Vets go to Washington

| November 26, 2012 | 5 Comments

The Associated Press reports that nine veterans of the current wars in the Middle East are headed to Congress after their successful elections. of course, the main focus of the article is Tammy Duckworth, this blog has been sufficiently critical of Ms. Duckworth, at this point, we’ll sit back and see what she accomplishes for veterans in her tenure before we say anything else. Her record of working for veterans in the past has been weak sauce, but we’ll give her the benefit of the doubt for the time being. The other Democrat who is also a veteran going to Congress is Hawaii’s Tulsi Gabbard. The seven Republicans who are also veterans are;

Ron DeSantis of Florida was a judge advocate officer in the Navy who deployed to Iraq as a legal adviser during the 2007 troop surge.
Brad Wenstrup of Ohio was as a combat surgeon in Iraq.
Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan served in an administrative capacity with an artillery unit in Iraq and retired after suffering a neck injury. He also served as an infantry rifleman in Vietnam.
Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma was a combat pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Scott Perry of Pennsylvania commanded an aviation battalion in Iraq in 2009 and 2010.
Doug Collins of Georgia was a chaplain in Iraq.
Tom Cotton of Arkansas, a Harvard Law School graduate, was an infantry platoon leader in Iraq and then was on a reconstruction team in Afghanistan. In between, he was a platoon leader at Arlington National Cemetery.

Regardless of their party affiliation, I’m glad to see so many veterans going to Congress, since we’ve been poorly represented lately, especially when our own have turned on us, like Lindsay Graham and John McCain.

Category: Veterans in politics

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  1. NHSparky says:

    Sadly, regardless of how you feel about Scott Brown, the idiots who call themselves the Massivetwoshits voters decided they were better represented by Fauxcahontas.

  2. Ex-PH2 says:

    Ms. Duckworth has become more and more obnoxious in the course of her ‘career’. However, you’re right — give her the benefit of the doubt and see what she does.

    Otherwise, she may have to get a real job, like the rest of the world.

  3. AW1 Tim says:

    I concur with both of my shipmates. Mass voters really and truly messed up, and we’ll wait and see regarding Ms Duckworth.

  4. FatCircles says:

    Just hope they aren’t RINO’s. Lord knows we don’t need more of those bozos. Mr. West’s defeat by the Drunk Tank Kid basically summed up societies view regarding warriors though. They rely on them when times are tough and kick them to the curb when it’s not. Look at what happened to Churchill for example.

  5. COB6 says:

    While I like to see veterans in Congress, this group of Republicans don’t exactly run a thrill up my leg.

    Aside from Cotton, who does appear to be a stud, here’s what I see:
    2 pilots, a doctor, a chaplain and a PAC clerk (although he did serve 1 year as an Infantryman).

    I realize I am biased but I would like to see more of the steely-eyed-killer types.

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