VoteVets calls out Senator Blunt for voting against veterans, while hiding how he got out of Vietnam

COLUMBIA, MO – The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org, is today taking Senator Roy Blunt to task for voting against our troops and veterans, all while not being honest about how he evaded the Vietnam War. 

In an exclusive in today’s Kansas City Star, it was revealed that Blunt received two student deferments during the war, to avoid the draft.  Blunt, for years, has told people he simply got a high number in the draft lottery, and was never called to serve. 

“If Senator Blunt had been honest with people through all of these years, about how and why he evaded the draft, we’d have no issue,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org.  “But he didn’t.  Not only did he not come clean about all his student deferments during Vietnam, but he did so while voting against many of the veterans who went and served in his place.” 

“Senator Blunt needs to deeply, deeply apologize to the men and women who served this country,” Soltz added. 

Senator Blunt’s record on veterans’ issues is disappointing, at best.  Among his votes in Washington, Blunt: 

Founded in 2006, and backed by over 400,000 supporters, the mission of VoteVets.org is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home.  VoteVets.org also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans' interests in their day-to-day lives.   VoteVets.org is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world - with force when necessary - to protect America. While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.

 

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