO on S. 2020:

To provide an additional $500,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2006 through 2010, to be used for readjustment counseling, related mental health services, and treatment and rehabilitative services for veterans with mental illness, post-traumatic stress disorder, or substance use disorder.

On October 5, 2005 Conrad Burns voted NO on S Amendment 1937 to HR 2863:

To ensure that future funding for health care for former members of the Armed Forces takes into account changes in population and inflation.

On February 2, 2006: Conrad Burns voted NO on S Amdt 2735 to S Amdt 2707 to HR 4297:

– $14 billion for the Veterans Benefits Administration for Compensation and Pensions for the years of 2006 through 2010
– $6.9 billion to the Department of Veterans Affairs for the Veterans Health Administration for Medical Care between the years 2006 through 2010
– $1 billion for the establishment of the Veterans Hospital Improvement Fund
– Modifies tax rates on capital gains and dividends

It’s got to be hard to offer up empty rhetorical promises to support veterans while thousands are coming home suffering from PTSD, 2152 Americans have been killed and as many as 48,100 wounded, and you can’t even bring yourself to support the troops that your votes have helped send into harm’s way. Conrad Burns’ ads may desperately keep trying to remind Montanans that he was a Marine, but he’s definitely forgotten the sacrifices of our troops on the ground.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it’s a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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