VoteVets.org supporter count tops 400,000
March 05, 2014 | Press Release
“We’re not done, though,” added Soltz. “We have huge plans to expand the reach of VoteVets, and bring in even more veterans, military families, and civilian supporters.”
VoteVets Endorses Gallego for Congress
March 01, 2014 | Press Release
“When you talk about service to this country, there are very few who encapsulate that more than Ruben,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran, and Chairman of VoteVets.org. “As Minority Leader in the House, Ruben has been a true leader for the state and his constituents. His dedication to fighting for Arizona is perhaps rivaled only by his service to the United States in uniform. Arizona could do no better than to send Ruben to Washington, where he will use his energy, passion, commitment, and skills as a legislator to represent them extremely well.”
VoteVets Cheers Walsh Appointment
February 07, 2014 | Press Release
“John Walsh will now be the first Iraq veteran to ever serve in the Senate, and you cannot overstate how important that is,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran, and Chairman of VoteVets.org PAC.
VoteVets.org calls for immediate passage of bill to restore cost-of-living increases to military pensions
February 07, 2014 | Press Release
“Passage of this legislation is urgent, and it’s appropriate that it has been fast-tracked, to give military members the peace of mind that their retirement will be there,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org.
Veterans joined by Rep. Bruce Braley in delivering over 100,000 petition signatures to EPA, calling on it to stand up to big oil and protect our troops by keeping the renewable fuel standard strong
January 28, 2014 | Press Release
“The 110,000 people that voiced their opinion on the critical importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard deserve to be heard,” Braley said. “The RFS improves our economy and contributes to our energy independence—and the EPA needs to understand that Americans don’t support their misguided attempt to alter a law that’s working so well.”
Veterans Group Opposes Pebble Mine in Powerful New Television Ad
January 22, 2014 | Press Release
The ad features Random Reamey, an Iraq War Veteran from Dillingham, AK, who is also a commercial fisherman. In the ad, following footage of a violent IED explosion, like was seen in Iraq, Reamey says, “That’s the kind of mine I was up against for two tours in Iraq. Here’s the kind I’m fighting today. Pebble Mine.”
VoteVets Continues Powerful Television Ad Campaign Supporting Renewable Fuel Standard
January 15, 2014 | Press Release
Today’s ads both feature an Iraq War Veteran, Michael Connolly, making the case that gutting the Renewable Fuel Standard would allow for a greater flow of oil dollars to our enemies, who use that money for weaponry that has targeted our troops. Connolly, who served in Iraq from 2007 to 2008, lived in Glenwood, Iowa from 2010 to 2012, and now lives just across the border, in Nebraska.
VoteVets launches powerful new television ad campaign supporting Renewable Fuel Standard
January 07, 2014 | Press Release
The ad opens with a massive explosion in front of a military convoy. Connolly says, “War is dangerous. I know. I was there. Now, people ask me all the time how they can support the troops.”
VoteVets PAC Endorses Takai for Congress
December 16, 2013 | Press Release
“From Kuwait to the State House, Mark has always been there for those who served in uniform,” said Greg White, Hawaii State Chair for VoteVets.org. “But, his record is so much more than that. His dedication to Hawaii, and his constituents, has been boundless. From Seniors to children, and all of the working men and women in between, Mark has been there. He’ll carry that dedication to Congress, and make us all very proud.”
VoteVets PAC Endorses Walsh for Senate
December 02, 2013 | Press Release
“John Walsh has the rare mix of experience and service that will make him a fantastic Senator that Montanans can be proud of,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran, and Chairman of VoteVets.org. “From Iraq to Helena, John’s life has been about service to the people of this state and this nation. Most of all, he’s a straight shooter, in true Montana fashion. He’ll tell it like it is, in Washington.”
Release: Retired Brigadier General and Conservative Republican Criticizes Cuccinelli's Ability to Lead Virginia National Guard in New Radio Ad from VoteVets Action Fund
October 24, 2013 | Press Release
“Virginia needs a governor developing policies that make extreme storms less likely, keeping Virginians and our Guardsmen out of harm’s way… Cuccinelli avoids the clear facts – putting Virginia families at risk. Denying climate change isn’t fighting for Virginia. And it’s not fighting for you,” Anderson says in the ad.
Vets group opposes GOP "piecemeal' proposals on shutdown - calls for immediate reopening of entire government.
October 04, 2013 | Press Release
"Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org said, “The idea that the Republicans in Congress can toss crumbs to some government services, at the expense of others, is a non-starter for veterans and for the nation."
VoteVets PAC Endorses Cannon for Congress
September 27, 2013 | Press Release
“From Vietnam to Iraq, Jerry Cannon’s life has been about serving America and Michigan,” said Rick Hegdahl, Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran and Veterans Coordinator for VoteVets.org PAC. “Jerry is one of those rare breeds, who has lived his life in service to others."
VoteVets PAC Endorses Mowrer for Congress
September 23, 2013 | Press Release
“Jim Mowrer’s life has been defined by service – service to his country, service to his fellow troops, and service to Iowa,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org. “Dedication to serving others is something that’s lacking on Capitol Hill. And, with Jim, it’s not just something he’s dedicated to, it’s something he’s passionate about."
VoteVets PAC Endorses Northam for Lt. Governor in Virignia
September 17, 2013 | Press Release
“Ralph Northam served this nation with honor and integrity, in the Army. He could have gone on to live a private life, made money, and retired, and no one would have questioned it, but he didn’t – he chose to keep serving Virginia, both in the Senate of Virginia and as a volunteer for children. His smarts, dedication, and character cannot be questioned,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran, and Chairman of VoteVets.org.
VoteVets PAC Endorses Anthony Brown for Governor
July 31, 2013 | Press Release
“Anthony’s story is as American as you can get,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran, and Chairman of VoteVets.org, who grew up in Gaithersburg. “Pure grit, determination, and smarts took Anthony from the son of a man who escaped poverty in Jamaica, through Ivy League school, and the rank of Colonel in the US Army.
VoteVets PAC Endorses Moulton for Congress in Massachusetts
July 24, 2013 | Press Release
“Seth represents the very best of Massachusetts and America,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org PAC. “Having served four tours in Iraq, with the Marines, he stayed there, when he could have come home, proving his dedication to this country. But his service and hard work didn’t end there.
Veterans demand Gov. Rick Scott return donation of man who swindled troops and veterans
July 10, 2013 | Press Release
“Recent news reports indicate that Mortgage Investors, a company run by Mr. Bill Edwards, may have attempted to defraud veterans,” said Pablo Pantoja, an Iraq War Veteran and Florida State Chair of VoteVets.org.
VoteVets.org Reacts To Breaking NYT Piece: "Zero Option In Afghanistan"
July 08, 2013 | Press Release
“If the killings of Osama bin Laden and other top al Qaeda leaders taught us one thing, it is that we don’t need troops fighting in Afghanistan to combat the terror threat to the United States,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org.
VoteVets Cheers Bi-Partisan Senate Bill to Block Military Aid to Syria
June 20, 2013 | Press Release
“Once we introduce weapons, we have zero control over them,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org. “We know Sunni insurgents, connected to the same groups that killed American troops and still target the Iraqi Army and Iraqi government to this day are a part of the opposition.
Vets Cheer Larsen Amendment To Curb Spending on Europe Nukes
June 11, 2013 | Press Release
“Congressman Larsen is doing what’s right and smart,” said Rick Hegdahl, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran from Washington State. “These nukes are designed to fight a Soviet threat that hasn’t existed in more than 20 years. If our European allies still see the Soviet Union as a threat, then they can foot half of the bill, and we can pay the rest. If they don’t think the USSR is a threat anymore, and don’t want to pay, then there is no reason for us to invest billions in a wasteful, global boondoggle.”
Washington Area Veterans Urge Senator Murray, Congressman Smith to Say No to Nukes for Europe
June 10, 2013 | Press Release
“First, it goes without saying that nations such as Belgium and the Netherlands, which would host these nuclear bombs, are important allies of the United States. But it also goes without saying that none of these nations face a threat from the defunct Soviet Union and haven’t for over 20 years. It is debatable as to whether these weapons even need an upgrade in technology. What is not debatable is that they protect Europe from nothing,” the veterans write.
Vets Group Urges Gomez to Admit Mistake with Fringe-Right Video, and Move On
May 08, 2013 | Press Release
"Mr. Gomez really should admit his mistake, and stop defending the demonstrably false video from this fringe-right group," said Soltz. "When I debated him on Hardball, it seemed like he really didn’t even believe a lot of what was in the video, and now he suddenly is supporting it, again.
Thousands of veterans and military family members demand the NRA say whether they support controversial comments about military suicides from board member, Ted Nugent
May 03, 2013 | VoteVets.org
Over 12,000 Americans, including thousands of veterans and military family members have signed a petition asking one simple thing of the NRA – do they or do they not agree with their Board Member, Ted Nugent’s comments that “more and more warrior heroes of the military are killing themselves because they are in absolute frustration and heartbreak that their boss, their commander in chief, violates the Constitution that he has made an oath to.”
Vets Applaud Drone Medal Cancellation by Hagel
April 16, 2013 | Press Release
Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org said, "Today’s announcement is a perfect example of why veterans fought so hard to see Chuck Hagel confirmed as Secretary of Defense.
RELEASE: Survey Shows Strong Veteran Support for Proposed Gun Law Changes
April 11, 2013 | Press Release
“On the issue of gun violence, there is no daylight between what veterans believe and what the American public believes—specifically, that this is a crisis, and something needs to be done,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War veteran and chairman of VoteVets.org.
VoteVets.org Releases Powerful New Ad Calling for Background Checks for Gun Purchases
March 26, 2013 | Press Release
The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org, with over 220,000 supporters is launching a powerful new ad today, calling for Senator Jeff Flake to support universal background checks for gun sales. The ad features Iraq War Veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Glenn Kunkel, who fires an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle at a mannequin, displaying the power of the weapon. The initial run of the ad will be on social media, targeting those most interested in the issue of guns, specifically those in Arizona. VoteVets.org said the ad could be expanded to focus on other Senators, as well.
