RICHMOND, VA - Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets PAC, released the following statement on Donald Trump's tweet smearing veteran and Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate, Ralph Northam, which Trump posted last evening:


"Donald Trump has a real bad habit of smearing and demeaning veterans, POWs, and Gold Star Families, and his disgraceful attacks on Ralph Northam continue that disgraceful pattern.


Let us be clear. Ralph Northam wore the uniform to help protect America. Donald Trump dodged the draft, and now has us on the brink of a new Korean War.  


If Donald Trump wants to go toe-to-toe with Ralph Northam on who is stronger on defense and keeping Virginia safe, Donald Trump will lose that fight -- bigly.


We call on Ed Gillespie to disavow Trump's comments, or explain to Virginia why it is OK to smear veterans."


After attending the Virginia Military Institute, Ralph Northam served in the U.S Army as a Doctor during Desert Storm treating wounded soldiers. He rose to the rank of Major. Upon his return from treating soldiers injured in Desert Storm, Dr. Northam began practicing pediatric neurology at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk. Dr. Northam also serves as Assistant Professor of Neurology at Eastern Virginia Medical School and has seventeen years of volunteer services as Medical Director for the Edmarc Hospice for Children in Portsmouth.


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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