10/2003: McCain voted to TABLE a vote for $1 Billion for National Guard and Reserve Equipment in Iraq dueto:shortage of helmets, tents, bullet-proof
inserts, & tactical vests.
10/2003: McCain voted to TABLE an amendment for $322,000,000 for safety equipment for USforces.
3/2004: McCain voted AGAINST increasing Vet-medical care by $1.8 billion.
3/2006: McCain voted AGAINST increasing Vet-medical services $1.5 billion in FY2007.
5/2006: McCain voted AGAINST $20 Million to VA for health care facilities.
4/2006: McCain voted AGAINST $430,000,000 to Veteran's Affairs for Medical Services.
9/2007: McCain voted AGAINST bill to minimize periods of time between deployment of units sent to Iraq.
And the absolute most damning off all: John McCain came out against the Webb 21st Century GI Bill that would extend the benefits post-WW2 soldiers
received to those who served post-9/11. Apparently he feels our troops aren't worth taking care of back home. When the actual vote came up, he was
one of only three senators to skip (the other being Tom Coburn and Tedd Kennedy, the latter being incapacitated due to health).
Where was McCain during this important vote? Holding a fund raiser in California. Talk about political gains...
For a man who claims to always be there for the troops, his record shows otherwise.
When asked about his non-vote on the Bill, McCain got defensive and stated this:
Watch it right here
As a matter of fact I received the highest award from literally every veteran’s organization in America.
Turns out that is a blatant lie.
— Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave McCain a grade of D for his record of voting against veterans. (By contrast, Obama got a
– Disabled Veterans of America noted McCain’s dismal 20 percent voting record on veterans’ issues. (Obama had an 80 percent.)
– In a list of “Key Votes,” Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) notes McCain “Voted Against Us” 15 times and “Voted For Us” only 8.
(Obama voted for VVA 12 times, and against only once.)
So if you're wondering why Obama didn't visit troops in Germany, ask yourself why McCain has voted against our veterans consistently (or apparently
not felt it was important enough to vote for them at all). Ask yourself why several Veterans organizations give him an extremely low rating, even
while he says otherwise.
[edit on 28-7-2008 by evanmontegarde]