VoteVets.org Cheers Hagel Decision to Review Drone Medal
March 12, 2013 | Press Release
"Having a former grunt who served in war at the top in the Pentagon means a deeper understanding of those who are serving our nation, right now. The decision he’s made on this medal just demonstrates the closeness he feels to those who served and sacrificed for America."
VoteVets Cheers Key Points in the State of the Union - Express Concern Over Republican Obstructionism
February 12, 2013 | Press Release
For veterans, there was a lot to like about what President Obama laid out tonight. But, as evidenced by today's party-line vote in the Senate Armed Services Committee on Chuck Hagel's nomination, Republicans will largely decide whether to stymie the will of the American people, or come to the table to move this country forward.
Obama: 'Chuck Hagel is the leader that our troops deserve'
January 07, 2013 | Omaha World Herald
The group's chairman, Jon Soltz, issued a statement praising Hagel's selection, touting Hagel's willingness to eliminate wasteful defense spending. "Chuck Hagel is a vociferous advocate for cutting Pentagon waste - from outdated weapons to our over-bloated nuclear arsenal, both of which eat up billions and billions of dollars," Soltz said.
VoteVets.org Cheers Hagel Pick
January 07, 2013 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org, today cheered the pick of Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense. The group previously launched a petition in support of Hagel, which gained over 13,000 sigatures, including over 8000 Veterans and Military Families.
Over 12,000, Including More Than 8,000 Veterans and Military Families Stand Up for Chuck Hagel
December 26, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - In a petition led by the largest progressive group of Veterans in America, VoteVets.org, over 8000 Veterans and Military Families are standing up for former Senator Chuck Hagel, and urging President Obama to stand up to right-wing swiftboating of him, as he considers his nomination for the next Secretary of Defense. The group launched the petition on Friday of last week, and quickly gained the signatures. Over 12,000 people signed, overall.
VoteVets.org Cheers Pick of John Kerry to be Secretary of State, Calls for Consideration of Hagel at Defense
December 21, 2012 | Press Release
The largest progressive group of Veterans in America, VoteVets.org, today is cheering President Obama's choice of John Kerry to be the next Secretary of State.
A Million to Close - VoteVets Action Fund Goes Up with $1.25 Million in Nebraska, Ohio and Virginia Ads
November 01, 2012 | Press Release
Veterans run ad comparing Bob Kerrey’s Service with Deb Fischer’s land grab attempt; Goes up in Ohio with new ad touting Senator Sherrod Brown’s fight for Veterans; Extends buy of ad exposing George Allen’s anti-Veteran record
VoteVets.org Launches $200,00 In Television Advertising Against George Allen
October 26, 2012 | Press Release
Iraq and Afghanistan veteran from the Commonwealth tells voters that "maybe voting for George Allen is the real waste" in ad that exposes Allen's anti-veteran record and view that all government spending is a ‘waste'
VoteVets.org October Surprise
October 26, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - The national Veterans group, VoteVets Action Fund, is today launching new advertising in Virginia, exposing the anti-veteran record of Senator George Allen, extending existing ad buys in Montana and Indiana, and launching a new website that exposes the record of Tea Party Senate Candidate in Indiana, Richard Mourdock. The group also announced a new ad will begin airing in Ohio, next week. The total spending for these efforts is $1 million, bringing total spending from VoteVets Action Fund in 2012 to over $5 million.
VoteVets.org Action Fund and UFCW Extend Television Ad Taking Richard Mourdock to Task on Jobs
October 25, 2012 | Press Release
With Mourdock on the Ropes, VoteVets.org Action Fund and UFCW Extened Television Ad Taking Extreme Senate Candidate to Task for Saying He Didn't Pledge to Support Every Job in Indiana, When Indiana Veterans Needed Jobs
VoteVets Action Fund Drops over $200,000 in Iowa, North Dakota and Illinois
October 18, 2012 | Press Release
VoteVets Action Fund is launching a radio ad in Iowa, and sending direct mail in North Dakota and Illinois, educating voters about where candidates stand on issues of importance to veterans. The total cost of the activities is over $200,000. This brings VoteVets Action Fund's spending in 2012 to a total of $4 million.
VoteVets.org Cheers Supreme Court Decision to Reject Ohio Early Voting Appeal
October 16, 2012 | Press Release
Group had filed an amicus brief in 6th Circuit in favor of weekend early voting; gained 25,000 petition signatures in support
VoteVets.org And NEA Extend Arizona Television Ad, Exposing Jeff Flake's Extreme Anti-Veteran Record
October 15, 2012 | Press Release
VoteVets.org Action Fund, and the National Education Association are teaming up on a major television ad buy in Arizona, that exposes Senate Candidate, Rep. Jeff Flake's extreme positions on veterans' issues
VoteVets.org Asks: Which Romney Shows UP For His Foreign Policy Speech Today?
October 08, 2012 | Press Release
Will Romney toss aside past positions and statements like he did at the first debate? Will anyone call him out on it?
In First-of-Its-Kind Montana Program, Veteran and Military Families Fo Door-to-Door in Support of Tester
October 05, 2012 | Press Release
VoteVets.org Action Fund will knock on 44,000 doors, in all-veteran and military family effort
VoteVets.org Pours $550,000 Into Indiana, Montana
October 05, 2012 | Press Release
In Indiana, new television ad takes Mourdock to task for saying he didn't pledge to support every job in Indiana; In Montana, group starts up first ever veteran and military canvas of the state in support of Tester
VoteVets.org and Majority PAC Launch Arizona Television Ad, Exposing Jeff Flake's Extreme Anti-Veteran Record
September 27, 2012 | Press Release
PHOENIX, Ariz. - The largest progressive group of veterans of America, VoteVets.org Action Fund, and Majority PAC are teaming up on a major television ad buy in Arizona, that exposes Senate Candidate, Rep. Jeff Flake's extreme positions on veterans' issues.
VoteVets.org Files Brief to Ohio Appeals Court Urging Weekend Early Voting Rights for All - Including Over 900,000 Veterans - Be Upheld
September 19, 2012 | Press Release
Today, in the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, VoteVets.org is the first veterans organization to file an amicus brief opposing an end to early voting the weekend before election day, in Ohio.
VoteVets.org Condems Romney Advisor's "Low" Remarks on Attacks At Diplomatics Posts
September 14, 2012 | Press Release
VoteVets.org criticizes Romney campaign advisor, former George W. Bush official Richard Williamson for his outrageous contention that attacks on US diplomatic posts in Libya and Egypt would not have happened if Mitt Romney was President.
VoteVets.org Condemns Romney Response to Embassy Violence As Amateurish Political Attack
September 12, 2012 | Press Release
Governor Romney chose the moment to falsely attack President Obama, instead of seizing the moment to show he was ready to stand on the world stage.
Vets Cheer Ruling By U.S. District Court To Restore Early Voting in Ohio
August 31, 2012 | Press Release
COLUMBUS, OH - VoteVets.org, the largest progressive veterans organization, with over 220,000 supporters, is cheering the ruling of U.S. District Court Judge Peter Economus to restore full early voting rights to all Ohio voters, including over 900,000 Ohio veterans. Early voting for the three days before election day was due to end, under a Republican-passed state law.
Veterans, National Security Experts Take Romney to Task For American Legion Speech And Choice of Neocon Bush Advisors to Speak and Appear at Convention Today
August 29, 2012 | Press Release
Today, VoteVets.org and the National Security Network (NSN) responded to the heavy political rhetoric imbued in Governor Romney's speech at the American Legion convention this afternoon, and the invasion of neocon Bush Administration foreign policy speakers at the convention, like former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Ambassador John Bolton.
VoteVets.org Goes Back On The Air In Missouri and Montana with $200,000
August 29, 2012 | Press Release
Reinforces ad with Facebook buy; brings total spending in those states to $500,000
VoteVets.org Objects to Congressman Gerlach's Racial Politics, Says Voters Have a Chance to Elect An American Patriot in Trivedi
August 23, 2012 | Press Release
BIRDSBORO, PA – The largest group of progressive veterans in America, with 220,000 members, is taking issue with Congressman Jim Gerlach’s contention that Iraq War Veteran and child of immigrants, Manan Trivedi, is “foreign” to the 6th Congressional District. Trivedi is challenging Gerlach for Congress this year.
As Case Is Heard in Court, VoteVets.org Releases Over 22,000 Petition Signatures Opposing Restriction of Early Voting in Ohio
August 15, 2012 | Press Release
COLUMBUS, OH - The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org, is releasing over 22,000 petition signatures from veterans, military families, and civilian supporters, calling on Mitt Romney to end support for a law that restricts early voting for all voters, including the state's over 900,000 veterans.
VoteVets.org Congratulates Tulsi Gabbard On Her Historic Victory
August 11, 2012 | Press Release
Honolulu, HI - Once a long-shot, trailing by 45 points, Iraq Veteran Gabbard won her party's nomination for Congress tonight. Should she win in November, along with Tammy Duckworth in Illinois, Gabbard would be the first female combat veteran ever elected to Congress.
VoteVets.org Repudiates Anti-Veteran Comments from Rob Schilling; Calls on Rep. Hurt to do the Same
August 10, 2012 | Press Release
Charlottesville, VA - The largest group of progressive veterans in America, with over 220,000 supporters - VoteVets.org - is repudiating an anti-servicemember, anti-veteran rant from conservative radio host Rob Schilling. On a recent broadcast, Schilling smeared the service of Congressional candidate John Douglass, a retired Air Force Brigadier General, calling him an "empty uniform" and "chickenhawk."
VoteVets.org PAC Congratulates Peters on Victory - Vows Strong Support Through November
August 08, 2012 | Press Release
DETROIT, MICH. - The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org PAC, with over 220,000 supporters, has congratulated Rep. Gary Peters on his primary election victory. The group also vowed to strongly support him in the general election. VoteVets.org PAC has endorsed Peters, since his initial run for Congress.
VoteVets.org Tells State Rep Candidate to Back Off Criticism of Military Service
August 01, 2012 | Press Release
PHOENIX, ARIZ. – The national veterans group, VoteVets.org, representing over 220,000, is today telling Arizona House of Representatives candidate Mike Snitz to immediately stop insulting those who have chosen to serve America in the military, as he has with his opponent, Jonathan Larkin, who served in Iraq.
