My friend NEPAsarge Veteran Voice recently asked Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta about his positions on veterans issues. He got a cut and paste response.
I recently received a letter in the mail from Lou Barletta’s campaign. I have attached what he sent me which can be seen on his website, www.loubarletta.com.
I know the Veterans’ Administration medical center in Wilkes-Barre Township plays a critical role in the health care of thousands more veterans across Northeastern Pennsylvania. The local VA hospital serves one of the largest populations of veterans in the nation. It is critical that the VA hospital not only remain open, but that it provides the best possible care with the most modern equipment. If I am fortunate enough to represent you in Washington as your Congressman, I give you my word that I will fight to protect the VA Medical Center. I will prevent it from being closed. I will make sure that veterans are never shortchanged when it comes to medical care here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
NEPAsarge: Thanks to Rep. Kanjorski, it stayed open when the Republicans controlled congress tried to close it. So in this statement didn’t Rep. Kanjorski already do this?
The rest of his response came from his website promising to help homeless vets and fund programs for PTSD, brain injuries and fund the latest version of the GI Bill. Programs the Republicans didn't want to fund when they were in charge or in some cases wouldn't even acknowledge the problem. Remember that the 2008 Republican platform called for dismantling the VA heath care system replacing it with a system that would give our vets a voucher to go out and find help.
NEPAsarge was not impressed with Mr. Barletta's response:
Paul Kanjorski has led the charge of veterans rights ever since he took the oath of office 15 years ago, for the people of NEPA. The current servicemen and women, their families, and veterans are well protected by Paul Kanjorski duties to server our area. He has not posted it on the internet he proved it with actions. How can a freshmen congressman honestly promise to protect our vets as well as Paul had done?
All of the veteran’s positions Lou Barletta writes of here are indeed great positions to have. I only wish his colleagues on the right side of the house would agree with him.
Kanjo keeps up the attack on Barletta in his latest TV spot
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