And NEA Extend Arizona Television Ad, Exposing Jeff Flake's Extreme Anti-Veteran Record

 · & NEA, Press Release

Ads will run for 10 days, flooding the airwaves

PHOENIX, Ariz. - The largest progressive group of veterans of America, 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 - including his extreme vote against the landmark Post-9/11 GI Bill.  The ad will air for 10 days broadcast and cable, at a cost of $315,000.  The ad ran for two weeks last month.

The ad can be viewed here:

The full script and backup materials are below.

The ad features Iraq War Veteran, and Chandler, AZ resident Steven Lopez.  In the ad, he says, "I proudly served our country for two tours in Iraq.  Congressman Jeff Flake voted to send us to that war, and then voted against us when we return home.  Flake voted to cut veterans benefits by billions.  He was one of only twelve in Congress to vote against the GI bill, which is putting veterans like me through school.   And Flake was one of only three to vote against job training for returning troops.   Jeff Flake doesn't deserve my vote...or my respect."

General (ret.) Wesley Clark
, Chairman of the Board of Advisors said, "Congressman Flake cannot run from his extreme votes.  When you are one of only twelve House members out of over 400 to oppose a new GI Bill for our troops and one of only three to oppose job training for veterans, you are extremely far out of the mainstream.  There isn't a lot of bipartisanship in Washington these days, but on these issues, nearly all Democrats and Republicans came together - except for Jeff Flake.  Veterans don't need someone like that in the Senate."

"The National Education Association is proud to stand next to to defeat Jeff Flake.  We've been fighting Jeff Flake's extreme positions on education for years as a member of the House of Representatives.  We don't need his brand of extremism in the U.S. Senate.  We hope all of our members and every voter who cares about both veterans and supporting our schools, rejects Jeff Flake for Senate," said NEA Political Director Karen White.  "We need Senators who will stand up for those who serve our country, both in the military and in the classroom." 

Founded in 2006,  and backed by over 220,000 members, the mission of 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. 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. 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.

The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.




:30 TV AD




VETERAN:  I proudly served our country for two tours in Iraq.



Congressman Jeff Flake voted to send us to that war...







...and then voted against us when we return home.




Flake voted to cut veterans benefits by billions.








He was one of only twelve in Congress to vote against the GI bill....







....which is putting veterans like me through school.




And Flake was one of only three to vote against job training for returning troops.











Jeff Flake doesn't deserve my vote...or my respect. 





Jeff Flake Voted for Iraq Use-of-Force Resolution. On October 10, 2002, Jeff Flake voted for H J Res 114, a resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq. The resolution, however, required the administration to report to Congress that diplomatic options had been exhausted diplomatic options no later than 48 hours after military action had begun. The president was also required to submit a progress report to Congress at least every 60 days. The House passed the resolution 296-133. [Roll Call 455, S 114, 10/10/2002]







Flake Voted for Budget That Cut Veterans Benefits.  In 2003, Congressman Jeff Flake voted for a budget that called for cutting $15 billion from veterans' benefits, including veterans' pensions, compensation, education and other benefits, over 10 years. [Letter from Edward R. Heath, National Commander, Disabled Veterans of America (Congressional Record, page H2547), 3/17/03; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote 82, 3/21/03]



Flake One Of Twelve Members To Vote Against New GI Bill, Increased Education Benefits For Veterans. According to Washington Post, "In a pair of bipartisan votes, the House yesterday approved $162 billion to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan well into 2009 and a separate measure that would allow veterans returning from those battlefields to receive increased education benefits. The domestic spending measure, approved 416 to 12, also includes a 13-week extension of unemployment insurance for laid-off workers who have used all 26 weeks of their current benefits, and $2.65 billion for Midwest flood relief. [...]Under the program, often called the new GI Bill, veterans would receive enough money to pay even the most expensive state university tuition." [Roll Call 432, HR 2642, 6/19/08; Washington Post, 6/20/08]


Flake One of Three Members to Vote Against Providing On-Job and Vocational Training for Post 9/11 Veterans. According to the Associated Press, "A measure aimed at improving educational assistance for veterans since Sept. 11, 2001 awaits President Barack Obama's signature after passing the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill was introduced by U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, who said Thursday that education of veterans is a vital part of the nation's commitment to members of the armed services. The bill provides for less complex programs for veterans who have served on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001, pays benefits for on-job and vocational training, and makes service members eligible for an annual book allowance. The measure passed the Senate on Monday before clearing the House on Thursday." [HR 3447, Vote 642, 12/16/10; Associated Press, 12/17/10]




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