VoteVets Says Romney's Record Doesn't Meet His Rhetoric, As Presidential Candidate Prepares to Address VFW
July 23, 2012 | Press Release
RENO, NV - As Mitt Romney prepares to address the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Tuesday, the largest progressive group of veterans in America, with over 220,000 supporters, VoteVets.org is saying Romney's record doesn't meet his rhetoric.
VoteVets.org PAC Endorses Enyart for Congress
July 17, 2012 | Press Release
Belleville, IL - VoteVets.org Political Action Committee, the largest group of progressive veterans in America, representing over 220,000 supporters, is endorsing Bill Enyart's campaign for the House of Representatives from Illinois 12th Congressional District, today.
VoteVets Action Fund Runs $200,000 in Montana and Hawaii Ads
June 26, 2012 | Press Release
Nearly $100,000 buy from VoteVets Action Fund over a week in Missoula, Billings, Butte and Great Falls on Rehberg; $100,000 for new round of ads touting Tulsi Gabbard, over two weeks
TULSI TAKES THE LEAD! Since VoteVets Action Fund Ad, Poll Shows 45% Swing in Tulsi’s Favor
June 18, 2012 | Press Release
Honolulu, HI – A new Merriman River Group poll released today shows Iraq War Veteran Tulsi Gabbard has taken between a 1-to-4 point lead in her primary race for Congress from Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District.
CREDO Action and VoteVets.org Urge Republicans to Stop Putting Big Oil Before American Troops
June 14, 2012 | Press Release
Washington, DC -As Congress works to finalize the Defense Budget, Republicans are trying to block the military from producing biofuels and other renewables that will save lives, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. CREDO Action and VoteVets.org are delivering a petition to Congress today with nearly 120,000 signatures, calling on Senate Republicans to "Stop forcing the military to use dirty energy."
VoteVets.org Extends Ad Touting Tulsi Gabbard's Amazing Bio
May 31, 2012 | Press Release
HONOLULU, HI - VoteVets.org Action Fund, the largest progressive group of veterans in America, representing over 105,000 members, is extending a television ad buy in Hawaii, touting the unique biography of Tulsi Gabbard, who is running for Congress, and asking Hawaiians to take a look at her amazing story.
VoteVets.org PAC Endorses Trivedi for Congress
May 08, 2012 | Press Release
BIRDSBORO, Penn. - VoteVets.org PAC, a national organization of veterans, representing over 105,000 members is endorsing Manan Trivedi, in his campaign for Congress, today.
Veterans Cheer Joe Donnelly's Work As South Bend VA Center Gets Expansion
April 30, 2012 | Press Release
SOUTH BEND, IND. – As Congressman Joe Donnelly takes part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for construction of an expanded Veterans Affairs (VA) center in South Bend, today, a national veterans organization representing over 105,000 members is cheering Donnelly’s hard work to make it a reality.
Vets Call on Walsh To Apologize to Duckworth For Political Stunt While She Was on Duty
April 16, 2012 | Press Release
VoteVets.org is demanding Congressman Joe Walsh apologize to Tammy Duckworth, for challenging her to appear with him yesterday, while she was on Army duty, and legally unable to participate.
Veterans Speak Out Against Schoeller's Anti-Military Voting Bill
April 12, 2012 | Press Release
Columbia, MO - A national veterans group representing over 105,000 members, VoteVets.org, is writing to State Rep. Shane Schoeller, regarding his legislation that would restrict the right to vote for every Missouri resident in the military who is deployed, stationed overseas or even at a domestic base outside of Missouri. In the 2008 presidential election, over 11,000 members of the military voted by absentee ballot in Misssouri.
New Low: Deadbeat Congressman Joe Walsh Insults Veterans' Sacrifice
March 29, 2012 | Press Release
Chicago, IL - In an appalling new low, Congressman Joe Walsh today slammed his opponent Tammy Duckworth's military service. Walsh told Politico, "What else has she done? Female, wounded veteran ... ehhh." Duckworth served as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot in Iraq in 2004, and lost her legs and part of the use of her right arm. She was awarded the Purple Heart for her combat injuries and is still active as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois National Guard.
VoteVets.org Launches Television Ad Buy Praising McCaskill's Dedication to Veterans
March 29, 2012 | Press Release
St. Louis, MO - The national veterans' group, VoteVets.org, representing over 100,000 veterans, military families, and civilian supporters is today launching a powerful two-week ad buy in Missouri, praising the work of Senator Claire McCaskill on veterans' issues. The ad features two Iraq War veterans from the state, who have directly benefitted from Senator McCaskill's work. This is the first ad of the cycle for VoteVets.org, which spent over $15 million last cycle.
Veterans Endorse Fellow Vet Carmona for Arizona's Senate Seat
March 28, 2012 | Press Release
Phoenix, AZ - The largest group of progressive veterans in America, VoteVets.org PAC, is today endorsing Dr. Richard Carmona, a Vietnam Veteran, for Arizona's open Senate Seat. "Rich Carmona has an absolutely incredible story - one of the most American stories I've seen in politics," said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org PAC. "He literally pulled himself up by his bootstraps, gave his all in service to this country in war, and came home to continue to serve the people. He's a fighter, and exactly the kind of person we need more of in Washington. He will do Arizona proud."
Gilibrand Joined By Vets Call for Agressive Drawdown of Combat Troops From Afghanistan - Armed Services Committee Member Says Change of Policy Needed to Address Today's National Security Threats
March 25, 2012 | Press Release
New York, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was joined by veterans today as she renewed her call for an aggressive and rapid drawdown of combat troops to end the war in Afghanistan.
GOP Budget Doesn't Even Say the Word "Veteran"
March 22, 2012 | Huffington Post
Looking at the recently released GOP budget, written by Rep. Paul Ryan, it's hard to see how they do. In fact, looking at the nearly 100 page document, the word "veteran" doesn't appear once. Not once.
Vets Cheer Duckworth Victory
March 21, 2012 | Press Release
Chicago, IL - VoteVets.org PAC, the largest progressive group of veterans in America, today is cheering the primary victory of Tammy Duckworth in her race for Congress. VoteVets.org PAC endorsed Duckworth, and raised thousands of dollars for her through the internet.
Female Veterans Call for American Forces Network to Drop Rush Limbaugh
March 05, 2012 | Press Release
Washington, DC - The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org, is today releasing a statement from three female Iraq war veterans calling on Rush Limbaugh's show to stop being broadcast by the American Forces Network (AFN). The veterans pointed to recent controversial statements made by Limbaugh about Sandra Fluke, and women who use birth control, calling them "sluts" and "prostitutes." AFN is owned and operated by the Department of Defense, funded with taxpayer dollars, and accessible to troops serving overseas.
Veterans Group Excited by Kerrey Decision
February 29, 2012 | Press Release
Washington, DC - VoteVets.org PAC, a national veterans organization, today is cheering the decision of former Senator Bob Kerrey's decision to run again for Senate in Nebraska. Kerrey had been on the Board of Advisors for the group.
Vets Endorse Goetten In Congressional Bid
February 29, 2012 | Press Release
Springfield, Ill. - VoteVets.org PAC, the largest progressive group of veterans in America, is today endorsing Matt Goetten in his run for Congress from Illinois. "Matt is just the kind of person we need in Washington. He served, and he knows veterans issues well. He also has the experience needed to make a real difference. He's a true public servant, and will absolutely serve the people of his district well," said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran, and Chairman of VoteVets.org PAC.
Veterans Endorse Fellow Vet Steve Hobbs For Congress
February 01, 2012 | Press Release
Lake Stevens, Wash. - VoteVets.org PAC is announcing its endorsement of Steve Hobbs for Washington State's 1st Congressional District today, and is emailing its over 100,000 supporters to donate to Hobbs' campaign.
Veterans Call on Odierno to Cancel West Point Speech By Boykin Over Anti-Muslim Statements
January 30, 2012 |
West Point, NY - Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan of VoteVets.org are today writing to Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, and moving the group's 100,000 supporters to do the same, to urge him to cancel a planned speech by retired Lt. Gen. William Boykin at a prayer breakfast at the Military Academy at West Point, on Feb. 8. Last week, the veterans wrote to the Superintendent of the Academy urging the same thing, but the school indicated that the speech would go on as planned.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Call on West Point to Retract Invite to Vocal Anti-Muslim Boykin
January 26, 2012 | Press Release
WEST POINT, NY - Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are writing to the Superintendent of the Military Academy at West Point today, to request that he retract an invite to Lt. Gen. William Boykin (Ret.) to speak at a prayer breakfast at the academy on Feb 8.
Veterans Reiterate Call for Romney to Release Full Taxes
January 25, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Not satisfied with Mitt Romney's lack of complete disclosure on his taxes, the veterans of VoteVets.org, the largest progressive veterans organization in America, are reiterating their call for him to release his full tax records. This week, 7000 Americans, including thousands of veterans and military families, signed a petition to Romney, calling on him to do just that.
VoteVets.org PAC Endorses Tulsi Gabbard for Congress
January 23, 2012 | Press Release
Honolulu, HI - The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org PAC, is announcing its endorsement of Tulsi Gabbard, an Iraq War Veteran, running for Congress from Hawaii.
Upon Release of New Poll, Veterans Call on Romney to Release Taxes
January 18, 2012 | Press Release
Washington, DC – A new poll being released today shows, among other things, that voters in key battleground states care more about raising taxes on the rich to avoid gaps in funding for troops, than they do as a simple matter of fairness. VoteVets.org, which commissioned the poll, is calling on Mitt Romney to release his taxes to satisfy the military, veterans, and those voters, that he is paying his fair share.
New Hampshire Iraq Veteran Warns Romney Would Be Disaster for Military, Security, Veterans
January 10, 2012 | Press Release
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.
New Hampshire Iraq Veteran Warns Top GOP Candidates Would Be Disaster for Military, Security, Veterans
January 06, 2012 | Press Release
Hanover, NH - An Iraq War veteran is speaking out today, warning Granite State Republicans are about to vote to nominate a candidate who would set the military, security, and veterans community back.
