New Hampshire Iraq Veteran Warns Romney Would Be Disaster for Military, Security, Veterans
PUBLISHED: January 10, 2012
Hanover, NH – An Iraq War veteran is speaking out on tonight's results in the New Hampshire GOP Primary, warning that Republicans voted to nominate a candidate who would set the military, security, and veterans community back.
Andrew R. Vera, an Iraq Veteran who served in the US Navy from 2003-06, said, “As President, Mitt Romney would be a catastrophe for veterans, the military, and security. He hasn't demonstrated that he understands today’s military or the needs of today’s veterans. In fact, most of what he proposes would be an unmitigated disaster.”
Vera added, “Mitt Romney openly wondered a month ago about sending veterans to fend for themselves in the private health care system – setting forth the destruction of guaranteed Veterans Affairs health care. It was astonishing. Instead of thinking about how to strengthen the system, he wondered if we should just start to dismantle it. If he had been President last year, we would also still be in Iraq, against the wishes of Iraqis. As an Iraq vet, I can tell you that would have led to a new push by an insurgency, with US casualties mounting. It's extremely troubling to me, as an Iraq Veteran, that the GOP is about to nominate him.”
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