Veterans Endorse Fellow Vet Carmona for Arizona's Senate Seat

 ·, Press Release

Phoenix, AZ - The largest group of progressive veterans in America, 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 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."

Born to a poor Hispanic family in New York City, Dr. Richard Carmona experienced homelessness, hunger and bleak prospects for a future education and economic opportunity.  The child of parents who emigrated to the United States and struggled with alcoholism and substance abuse, Rich learned tough early lessons about economic disparities and social injustice - an experience he has never forgotten, and one that has given him an understanding of how culture, health, education and economic status shape our country.

Like his siblings and many of his friends, Carmona dropped out of high school. With few skills and little education, he enlisted in the Army and went to Vietnam. Military service gave him discipline and a drive to succeed that he still carries today. In order to apply for Special Forces and become a combat medic, he earned his high school equivalency degree. Carmona left the Army a combat-decorated veteran, he was later awarded two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts, along with his combat medical badge and numerous other decorations to mark his service.

When he returned home from Vietnam, Carmona became the first member of his family to earn a college degree, and later received his medical degree. In 2002, he was nominated by the president and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to become the 17th Surgeon General of the United States.

Founded in 2006, the mission of Political Action Committee is to elect Veterans to public office, with a focus on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and hold public officials accountable for their words and actions that impact America's 21st century troops and veterans. Though PAC is non-partisan, candidates it backs must support's core mission and beliefs.


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