Veterans Praise Appointment of Cordray to Head Consumer Protection Agency
January 05, 2012 | Press Release
Vets look forward to meeting new head of Consumer Protection Financial Bureau, and with Holly Petreaus, Head of Office of Servicemembers Affairs in New Agency
Iowa Veteran Expresses Dismay Over Iowa Republican Caucus Results
January 03, 2012 | Press Release
Des Moines, IA – A US Army veteran expressed dismay at the results of tonight’s GOP Caucus in Iowa, warning that either of the top two candidates would set the military, US Security, and Veterans far back, should they win the nomination and become President.
Jon Soltz Returns From Iraq; Reassumes Role as VoteVets.org Chair Soltz, among the last troops out of Iraq, available for interviews on VoteVets in 2012, his transition home, what removal of troops means for US
December 12, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Jon Soltz, who deployed in early 2011 to Iraq as a Major in the US Army, has returned to the United States and is reassuming his previously held role of VoteVets.org Chairman. In Iraq, Soltz served as an advisor to the Iraqi Army – preparing them for the removal of US troops.
Statement on the VOW to Hire Heroes Act
November 21, 2011 | Press Release
"Enactment of the VOW Act in the Senate is a very encouraging sign for veterans who are struggling in this economy. Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, in particular, face a 12 percent unemployment rate - 3 points higher than the general public. We're pleased that the President has signed this bill, which he proposed long-ago, and we're taking steps to put veterans back to work."
NV, FL and IA Veterans Express Dismay on Romney Veterans Plan
November 15, 2011 | Press Release
Veterans from Iowa, Nevada, and Florida are expressing dismay at Mitt Romney's suggestion that he would be interested in voucher-izing the veterans care system in America. On Veterans Day, in South Carolina, Romney said, "Sometimes you wonder, would there be some way to introduce some private sector competition, somebody else that could come in and say, you know, each soldier gets X thousand dollars attributed to them and then they can choose whether they want to go on the government system or the private system and then it follows them."
Veterans Cheer Senate Passage of The Vow Act
November 10, 2011 | Press Release
Washington, DC - In an overwhelming vote today, the United States Senate passed the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, which among other things, provides a tax credit to employers who hire veterans. Richard Allen Smith, Afghanistan Veteran and Vice Chairman of VoteVets.org, said in a statement:
Veterans Warn Congressional Supercommittee Not To Cut Veterans' Programs For Debt Reduction
November 03, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON DC - Two national veterans' organizations are warning the Congressional Debt Supercommittee to leave veterans' programs alone, in light of a letter to the committee from the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Committees in the House and Senate which details past proposed cuts to veterans, and how much they would save the government.
VOTEVETS ENDORSES FELLOW VETERAN BRENDAN MULLEN FOR CONGRESS
October 25, 2011 | Press Release
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A national veterans organization, VoteVets.org PAC, is endorsing fellow Iraq War Veteran Brendan Mullen for Congress, today. The group sent an email out to its over 100,000 members, asking them to donate to Mullen’s campaign.
STATEMENT OF VETERANS ON WITHDRAWAL OF TROOPS FROM IRAQ
October 21, 2011 | Press Release
“A complete drawdown from Iraq was the only move the President could make, given the Status of Forces Agreement negotiated by President Bush, and the fact that insurgents promised increased attacks on Americans if we had stayed. We’re extremely pleased that the President will honor that agreement, and finally bring the war in Iraq to a close..."
Statement of Veterans Group on District Court Decision Regarding Ballots
October 08, 2011 | Press Release
Today, a District Court in Colorado ruled that there will be no injunction against any County Clerks' decision to send ballots for the upcoming election to all registered voters. The ruling allows Clerks to continue to send ballots out, as Secretary of State Gessler's order to send ballots to only some select voters is heard in a lawsuit.
Vets Protest El Paso Cty Clerk for Ballot Decision
October 07, 2011 | Press Release
Colorado Springs, CO - A veterans group is today strongly condemning El Paso County Clerk Wayne Williams' decision to not send nearly 1000 election ballots to military members, despite the fact that his county has one of the highest military populations in the country.
Veterans Call on Al Baldasaro to Resign in Wake of Slurs Against US Service Members
October 06, 2011 | Press Release
VoteVets.org, is calling on Al Baldasaro to resign his seat in the New Hampshire legislature today, after comments he made regarding a gay service member.
Veterans Cheer Vote to Send Nomination of Cordray to Senate Floor
October 06, 2011 | Press Release
Washington, DC - The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org, released the following statement following the 12-10 committee vote to send to the Senate floor the nomination of Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Veterans Slam Ann Coulter's (Usual) Ignorance on Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal
September 29, 2011 | Press Release
Washington, DC – The largest progressive veterans group in America, VoteVets.org, responded to a hateful and ignorant blog post from conservative commentator Ann Coulter, regarding the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Statement of Iraq Veteran, Interim Chair of VoteVets.org on Final Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal
September 20, 2011 | Press Release
Washington, DC - At the stroke of midnight, the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy was officially off the books. Ashwin Madia, Iraq War Veteran and Interim Chairman of VoteVets.org, released the following statement on the occassion...
Vets Praise Obama Commitment to Spare Vets from Cuts, As War Spending Commision Identifies Possible Savings From Cutting Waste, Fraud and Abuse
August 31, 2011 | Press Release
Washington, DC – The largest group of progressive veterans in America today praised President Obama for pledging to protect veterans spending from any cuts, as Congress begins work to cut the debt, and noted that true savings can be found in the report just released today by the Commission on Wartime Spending, which identified billions in waste, fraud and abuse.
PRESS RELEASE - Veterans Call on Congress to Investigate Troop Mortgages in Light of Over-Charges By JP Morgan Chase
August 25, 2011 | Press Release
Washington, DC - The largest progressive veterans organization in America, VoteVets.org, today called on the House Committee on Financial Services and Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Development to investigate how J.P. Morgan Chase was allowed to overcharge troops for their home mortgages, foreclose on some troops, and whether the problem exists with other banks. The full text of the group's letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Committees is below.
PRESS RELEASE: Over 3100 Veterans Sign Petition Calling on Pentagon to Halt Plans To Ends Pension Program
August 22, 2011 | Press Release
Washington, DC - The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org, quickly collected over 3100 petition signatures from veterans, urging Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to drop plans to end a guaranteed pension for military members who serve over 20 years.
PRESS RELEASE: Governor Perry Backed and Signed Law that Bars Veterans from Using Their Vets ID to Vote Under New Law
August 16, 2011 | Press Release
EAST DALLAS, Texas - As Governor Rick Perry tours Iowa, talking a lot about his own military history, a veteran in Texas wants people to know that Perry's rhetoric doesn't meet his record. Specifically, Perry backed and signed a new voter ID law in the state that would prohibit veterans from using their ID card from the Department of Veterans Affairs to vote, even though it is a government-issued photo ID.
Veterans Call on Congress to Raise Debt Ceiling Immediately, Not Cut Funds for Veterans and Troops
July 28, 2011 | Press Release
Washington, DC - As Congress still fails to pass a raise in the debt ceiling, a group of veterans is today speaking out, calling on the House GOP Caucus to pass legislation to raise the debt ceiling that can pass the United States Senate and go to the President.
Veterans React to Certification By Pentagon That Military is Ready to Repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell
July 22, 2011 | Press Release
Washington, DC - VoteVets.org, the largest progressive group of veterans in America, today reacted to news that Secretary of Defense Panetta has certified that the military is ready to repeal the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, meaning the policy will now be officially repealed in 60 days.
PRESS RELEASE: VoteVets.org Endorses Tammy Duckworth for Congress
July 07, 2011 | Press Release
Washington, DC - The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org PAC, today endorsed Tammy Duckworth in her just-announced race for Congress in Illinois' 8th Congressional District. The group endorsed her previous run in 2008.
Reid Changes the Game on Iraq
July 07, 2011 | Huffington Post
For years, many lamented that the U.S. decision to invade Iraq detracted from our focus on Afghanistan and made Operation Enduring Freedom America's forgotten war. Now, with a false declaration that combat operations are over in Iraq, what is now Operation New Dawn has ironically become a forgotten war.
PRESS RELEASE - Vets Group Endorses General Ricardo Sanchez for Senate
June 28, 2011 | Press Release
Washington, DC - The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org PAC, today endorsed Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez (USA, Ret.) for the US Senate Seat in Texas. The group will immediately be emailing it's 100,000+ members, urging them to make a donation to Sanchez's campaign.
PRESS RELEASE: 4700 Americans, Including 1700 Veterans Call on Obama to Bring Troops Home From Iraq
June 22, 2011 | Press Release
Iraq War Veteran and Interim Chairman of the largest progressive group of veterans, VoteVets.org, Ashwin Madia was joined by 4700 Americans, including 1700 veterans, in calling on President Obama to abide by the Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq, and remove troops from the country by year's end. With that deadline quickly approaching, many observers expect Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to ask US Forces to remain in Iraq. Madia and those who co-signed his letter made clear that is not an option.
PRESS RELEASE: Vets Call on New Hampshire Republican Chair to Apologize to Troops and Families For Saying Obama Election Will Mean They Died in Vain
June 21, 2011 | Press Release
The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org, today called on the Chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party to apologize to troops and military families for saying re-electing President Obama will mean those who died in war will have died "completely in vain."
PRESS RELEASE: Statement on This Morning's Attacks In Iraq
June 06, 2011 | Press Release
Washington, DC - The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org, today released the following statement on this morning's attacks in Iraq, which killed five American service members.
PRESS RELEASE: Upon Release of Major Report on Social Security and Veterans, Social Security Must Not Be Cut
May 26, 2011 | Press Release
Washington, DC – A coalition of veterans organizations, including VoteVets.org, and Social Security groups today released a major new report on Social Security and veterans. The report showed that veterans and their families depend on Social Security not just for retirement, but also for disability benefits and death benefits. These findings show that any cutbacks to Social Security will severely impact veterans and their families in need.
