Tells State Rep Candidate to Back Off Criticism of Military Service

 ·, Press Release

PHOENIX, ARIZ. - The national veterans group,, 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.

"Mike Snitz should be ashamed of himself," said Ruben Gallego, Arizona State Chair for, and himself State Representative and Iraq War Veteran.  "It is offensive that a twice decorated Marine like Jonathan Larkin is having his Iraq war service attacked by a former advertising executive, who never served anyone other than himself.  Further, when Mike Snitz attacks the honorable service of someone like Jonathan Larkin, he attacks every single man and woman who served America in Iraq and Afghanistan.  He doesn't just owe an apology to Jonathan Larkin, he owes an apology to all of us who served."

Last Thursday, in the Yellowsheet from Arizona Capitol Report, Snitz said derided Larkin as a "20-something" and said serving in war as a Marine didn't give one enough "life experience."

Founded in 2006,  and backed by over 220,000 supporters, 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.




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