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May 23, 2014

Haley announces veterans coalition

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Gov. Nikki Haley announced Friday a coalition of veterans who say the Lexington Republican understands the issues facing the military and their families in her re-election bid, the campaign said.

Haley's camp said the governor has worked on a program between the S.C. National Guard and the state Department of Employment and Workforce to help veterans find jobs and that the veteran unemployment rate in the state has fallen during her tenure.

"As a military wife, Gov. Haley understands the sacrifices made by those who put on a uniform every day, not to mention the sacrifices made by military families," said retired Major Gen. James Livingston, who earned the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War.

“Veterans for Haley” includes:

Tom Allen, Anderson

John Allen, Oconee

Bob Barnwell, Columbia

Warren Benson, Columbia

Robert Bessel, Sumter

Robert Billheimer, Sumter

Lenwood Bradford, Sumter

Ernie Brockman, Summerville

Frank Brown, Sumter

Bill Butts, Oconee

Brent Caldwell, Aiken

Dick Dewar, Aiken

Henry Eldridge, York

Dale Ellenburg, Anderson

Dottie Ellis, Seneca

Ruben Espinoza, Columbia

Oscar Fuller, Cherokee

Sam Havelock, Charleston

John Ingham, Sumter

Max Kastor, Calhoun

Ken Kelley, Lancaster

Ben Kinlaw, Barnwell

Jim Lechner, Orangeburg

Jerry Lee, Oconee

James Livingston, Mt. Pleasant

David Lobb, Aiken

Carl Lopez, Columbia

Jim Lorraine, Aiken

Steve Maxwell, Abbeville

Tony McAlister, Williamston

George E. McCall, Greenville

Glenn McCall, Rock Hill

Tony Meyers, Sumter

Tim Murphy, Sumter

Don Odom, Sumter

Melissa Osborne, Sumter

Paul Pecoraro, Aiken

Don Praser, Fairfield

Rick Pressly, Abbeville

Larry Pritchard, Tega Cay

Ashby Rhame, Sumter

Thomas A. Robillard, Columbia

Jerry Rovner, Georgetown

Wendell Satterfield, Laurens

Leo Sheedy, Sumter

Howard Stammerjohn, Anderson

Buz Stebbins, Tega Cay

Bill Strickland, Sumter

Ronald Stroud, Kershaw

Duane Swygert, Jasper

Tom Turner, Abbeville

Jack Van Loan, Columbia

Paul Wagner, Tega Cay

Eli Wishart, Columbia

Jim Young, Blythewood

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