Walz spoke to National Guard group in West Virginia

U.S. Rep. Tim Walz spoke to the Enlisted Association of the National Guard Sunday at the group’s annual convention in Charleston, W.Va., telling them that taking care of our veterans should be a top priority for our nation.

Walz, as we’ve said before, is the highest-ranking enlisted soldier to serve in Congress, rising to command sergeant major during his 24 years in the National Guard. He’s on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

In his speech at the opening of the convention, Walz said:

“As our nation grapples with trying to address our growing debt, I have always been clear that these cuts should never be solely borne by our men and woman who have or are currently serving. Instead of cutting these vital benefits to our veterans, we must look at ways to save money within DOD without hurting our warriors or sacrificing our national security. I have introduced legislation to eliminate tax subsidies the federal government currently gives to wealthy yacht owners and I would suggest finding savings there before we ask members of our military and veterans to sacrifice more.”

“Our veterans are talented, they are capable and they have made incredible sacrifices. They have left behind their families, their homes, businesses and their jobs to serve our nation. The least we can do is make sure they have access to a good paying job when they return.” 

“Our wounded warriors deserve the best care and support we can give them. When a veteran suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury comes to the VA for treatment, they need to be presented with a comprehensive approach to rehabilitation that will allow them to recover function, achieve independence and fully integrate back into their communities.”

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Max Hailperin on 08/16/2011 - 08:14 am.

    My only question is, why isn’t this a no-brainer? As a nation, we do indeed need leadership like Tim Walz shows in order to remind us of these responsibilities. But that ought to embarrass the heck out of us.

    Military engagements are very costly, with costs that last for decades afterward. That’s why our leadership ought to think very carefully before entering into them. But once we’ve made the decision to use the military, trying to cheap out on the financial costs is outrageous. Those who serve and their families have already paid an immeasurable cost. They have all literally paid with their lives, because even the lives that are not lost are forever changed. When the rest of us, through our representatives, are unwilling to fully fund veterans’ services, we are simply shifting the costs onto those same families. How can we do such a thing?

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