PRESS RELEASE: Veterans Oppose GOP Efforts to End Unemployment Insurance
May 11, 2011 | Press Release
Washington - Veterans are speaking out against a Republican bill being marked-up in the Ways and Means Committee today that would end guaranteed unemployment insurance. HR 1745, the so-called JOBS Act, would end guaranteed unemployment insurance and cuts extended benefits for 4 million Americans. Among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, according to the latest job numbers, the unemployment rate is 10.9 percent compared to a national rate of 9 percent.
Veterans Applaud Obama Decision on Photo of Osama Bin Laden
May 04, 2011 | Press Release
Washington, DC - The head of the largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org, released the following statement on the President's decision to not release a photo of Osama bin Laden, following his killing.
Veterans Support Panetta for DOD, Petraeus for CIA, Crocker for Ambassador to Afghanistan
April 28, 2011 | Press Release
VoteVets.org, is voicing support for President Obama's selections to fill jobs as heads of the Department of Defense and CIA, as well as his pick to be the new Ambassador to Afghanistan.
Veterans Endorse Iraq Veteran Patrick Murphy for PA Attorney General
April 21, 2011 | Press Release
VoteVets.org PAC, today is lending its support to former Rep. Patrick Murphy, as he enters the race for Attorney General in Pennsylvania. The group had endorsed Murphy in both his campaigns for Congress.
Hundreds of Veterans and Family Members Place Calls in Opposition to HB 474, Right to Work for Less
April 19, 2011 | Press Release
New Hampshire - VoteVets Action Fund placed 20,000 phone calls primarily to the homes of active and veteran military families in New Hampshire over the weekend, urging them to contact their elected officials in opposition to HB 474, the Right to Work for Less bill.
PRESS RELEASE: Veterans Excited By Prospect Of Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez (USA, Ret.) Entering Senate Race
April 18, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - The largest progressive veterans group in America, VoteVets.org, today expressed interest in a potential Senate run in Texas by retired Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez, who is formerly the commander of American forces in Iraq.
PRESS RELEASE - Veterans Place Blame at Feet of House Republicans if Troops Don't Get Paid During Government Shutdown
April 07, 2011 | Press Release
VoteVets.org, is calling out House Republicans for playing political games with the Federal budget, as the government heads towards a shutdown, which would mean troops would not get their paychecks. Though troops will receive full back-pay when a budget is passed, troops will not receive any pay for work done after April 8.
PRESS RELEASE - Veterans Respond to President Obama's Speech On Libya
March 29, 2011 | Press Release
VoteVets.org, is responding to the President's speech on military operations in Libya last evening. The group says too many question still remain unanswered.
PRESS RELEASE - Veterans Correct Huckabee Gaffe on "Don't Ask Don't Tell"
March 24, 2011 | Press Release
The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org, is correcting Governor Mike Huckabee’s recent comments on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, which the possible Presidential candidate said he would keep in place, as President. In an interview, Huckabee said, “There's been some talk that the military is fine with having same-sex orientation people. But if you really surveyed the combat troops, that is not at all the case."
PRESS RELEASE - VoteVets.org Praises Department of Veterans' Affairs New Media Efforts
March 22, 2011 | Press Release
“As a new media professional, I deal on a daily basis with the online outreach efforts of a ridiculous number of organizations, government and otherwise. Without hyperbole, I can't really say that anyone is doing it better than VA,” said Richard Smith, a VoteVets.org advisor, and editor of its blog, VetVoice.com. “And I've personally seen the results. It was a telephone roundtable with new and social media professionals that led to Vets getting emergency checks to cover the short-comings of the original implementation of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Yes, because of VA's social media outreach, Vets who were not going to be able to pay rent or buy groceries (which was my situation) got taken care of.”
Veterans Withhold Support of Military Operations in Libya
March 21, 2011 | Press Release
VoteVets.org, the largest progressive veterans group in America, is releasing a statement that lays out why the group cannot support military operations in Libya launched by the Obama administration over the weekend. The group's chair said that there were far too many unanswered questions, and raised concern that operations took place without Congressional approval.
PRESS RELEASE - Veterans Write House Committee on Energy and Commerce Opposing Bill That Would Gut E.P.A. Authority
March 15, 2011 | Press Release
Citing security concerns, the largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org, wrote the leadership of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce today, opposing H.R. 910, the "Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011." The legislation, which received hearings in the Committee this week, would end EPA's authority to regulate Greenhouse gasses.
PRESS RELEASE Veterans Say Republican End-Around On Union Bustin Is Grounds for Recall
March 10, 2011 | Press Release
Madison, WI – The national veterans group, VoteVets.org, says that passage of the union-busting bill just passed by the Senate is grounds for a voter recall of those in the body who supported the bill. The group has made the point that the legislation hurts veterans in Wisconsin, many of whom are affected union members, and many more who rely on the state employees who work in veterans’ services.
Veterans Speak Out, Opposing House Hearings on Islam
March 10, 2011 | Press Release
VoteVets.org, is speaking out in opposition to House Homeland Security Committee hearings on Islam and terrorism, called by the committee's Chairman, Rep. Peter King.
Photos from Rally in Columbus, Ohio
March 02, 2011 |
Terry Grant, a Vietnam-era veteran and VoteVets.org member from Ohio, speaks to a rally opposing so-called “Right to Work” laws in Ohio, which would eliminate public employees’ right to collectively bargain. Grant is a member of the Postal Workers Union. Nationally, over 2 million veterans are union members, and in Ohio, public employees provide a number of services for veterans, often under tough circumstances. VoteVets.org stands with these union members and their right to fair pay for fair work.
PRESS RELEASE: Over 200 Veterans, 500 of Them Union Members, Stand With Wisconsin Public Workers, Against Governors Attempting to Take Away Labor Rights
February 25, 2011 | Press Release
The signees make two key points as to why this is a veterans' issue. First and foremost, they note that there are over 2 million veterans who are union members, many of them in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, and other states considering so-called "Right to Work" laws that eliminate collective bargaining rights. Secondly, they point out that many public workers being targeted have, for years, provided veterans' services - running veterans' homes, providing transportation to disabled veterans, and operating transitional housing for homeless veterans.
PRESS RELEASE - Veterans Object to Governor's Threatened Use of National Guard in Union Dispute
February 14, 2011 | Press Release
Veterans are strongly objecting to Governor Scott Walker’s inappropriate threat to activate the National Guard to intimidate state workers, as his administration moves forward with plans to break up workers’ unions.
VoteVets.org Statement on Retirement of Senator Jim Webb
February 09, 2011 | Press Release
"Senator Webb has been a real friend of veterans and troops, and we're all better off because of his efforts. From the 21st Century GI Bill, to his efforts to increase Dwell Time for troops, those who served America in uniform have always been his top priority. His leadership will be missed. We wish him the best in whatever it is he chooses to do in the next phase of his life."
PRESS RELEASE - Veterans Cheer President's Commitment to Care for Returning Troops, But Want to Hear Plan to End Operations in Afghanistan
January 25, 2011 | Press Release
Washington, DC - Responding to the President's State of the Union Address, the largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org, said they were pleased to hear the President re-affirm his commitment to veterans care, but not satisfied with the President's approach to counter-insurgency operations in Afghanistan, and want to hear more.
Veterans Call for Defeat of Health Care Repeal
January 19, 2011 | Press Release
WASHINGTON DC - The largest progressive group of Veterans in America, VoteVets.org, is strongly objecting to the vote to repeal health insurance reform today in the House of Representatives, noting that a repeal would severely hurt a large number of veterans. Some examples of veterans it would hurt are below. VoteVets.org launched a petition on Monday, opposing a repeal of the law. As of this morning, that petition has over 9600 signatures - over 5600 of them from veterans and military family members.
Veterans Furious with Senate Minority for Their Betrayal of Troops on Defense Spending Bill
December 09, 2010 | Press Release
Washington, DC - Today, the minority in the Senate voted to filibuster the National Defense Authorization Act - the major funding bill for our troops, which also included a repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Veterans Say Time is Now to Repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell" In Wake of Pentagon Report
November 30, 2010 | Press Release
Washington - The largest progressive group of veterans, VoteVets.org, is calling on the Senate to immediately pass a repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, given the findings of a new Pentagon study, that shows troops have no issue serving with openly gay or lesbian troops. VoteVets.org previously collected tens of thousands of petition signatures to Congress, calling for a repeal.
VoteVets.org Chairman to Take Leave of Absence to Deploy to Iraq as Part of 'Operation New Dawn'
November 11, 2010 | Press Release
Vets group well positioned to carry on strong work in 2011 with interim Chairman
PRESS RELEASE - VoteVets.org Dramatically Expands Pennsylvania and Nevada Senate Ad Buys, Bringing Total National Spending in 2010 to $4 Million
October 25, 2010 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - The national veterans organization, VoteVets Action Fund, is announcing a dramatic expansion of its ad buys in Pennsylvania and Nevada by a combined $600,000, as the 2010 election season races to an end. In all, VoteVets has now spent $4 million dollars during the cycle, across the country.
PRESS RELEASE - Veterans Launch Ad Against Robert Hurt for Opposting Unemployment Benefits
October 19, 2010 | Press Release
MARTINSVILLE, VA - At a time when the unemployment rate among returning Iraq and Afghanistan service-members is over 20 percent, veterans are taking House of Representatives candidate Robert Hurt to task in a new television ad on area broadcast and cable for opposing an extension of unemployment benefits, even for those vets who are still jobless. The ad is sponsored by VoteVets Action Fund, a national veterans organization, which is spending over $200,000 to air the ad nearly 650 times.
Navy Veteran, 9/11 Responder, Expresses Disgust with Roy Blunt in Stunning New Television Ad
October 14, 2010 | Press Release
ST LOUIS, MO - Daniel Arrigo, a U.S. Navy veteran who is also one of the now-seriously ill First Responders in Lower Manhattan following 9/11, expresses disgust with Roy Blunt for voting against the 9/11 First Responders bill in Congress, while voting himself a pay raise eight times, in a hard-hitting new television ad running in Missouri on broadcast and cable.
