Dennis Rehberg’s Three Step Action Plan for Veterans

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Dennis Rehberg certainly knows what is in the best interest of veterans who need medical care in light of the Walter Reed scandal. To that end, he's developed a three step plan to address the problem.

Step One: Announce to the world that he intends to visit the medical facility at Fort Harrison, even though it is run by an entirely different agency–and has been rated as very successful. Make sure that the local papers print his press release. Ignore the fact that Walter Reed is a facility for active duty soldiers.

Step Two: Actually visit the facility, garnering another round of uncritical press. Offer up meaningless quotes like this: "The responsible people should and are being held accountable," suggesting that you will do something.

Step Three: Go back to Washington and keep voting against the interests of veterans and the military.

Newsflash, Congressman. You are responsible.  I know I like the pretend that the past few years of Republican rule were nothing more than a nightmare, but they happened, and the fallout from those years needs to be laid at the feet of Republicans. You voted for a war without planning for massive, debilitating casualties, you voted for a war without adequately protecting our troops, and you have given the President a blank check to conduct the war no matter the cost. 

It's easy for someone like Dennis Rehberg to talk tough about Iraq and to pound his chest patriotically. He'll never bear the burden of any  sacrifice. Press releases, managed photo opportunities, and staged tours are something less than substantive legislation and oversight to protect the interests of those who have served, but Dennis just doesn't seem to care about that. 

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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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