Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy (US Army, Retired), the first woman to achieve the rank of three-star general in the U.S. Army and co-chair of the DNC’s Veterans and Military Families Council, released the following statement in reaction to Mitt Romney’s plan to privatize veterans’ health care benefits:
“Mitt Romney’s proposal to privatize our veterans’ health care is the same, sorry song and dance that we’ve heard from him before. Just as he would privatize Medicare, his announcement that he would privatize veterans’ health care, changing it into a voucher program, pulls the rug out from our veterans. He would cut ties with our veterans and leave them to fend for themselves on the private insurance market. But, our service members deserve better.
“President Obama has made a priority of providing for our veterans because he believes the sacrifices that our service members have made for this country are great and that our obligation to them should measure up to that sacrifice. He understands that our commitment to the men and women who serve their country doesn’t end when their service is up. President Obama has made investments to better treat those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, and he’s proposed a plan to deal with high unemployment among post-911 veterans, offering tax credits for unemployed veterans and for employers who hire disabled veterans.
"But, on Veterans Day of all days, Mitt Romney made clear he would neglect that commitment to our nations veterans - proving yet again that he is out of touch with ordinary Americans and that he doesn't have what it takes to be commander-in-chief."