PRESS RELEASE - Veterans Back Harry Reid in Moving New Television Ad
October 13, 2010 | Press Release
LAS VEGAS, NV - VoteVets.org, a national veterans organization, is launching a moving new television ad today, narrated by a veteran from the state, urging Nevadans to re-elect Senator Harry Reid. The group said it was spending $400,000 to air the ad on statewide broadcast and cable.
PRESS RELEASE - Veterans Launch Nearly $1 Million in Ads in PA, Critical of Toomey, Fitzpatrick on Failure to Support Troops and Vets
October 13, 2010 | Press Release
Ads call for defeat of Toomey, Fitzpatrick for voting against troops and veterans
PRESS RELEASE: Veterans and Military Families Launch First Ever Canvass of Their Own In Support of Sestak
September 28, 2010 | Press Release
PITTSBURGH, PA - Veterans and military families are hitting the streets, taking part in their own canvass of Pennsylvanians for the first time, in support of Joe Sestak for Senate. As they go door-to-door, the veterans and military family members will leave behind blistering door hanger lit pieces, featuring pictures of Sestak's challenger, Pat Toomey, and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad side by side, and one that asks whether Pat Toomey puts Wall Street above our troops. Some of the literature pieces also tout the records of Congressman Patrick Murphy and Bryan Lentz, who is running for Sestak's seat in Congress. Both are Iraq War Veterans. The veterans group, VoteVets Action Fund, is sponsoring the canvas and literature.
PRESS RELEASE: New Poll: Democrat Patrick Murphy Leads Republican Mike Fitzpatrick in Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District
September 27, 2010 | Press Release
Washington, D.C. - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Vote Vets Action Fund released a poll today showing Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy leading Republican Mike Fitzpatrick among likely voters by 49 percent to 46 percent, with 5 percent undecided.
PRESS RELEASE - Vets Fight Back Against Big Oil
September 22, 2010 | Press Release
New Ad Directly Takes On Spot Funded By Big Oil Companies; Features Brother Of Fallen Soldier
PRESS RELEASE - Veterans' Reaction to GOP Filibuster of Defense Bill, Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell in Senate
September 21, 2010 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org, released the following statement, following the successful filibuster of debate on a defense spending bill today, which included a repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
PRESS RELEASE - Washington State Veterans Examine Murray and Rossi Records at Series of Events
September 15, 2010 | Press Release
Local veterans from VoteVets.org are kicking off a tour of the state this week, holding events that examine the records of Senator Patty Murray and former State Senator Dino Rossi, and come to a clear conclusion - Senator Murray's record on Veterans is not just the best in Washington State, but among the best in our nation's history.
PRESS RELEASE - Veterans Back Park 51 Muslim Community Center in Open Letter, As Petraeus Warns Against Anti-Islam Displays
September 08, 2010 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - As the commander of troops in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, is warning against anti-Islam displays in the United States, the largest progressive veterans group in America, VoteVets.org is releasing an open letter of support for the Park51 Community Center, in Lower Manhattan.
PRESS RELEASE - Veterans Call on Obama to Fire Alan Simpson for Defaming Those Who Served America
September 02, 2010 | Press Release
The nation's largest progressive veterans organization, VoteVets.org, is calling on President Obama to relieve former Senator Alan Simpson from his chairmanship of a deficit reduction commission for defamatory comments about veterans.
PRESS RELEASE: Statement of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of VoteVets.org on President's Oval Office Address Tonight
August 31, 2010 | Press Release
Update from Patrick Murphy on Insurance Scam
August 31, 2010 | VoteVets.org
Veterans Assail Low-Ball Attacks on Rep. Chris Carney
August 11, 2010 | Press Release
Marino attacked Carney for being with his cancer-stricken wife, and following military law
New $11 Million Campaign to Ensure Action on Comprehensive Energy & Climate Policy This Summer
June 24, 2010 | Press Release
In the midst of the worst oil disaster in our nation's history, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Sierra Club and VoteVets.org Action Fund today announced an $11 million campaign to help ensure that the U.S. Senate takes decisive action on comprehensive energy and climate legislation this summer.
Sue Lowden Tried to Charge Fees For Burials of US Military Veterans
June 03, 2010 | Press Release
NEVADA - In a new robocall going out to 118,000 households across Nevada, a veteran of the war in Iraq expresses disgust with former State Senator Sue Lowden's plan to tax the burials of men and women who served in uniform.
First Ad Tying Gulf Oil Spill With National Security, Launched by Vets with $1.5 Million Ad Buy
May 27, 2010 | Press Release
Vet Who Served in Clean-Up With Louisiana National Guard Says In Ad: “When I signed on with the National Guard, I did it to help protect America from our enemies... Not to clean up an oil company’s mess here in the Gulf of Mexico.”
Veterans Statement on Historic Sestak Win in Pennsylvania
May 18, 2010 | Press Release
VoteVets.org PAC, the largest progressive group of veterans in America, released the following statement on the win of Joe Sestak in the primary race to become Pennsylvania's next Senator. VoteVets.org PAC endorsed Sestak.
Veterans Put Over $2 Million on Air Backing Clean Energy
April 30, 2010 | Press Release
The $2 million is being spent on two ads. One is a new over $1 million buy on national cable, entitled "Alarm," that features an alarm clock ticking off the over $100 million a day we could deny Iran by passing clean energy legislation, intercut with images of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iranian militants. It makes the point that while clean energy legislation would cut our dependence on oil in half, driving down the cost of oil that Iran profits from, every day Washington waits, "our enemies get bolder."
Veterans Slam Specter Over "Disgraceful" Ad Attacking Veteran Sestak
April 22, 2010 | Press Release
The largest progressive group of veterans in America with over 100,000 members, VoteVets.org PAC, today slammed Arlen Specter for his latest ad attacking Congressman Joseph Sestak's service to America in the Navy, and called on Specter to prove his charges, or pull the ad.
Veterans Endorse Cunningham to Replace Burr in US Senate
April 16, 2010 | Press Release
“Veterans need Cal Cunningham in the Senate. North Carolina needs Cal Cunningham in the Senate. And, America needs Cal Cunningham in the Senate,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org.
Veterans Launch Radio Ads Urging House Members to Support More Energy Independence, National Security
April 14, 2010 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Radio ads launched in 16 Congressional Districts today by America's leading progressive group of veterans takes members to task for supporting legislation that would block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gasses under the Clean Air Act. The ad, sponsored by VoteVets.org Action Fund, makes the point that the legislation threatens fuel-efficiency standards that could cut America's dependence on foreign oil by 2 billion barrels.
New Poll of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Finds Overwhelming Support For Clean Energy Climate Legislation
April 06, 2010 | Press Release
Vets launch compelling national and state television and online ad campaign in support of issue
Veterans Thank Giffords for Clean Energy Vote In New Ad
April 06, 2010 | Press Release
Ad comes as new poll shows Iraq and Afghanistan veterans heavily support Climate Change bill
CREW flags Hannity concert series
March 29, 2010 | Politico.com
“If they’re advertising that they’re raising money for veterans’ families, I would expect that 80 to 90 percent” of the group’s proceeds would benefit the families of veterans, said Jon Soltz, chairman of VoteVets.org, which is backing CREW. “If not every dime is going to those who wore the uniform, then people have the right to know that. It really is that simple.”
Veterans Endorse Manan Trivedi for Congress
March 25, 2010 | Press Release
The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org PAC, today endorsed Dr. Manan Trivedi in his campaign for Congress from Pennsylvania's Sixth Congressional District.
Bailey Gets Endorsement from Veterans in State Senate Race
March 08, 2010 | Press Release
America's most active group of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, VoteVets.org PAC, today endorsed fellow veteran Aaron Bailey in his race to become State Senator from Michigan's 13th District.
Veterans New Ad: Oil Money Enabled Creation of Weapons In Iran, Used in Attacks on US Troops in Iraq
March 03, 2010 | Press Release
US war veterans today announced that they will commit close to a million dollars to an ad campaign -- running nationally and in eight states - which ties Iran's ability to create new and powerful weapons used against our troops to our addiction to oil. It calls on Congress to pass comprehensive clean energy legislation and defund our most dangerous enemies. The ad is paid for by VoteVets.org Action Fund in coordination with Operation Free.
Veterans Launch $2 Million Television Ad Blitz Calling on Congress to Cut Our Dependence on Oil & Pass Comprehensive Energy Legislation
February 04, 2010 | Press Release
the largest progressive group of Veterans in America is launching a $2 million ad campaign in seven states, as well as the nation's capital pushing for a comprehensive energy bill that will cut our dependence on oil, and calling out those who are putting contributions from oil interests above America's interest.
Gallego Gets Endorsement from Veterans in State House Race
February 02, 2010 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org PAC, today endorsed fellow veteran Ruben Gallego in his race for State House.
Veterans React to President's Promise to Push Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell Through Congress This Year
January 27, 2010 | Press Release
"We were extremely heartened to hear the President say that he'll push Congress to permanently repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. ...
Vets Endorse Fellow Veteran Sowers in Missouri 8th District Race
December 10, 2009 | Press Release
"Sowers is a rare breed"
Veterans Demand McConnell, Republicans Allow Health Care Vote
December 08, 2009 | Press Release
Cite study estimating thousands of veterans died from lack of insurance
Chaplains Back Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell
November 16, 2009 | Press Release
Retired Military Chaplains Also Examine Questions About How To Implement A Repeal
Veterans Hail Bill Owens Victory
November 04, 2009 | Press Release
Washington, DC - The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org PAC, cheered the win of fellow veteran Bill Owens in his race to succeed John McHugh as the Congressman from New York's 23rd District. VoteVets.org PAC had endorsed Owens' candidacy, and sent a fundraising appeal to its base, signed by Patrick Murphy, the first Iraq War Veteran elected to Congress.
Veterans Stand with Muscians on Call to Close Guantanamo
October 23, 2009 | Press Release
Senior Interrogator, Counter-Intelligence Agent Stand Firm Against Liz Cheney's helping al Qaeda recruit by keeping Gitmo open
VoteVets.org Launches Massive $400,000 Radio Ad Blitz Urging Senators to Back Clean Energy
October 13, 2009 | Press Release
The ads, sponsored by VoteVets Action Fund, will run in 15 states, calling on those states' Senators to back Clean Energy legislation now up in Congress. Each ad will begin airing in conjunction with a bus tour underway of veterans making the case for a new Clean Energy policy as a National Security matter.
