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Monday, August 28, 2006

Veterans Issues: VETERAN CONVOY SUPPORTS BOYDA

Topeka---Democratic congressional candidate Nancy Boyda emphasized veterans issues and treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder as Kansas veterans stopped in three cities Saturday.

LJWorld dot com
By: Marshanna Hester
August 27, 2006

"When our young soldiers look at the way we are treating our veterans, we're finding we're having trouble recruiting at a time when we need it most," Boyda said.

Many participants criticized Congress and Boyda's opponent, incumbent Jim Ryun.

"When it comes to ratings by the Disabled American Veterans, Nancy's opponent received a zero for legislation regarding veterans," said Randy Barnes, a Vietnam veteran who suffers from PTSD.

About 30 people attended the Leave No Veteran Behind Convoy in Topeka. The group also traveled to Manhattan and Leavenworth.

Boyda and Ryun are campaigning for the 2nd District seat, which includes west Lawrence.

Boyda presented information during a news conference saying that the government compensation for PTSD was declining and that almost 10% of Vietnam veterans suffer from the disorder.

Ryun's chief of staff, Mark Kelly, released a statement Saturday titled "Veterans Funding that Jim Ryun supported." The statement mentioned his support for $41.4B in total mandatory veterans benefits and $24.4B for veterans medical care, which were both 11% increases from the previous year, for fiscal year 2007.

***There go the Republicans again using the increase as a campaign talking point. Those are "fuzzy numbers." It "appears" that Bush gave a big increase to the VA, but he didn't give them even enough to make up for all of the years that he didn't give them anything at all! Come on....quit making the American people look stupid. As for the mandatory funding Ryun claims he supported, that's a spin! If Ryun supported MANDATORY FUNDING, which he DIDN'T when it came down to the vote for it, he wouldn't have to support the "funding" for the VA. It would automatically have been given to the VA. That's what Mandatory Funding means!

"Since 2001, the veterans medical care budget has increased by 69%. Jim Ryun voted for an amendment to the fiscal year 2007 Budget Act that increases veterans funding by $795M every year for the next 5 years," the statement said.

***So! That was just an election year tactic! These are the fuzzy numbers I was telling you about. What he supported wasn't even enough to cover for everything that was owed from previous years. And with all of the miscalculations by the Bush administration, they didn't allow for all of the injured that are coming home now from conflicts in the Middle East. These Republicans find it easy to fund the "super-rich." Why not our "veterans?" And besides, Randy Barnes said that Ryun received a zero rating when it came to "writing up" legislation for the veterans. nobody asked about what he supported.

Kelly's statement also emphasized that Ryun voted for the Defense Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2007, which would block the defense department's proposed Tricare insurance fee increases for military retirees.

***Yeah, so! That happens every year and usually everyone votes it down. That's so the politicians can use that in their campaigning routines. Otherwise, they got nothing else!

Participants in Sunday's convoy said it's also about being patriotic.

"I think we need to think about being Americans first and voting to get our country straightened out instead of letting it go on like this," King said.



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