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Monday, May 22, 2006

VETERANS' GROUP THROWS SUPPORT TO COURTNEY

COLCHESTER---Retired Brig. Gen. Jim Throwe, formerly of Norwich, will head up a committee of veterans supporting Democratic congressional challenger Joseph Courtney.

Throwe and 17 other veterans threw their support behind Courtney Sunday, saying incumbent U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, R-2nd District, a Vietnam veteran, has failed in keeping the promise to those who have served their country.

"What makes a difference is who you do for a veteran, not what you say you're going to do," Throwe said. "He's voted for a bill that cuts my TriCare health benefits and increases my co-pay. For a veteran who served for more than 20 years, and lives on a fixed income, that hurts."

"I just wish I had the general's problem of having to pay a higher co-pay," added Ken Goldsmith of Woodstock, a pilot in the Navy Reserves. "I can't get TriCare because I'm in the Reserves."

The Courtney campaign staged the event on the Colchester Town Green Sunday afternoon, just two hours before Simons was to be officially endorsed for re-election to a fourth term down the road at Bacon Academy.

"Veterans throughout the 2nd Congressional District are fed up with this administration and Congress who talk but then go down to Washington and vote for budgets that underfund veterans' programs," Courtney said.

"CLEARLY THIS ADMINISTRATION AND CONGRESS HAVE A DIFFERENT PRIORITY THAT IS NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE," HE SAID. "WE NEED TO CHANGE THAT."

Simmons disputed the claims, noting that in the last 6 years health-care benefits funding for veterans has increased 40 percent, and overall veterans funding is up by 50% since he took office in 2000.

*Here we go again. This must be on the Republican's talking points when it comes to the veterans. That's all I've heard from them. "Bush has raised funding for veterans...and so on...and so forth. THEY HAVE MISREPRESENTED THE NUMBERS. .......I've got a whole article posted on this blog about the Republican's broken promises to the veterans. Make sure you read it. They misrepresented the numbers so they could use this talking point in their stump speeches this election season, since they don't have anything else to go on!


Source: Norwich Bulletin
Story By: Ray Hackett
May 22, 2006

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