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.