Friday letters: Congress failing our veterans

07/18/2014 12:00 AM

07/17/2014 5:37 PM

I am a U.S. Air Force veteran who has had direct and long experience with the inadequacies of our Veterans Affairs health-care delivery at Dorn Medical Center in Columbia.

The problems with the system have been apparent for many years. Our representatives in Congress have been told about these problems repeatedly.

These same elected officials, from South Carolina and other states, are now posturing as being outraged and concerned about the treatment of our nation’s veterans.

These same officials, if history is repeated, will be re-elected in November and once again place the care of veterans on the back burner.

It is time to stop re-electing incumbents who take our veterans (and all Americans) for granted. Nearly 95 percent of incumbents are re-elected each election cycle — even though nearly 90 percent of us say we are disgusted with their performance. You don’t have to be a veteran to love your country and be willing to fight for her. You can fight for her with your vote this November.

One way I intend to make a difference is to vote for the four American Party of South Carolina candidates who will be on our ballot in November. One of them, Jill Bossi, is running against Tim Scott for the U.S. Senate. Unlike Scott, she is very involved with our military and our veterans. Her husband and two of her children are veterans, and another son and his wife are active duty Marine Corps.

Most importantly, Ms. Bossi, like the other American Party candidates, has committed to term limits, transparency and ethical conduct once in office. As others have noted, we can’t change Washington (or Columbia) until we change who we send to Washington (or Columbia).

Edward Hardin


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