Statement on the Anniversary of the Start of the War in Afghanistan
October 07, 2009 | Press Release
After eight long years in Afghanistan, progress has been all too slow, and losses way too high. We honor and remember all those who lost their lives, all those who were wounded, and all those families who have had to bear the burden of their loved one being in harm’s way in service to America.
Veterans React to Veterans Affairs Announcement on GI Bill Checks
September 30, 2009 | Press Release
Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that veterans who have seen a delay in receiving their new GI Bill benefits will have the option of going online to get expedited checks, in addition to picking them up in person at VA offices, and outposts on college campuses
VoteVets.org Statement on Department of Veterans Affairs/GI Bill Issues
September 23, 2009 | Press Release
"VoteVets.org is more than satisfied that the Department is quickly moving in the right direction."
VETS TO JOE WILSON: "Kick Our Troops and Vets Off Evil Government-Run Health Care!"
September 14, 2009 | Press Release
Calling Representative Joe Wilson out for his hypocrisy on the notion of government-managed heath insurance, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan called on him to pull all of our troops off the single-payer, government run military health system, TRICARE, fully defund the program, and abolish the Department of Veterans Affairs.
War Veterans Call for Senate to Pass Clean Energy Bill in New Television Ad Campaign
September 09, 2009 | Press Release
Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are launching a new television ad campaign, both nationally and in a number of states, aimed at getting the Senate to pass a clean energy and climate bill. The ad, from VoteVets.org, coincides with a growing movement by veterans and security groups making a push on Capitol Hill to get a bill passed and on to the President for his signature.
Veterans Decry Misinformation Campaign Including VA Care and Health Reform Debate
August 24, 2009 | Press Release
Washington - American war veterans are not happy with recent attempts to smear the Department of Veterans Affairs work helping veterans with the very sensitive issue of their living wills, and are calling on the media to quickly debunk the growing rumors.
VoteVets.org Endorses Joe Sestak For PA Senate Seat
August 10, 2009 | Press Release
"Joe Sestak will bring the same honesty, integrity, and hard work with which he's always served America to the U.S. Senate," said Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org, Jon Soltz. "Joe Sestak understands the unique challenges facing America - especially those of us who served and are serving, and stands firm on his principles. You always know where Joe Sestak stands."
Veterans Call for New Legal System to Govern Contractors In Light of Explosive Charges Against Blackwater
August 06, 2009 | Press Release
On behalf of its 105,000 veterans and civilian supporters, VoteVets.org today wrote to the Chairs and Ranking Members of key committees in Congress, calling for a new legal structure to be set up that would govern contractors, and for immediate hearings into the charges.
Veterans Cheer Levin-McCain Amendment Passage on F22
July 21, 2009 | Press Release
Veterans today cheered the passage of the Levin-McCain amendment to the Defense Authorization bill in the Senate, stripping additional funds added in committee for F-22 Raptor jets that the Pentagon didn't want, and funding for which it opposed.
Veterans Stand with McCain on Funding for F-22
July 13, 2009 | Press Release
Senator McCain is 100 percent right on this issue
VoteVets.org Endorses Woods for Congress
July 13, 2009 | Press Release
"A historic candidate for a critical point in history"
VoteVets.org Delivers Thousands of Petition Signatures to Congressman John Boccieri
July 09, 2009 |
Veterans Cheer the Passage of American Clean Energy and Security Act
June 26, 2009 | Press Release
"Finally, we're serious about getting off foreign oil and protecting America"
Veterans and Concerned Citizens Join Together To Oppose Congressional Wasteful Spending on F-22 Fighters
June 22, 2009 | Press Release
Call to strip funding for jets developed to fight Soviet Union's next-generation fighters; Restore funding to clean up nuclear waste sites used to pay for planes
In New Television Ad Campaign, War Veterans Urge Congressman Pomeroy to Support Clean Energy
June 16, 2009 | Press Release
North Dakota Vet cites connection between Middle East Oil, Terrorists; Says Passing Bill Can Help Protect America
Statement of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans on Killing of Five in Iraq by U.S. Soldier
May 11, 2009 | Press Release
"Every time an American is killed in Iraq, it is a tragedy, and today's loss is extremely saddening. However, on behalf of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, I would urge the media to be prudent in its reporting, and not jump to conclusions or characterizations. Already one report that the suspect took his own life has proven to be false. For those who lost their lives, their families, and for all the troops, we all need to exercise caution, and not speculate about this tragic event or the events surrounding it."
Veterans Groups Join AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council to Announce Support for the Employee Free Choice Act
April 29, 2009 | Press Release
Veterans groups are joining the AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council in calling for the passage of labor law reform that gives workers back the freedom to form unions and bargain collectively for a better life. In a dozen states, VoteVets and the AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council are teaming up to host military veterans, family members, and union members for rallies, roundtable discussions, and mobilization events. At the events, they will discuss issues important to them during the economic crisis, including the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, legislation that would fix broken labor laws and help create an economy that works for everyone.
War Veterans Cheer Confirmation of Tammy Duckworth As Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs
April 22, 2009 | Press Release
"Tammy is going to be an exceptional addition to the Department of Veterans Affairs. We now have one of our own - a veteran of the wars we're now in - in a top administration position. Tammy also has personal experience with the Department - both as a patient, and as the veterans affairs chief in Illinois. Her experiences from the battlefield to the homefront are going to add a much-needed perspective at the Department.
VoteVets.org Invited To Obama Speech On Veterans; Sends Wounded Veteran Who Had VA/DOD Transition Issues
April 09, 2009 | Press Release
Washington, DC - Brian McGough knows the pain of navigating from Department of Defense (DOD) medical care to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) care all too well. After sustaining a Traumatic Brain Injury and suffering PTSD due to a roadside bomb in Iraq, Brian had to go on unemployment when mounds of paperwork and bureaucracy kept him from a seamless transition from DOD to VA care.
21st Century Veterans React to the Department of Defense Budget Proposal
April 06, 2009 | Press Release
"The general goals laid out by Secretary Gates with his proposed budget are square on, when it comes to the needs of today's Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, and Guardsman. We must have a much greater focus on the troops in the field, and their needs now and in the future. This kind of shift is long overdue, and we call on Congress to keep these goals in mind as they work with the administration on the budget.
Veterans Furious with Senator Burr Over Hold on Veterans Affairs Nomination
April 02, 2009 | Press Release
North Carolina Senator Objects To A Vote On War Hero, Before Recess
VoteVets.org Wins Gold Pollie: Veterans group's ad on former-Representative Marilyn Musgrave named best of 2008
April 02, 2009 | Press Release
Washington - VoteVets.org Action Fund was honored with a Gold Pollie Award from the Association of Political and Public Affairs Professionals, for its ad last year on former-Representative Marilyn Musgrave's record on veterans issues. The Pollies are considered the top award in the political and public affairs arena.
War Veterans Back Obama Strategy for Afghanistan/Pakistan: Group launches campaign to support the strategy
March 27, 2009 | Press Release
Veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq today backed President Obama's newly announced plan for Afghanistan/Pakistan, and enlisted its online supporters to mobilize to back the plan.
Local Veterans Leader Praises Obama Administration Plans for New Veterans Hospital
March 18, 2009 | Press Release
Denver, Colo. - Colorado veterans praised the announcement from the Obama Administration that a new 200-bed stand-alone veterans hospital will be built to replace the current facility serving Denver and the surrounding areas.
VoteVets.org Stands Up For "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Repeal at Capitol Hill Rally
March 13, 2009 | Press Release
Leading progressive veterans group continues campaign to allow servicemembers to serve openly
VoteVets.org takes one item of off legislative priorities and adds 2 new priorities.
March 06, 2009 | VoteVets.org Update
VoteVets.org Begins Campaign to End "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy
March 04, 2009 | Press Release
In an email to its 105,000+ member base, Iraq War Veteran and former Marine Ashwin Madia urged people to begin writing Letters to the Editor of their papers, and provided a link for them to do so. Madia dealt with discrimination in the military firsthand: as a judge advocate in the Marine Corps, he successfully defended a gay Marine from discharge based on discriminatory treatment.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans React to President Obama's Announcement on Iraq
February 27, 2009 | Press Release
The nation's largest progressive group of veterans, VoteVets.org, today reacted positively towards President Obama's announcement on the future of the war in Iraq.
Campaign to Overturn an on Photos at Dover Air Force Base Launched
February 26, 2009 | Press Release
The largest progressive group of veterans in the nation today launched a campaign to get the Pentagon to recommend that the ban on photos of returning flag-draped caskets of those killed in action be overturned. VoteVets.org called on it's 105,000+ membership to email the Pentagon, which is about to make a recommendation to President Obama.
STATEMENT FROM AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ VETERANS ON NEWLY ANNOUNCED TROOP INCREASE IN AFGHANISTAN
February 17, 2009 | Press Release
The nation's largest progressive group of veterans today reacted to news from the Pentagon that an additional 12,000 U.S. troops or more will be heading to Afghanistan instead of Iraq.
Tauscher Introduces Legislation to Give Troops More Rest
February 16, 2009 | Press Release
Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.) introduced legislation on Thursday to provide guaranteed rest and training periods for the men and women in uniform who have had less and less time between deployments.
Veterans Applaud Duckworth Nomination To Department of Veterans Affairs
February 03, 2009 | Press Release
VoteVets.org, today applauded the nomination of Tammy L. Duckworth to be the Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Pleased With President Obama's 'Day One'
January 21, 2009 | Press Release
Already, the President halted prosecutions at Guantanamo, allowing for a review of the military commissions, which is seen as a first step towards closing the prison. The day also includes a meeting with Secretary of Defense Gates, General David Petraeus, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to begin work on a responsible exit from Iraq.
VoteVets.org Releases Memo to Obama Transition Team
January 15, 2009 | Press Release
The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org, today released a memo to the Obama Transition Team, which is posted at www.change.gov. The memo focuses on suggestions for the Department of Veterans affairs (VA), based on feedback from VoteVets.org members.
IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN VETERANS ON APPOINTMENT OF GENERAL ERIC SHINSEKI TO HEAD THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
December 07, 2008 | Press Release
With the announcement by President-Elect Obama that retired General Eric Shinseki is his pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans released the following statement.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Endorse John Murtha for Re-election
October 29, 2008 | Press Release
The largest group of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, VoteVets.org, today announced their endorsement of John Murtha for re-election.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Call Out Saxby Chambliss For Votes Against Funding Body Armor for Troops in Ad Campaign
October 27, 2008 | Press Release
The largest group of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, VoteVets.org, announced it is running an ad in Georgia that highlights votes made by Senator Saxby Chambliss against greater funding for body armor for the troops. The ad will run over the next week in the Columbus and Savannah markets.
Iraq and Afghanistan Vets Endorse Walt Minnick for Congress
October 23, 2008 | Press Release
The largest group of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, VoteVets.org with 100,000 members, has endorsed Walk Minnick in his race for Congress, citing his commitment to veterans and his service in uniform.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Launch Ad Blitz Demanding Collins Stand Up for Maine and America
August 29, 2008 | Press Release
The largest group of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, with 102,000 members, VoteVets.org is today launching a massive one-week ad blitz, calling on Senator Susan Collins to stop rubber stamping the Bush administration on Iraq, and stand up for Maine and America. The ad will begin running today through Thursday on broadcast and cable.
Veterans React to McCain's Admission That He'll Need a Military Draft
August 20, 2008 | Press Release
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans today reacted to John McCain's statement that he doesn't disagree that we would need a military draft to do everything he wants. At a town hall in Las Cruces, NM, a woman said she could not see doing everything McCain wanted, and would not have the troops under his plan to follow Osama bin Laden to the "gates of hell" without a draft.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Outraged Over Ozinga Tactics in Illinois Race After Opponent's Son Injured in Combat
August 13, 2008 | Press Release
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans expressed outrage that Marty Ozinga, a candidate for Illinoisâ€™ 11th Congressional Seat, would begin running attack robocalls against his opponent, Debbie Halvorson, just as she was visiting her stepson who was evacuated from Afghanistan after a serious injury.
Las Vegas Iraq Veteran on John McCain's Appearance at Disabled American Veterans Convention
August 08, 2008 | Press Release
A two-tour veteran of the Iraq war who was injured in combat said today that Senator McCain must own up to his poor record on veterans issues, when he appears at the Disabled American Veterans conference this weekend, in Las Vegas.
Former Chief of Medical Operations for HQ USAFE at Ramstein Air Force Base Responds to Latest McCain Ad
July 28, 2008 | Press Release
The former Chief of Medical Operations for United States Air Force in Europe (USAFE) Headquarters at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany today ripped into Senator John McCain's latest ad, which attacks Senator Barack Obama for not making a campaign event of a visit to wounded troops.
Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Write to McCain; Call on him to Reverse Stance on Rationing VA Care
July 25, 2008 | Press Release
Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, representing 18 states, wrote a letter to Senator John McCain today, regarding his recent comments that it may be time to ration Department of Veterans Affairs medical and mental care for veterans.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Call for Vets For Freedom to Pull New Television Ad
July 09, 2008 | Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, the largest group of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, VoteVets.org, called on the pro-Bush/McCain group Vets for Freedom to stand in support of the Iraqi government, and not air advertisements planned for the coming months that call for an indefinite military presence in Iraq.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Respond to Senator McCain's
June 11, 2008 | Press Release
John McCain showed once again this morning that he doesn't get the big picture when it comes to the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, or the morale of the troops.
CREW and VoteVets.org Respond to Congressional Testimony from VA on Deliberate Misdiagnoses of PTSD
June 04, 2008 | Press Release
At a news conference, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and VoteVets.org were joined by Senators Daniel Akaka (D-HI), the chairman of the committee, Patty Murray (D-WA), and Bernard Sanders (I-VT), as well as two veterans who had their PTSD claims denied by the VA, even though they had been determined to have the mental injury.
John McCain sacked for choosing football money over veterans' education
May 22, 2008 | Press Release
WASHINGTON - Senator John McCain failed to show up for a vote on an amendment that included the 21st Century GI Bill, offered by Senators Jim Webb and Chuck Hagel, instead choosing to raise money in California, including events sponsored by San Diego Chargers owner Alex Spanos.
Senator Cornyn's office smears veterans for daring to ask him to support education benefits for troops
May 21, 2008 | Press Release
WASHINGTON - Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan today expressed disappointment that Senator John Cornyn would belittle them and their service, because they asked him to vote in favor of a bi-partisan GI Bill for the 21st Century. That bill, offered by Senators Jim Webb and Chuck Hagel, would update the Montgomery GI Bill to keep education benefits for troops current with the cost of education.
VoteVets.org Launches Ad Blitz Targeting McCain, Cornyn on 21st Century Bill
May 20, 2008 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - The largest group of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, with 95,000 members, VoteVets.org today launched a 36-hour television advertising blitz urging Senators John McCain and John Cornyn to support the bipartisan 21st Century GI Bill, offered by Senators Jim Webb and Chuck Hagel.
CREW and VoteVets.org Expose VA Directive Barring Staff from Diagnosing Soldiers with PTSD in Order to Cut Costs
May 15, 2008 | Press Release
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and VoteVets.org released an e-mail obtained from a Veterans Affairs (VA) employee directing VA staff to refrain from diagnosing soldiers and veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Oklahoma Veterans Slam Inhofe for Backing Watered-down Education Bill
May 02, 2008 | Press Release
Norman, Okla. - An Oklahoma veteran of the war in Iraq has slammed Senator James Inhofe for abandoning the bi-partisan Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act (S.22), cosponsored by Senators Jim Webb and Chuck Hagel, and instead backing a watered-down measure sponsored by Republicans, led by Senator John McCain. Senator Inhofe quietly removed his name from the Webb-Hagel bill this week.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Strongly Reject McCain's Watered-Down Education Bill
April 23, 2008 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan flat-out rejected a watered down substitute of the Webb-Hagel GI Bill, offered by Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Richard Burr yesterday. The veterans made clear that the only piece of legislation acceptable to the veterans community is The Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act (S.22), cosponsored by Senators Jim Webb and Chuck Hagel.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Implore John McCain to Co-sponsor New G.I. Bill
April 03, 2008 | Press Release
WASHINGTON - A new internet video featuring veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, coupled with an online petition, is urging Senator John McCain (R-AZ) to sign onto a new G.I. Bill as a cosponsor. The video, which is a joint project of Brave New Films, VoteVets.org, and General Wesley Clark's WesPAC, features four veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, testifying on the problems they have with the current, outdated G.I. Bill.
Veteran Charlie Brown Wins VoteVets.org $5000 Run-Off
March 24, 2008 | Press Release
WASHINGTON – Charlie Brown, who is running to fill the open seat in Congress now held by Rep. John Doolittle (CA-4), will be receiving a $5000 check from VoteVets.org, for winning an internet run-off this past week. Brown, along with six other veterans, were endorsed by VoteVets.org last week. While each of the candidates was promised $1000 from the group, VoteVets.org allowed members to select, online, which candidate would get a maximum allowable $5000 contribution.
Afghanistan Veterans Express Disbelief at President's Comments on War
March 14, 2008 | Press Release
WASHINGTON - Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) expressed shock that the President believes the war is "romantic" and "exciting."
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Respond to 'Exhaustive' Pentagon Study Finding No Saddam-Al Qaeda Link
March 11, 2008 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran, and Chairman of VoteVets.org, released the following statement on news that an 'exhaustive' Pentagon study of Iraqi documents found no link between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/world/5608384.html
Texas Veterans Demand Republican Party, Senator Cornyn Stand Down
March 07, 2008 | Press Release
Today, Veterans of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan reacted with swift anger at the Republican Party for maintaining that those who oppose the Bush/Cornyn failed policies in Iraq "want to retreat from the terrorists." (Source: http://www.star-telegram.com/state_news/story/514248.html ). Below are a collection of quotes from Iraq and Afghanistan veterans across Texas.
VoteVets on Super Tuesday
February 11, 2008 |
VoteVet's Massachusetts Team Members Peter O'Brien and Terence O'Rourke on the radio on Super Tuesday
McConnell Insults Fallen Troops, Kentucky Vet Reacts
December 07, 2007 | Press Release
McConnell on war dead: "Remember these are not draftees, these are full-time professional soldiers"
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans write to Select Committees on Intelligence Demanding Inquiry into the Matter
December 04, 2007 | Press Release
Immediate hearings must be held on when President knew about the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran
Irag and Afghanistan Veterans React to Appointment of Dr. James Peake to Head Department of Veterans Affairs
October 30, 2007 | VoteVets.org
"The most pressing question here is, will Dr. Peake be a leader, or will be he be a follower? This administration has been nothing but hostile to veterans care and funding for key veterans programs. Will Dr. Peake stand up for Veterans and challenge this President, or will he just go along to get along?
VoteVets.org Ad on Limbaugh Gains National Attention
October 05, 2007 |
Iraq and Afghanistan veterans hit back when Rush Limbaugh attacked them, calling them “phony soldiers” for opposing the President’s failed policy on the war, and when he later compared VoteVets.org’s Brian McGough to a suicide bomber. Above, Brian McGough, who was in the ad, appears on Countdown to do an interview, as Rush Limbaugh continues to refuse to have him on his show.
Brandon Friedman Delivers Response to President
July 14, 2007 |
On July 14, 2007, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Brandon Friedman, a Senior Advisor to VoteVets.org, delivered the radio response to the President. This marks the second time VoteVets.org has delivered the response.
VoteVets.org Advisory Board Member Testimony to House Foreign Relations Committee
June 27, 2007 |
The Foreign Affairs Committee holds a hearing, "Iraq: Is the Escalation Working?" Major General John Batiste, USA, Retired, gives opening testimony.
VoteVets.org at Take Back America 2007
June 21, 2007 | YouTube
VoteVets.org's Chairman Jon Soltz at the Take Back America Conference