Bossi: US Sen Tim Scott has done little to help veterans

08/21/2014 12:00 AM

08/20/2014 2:03 PM

In his Sunday column (“Protecting South Carolina’s veterans”), U.S. Sen. Tim Scott said he was “extremely troubled when news reports broke of widespread mismanagement problems” and that he long “fought to end the VA claims backlog” and “had staff working to assist veterans.” If so, why didn’t he take any action until 2014?

Unfortunately, there is little to show that Mr. Scott cares about our military, except how many votes it will garner him.

Where was Tim Scott before all of the failings of the Veterans Administration came to light? Well, back on Jan. 1, 2011 Mr. Scott, said: “The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has the most integrated health care system in America and would be an exemplary model for our entire health care system to follow.” Tim Scott did nothing to look into what was happening. Both Disabled Veterans of America and Vietnam Veterans of America gave Mr. Scott a 0 percent rating, and I would believe their estimation of Mr. Scott’s efficacy, rather than his own hyperbole.

As a Daughter of the American Revolution, the wife and mother of Air Force veterans and the mother of a U.S. Army vet daughter and U.S. Marine son, I can unequivocally state that the military and veterans are “my family,” and I understand the problems and challenges that they face in active duty and upon retirement. I am indignant that Mr. Scott would just now be waking up to these problems when it is time for election.

Those who serve in the military and our veterans deserve better than what the United States has given them. They have defended us at home and abroad against terrorism. All this while their families struggle at home to make ends meet. It is a travesty that there are veterans who are hungry, homeless and in need of care. That must change. And I guarantee that if I am elected I will change it. The military and veterans are not election hyperbole; they are my family, and I will do everything within my power to ensure that they are taken care of.

Tim Scott’s record is not that of someone who fights for the rights of our military and veterans, and I am offended that he would brag about all he has done, when he has accomplished so little for them. Our military and our veterans deserve better than what Tim Scott has to offer.

Jill Bossi

Tega Cay

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