Drive into Norfolk, Virginia, and you're greeted by the sight of an enormous naval fleet in the harbor—a visual reminder that this state has a proud military history and is home to more than 800,000 veterans. Paula Miller, who represented Norfolk in the Virginia House of Delegates, explains Mitt Romney's record on veterans' issues as governor of Massachusetts, and what his record and his policies would mean for veterans across the country:
"Having Romney in the White House would only add to the uncertainty for Virginia’s veterans and military families. As governor of Massachusetts, Romney tried to balance the budget on the backs of veterans and their families by cutting funding for veterans’ benefits while proposing increased fees on long-term care for our veterans. He even vetoed $2.1 million of support for Massachusetts veterans and attempted to downsize the Department of Veterans Affairs.
"Whether it’s his time as a corporate buyout specialist or as governor of Massachusetts or the policies he is supporting for the future, Romney would leave the hardworking folks of Virginia behind."