Davenport, IA – Congressman Dave Loebsack today joined former Senator Jim Webb and Iowa veterans, including Davenport Veteran Arthur Heyderman, to highlight the work he has done on behalf of veterans and their families. During the event, they also released a response to a survey sponsored by Your Candidates – Your Health that Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks filled out. In the survey Dr. Miller-Meeks supported putting other budget items ahead of funding for the Veterans Administration, saying they “take precedence”. A screen shot of the Your Candidates – Your Health survey can be found here.
“As a fellow veteran, I find it unconscionable that Dave’s opponent, Dr. Miller-Meeks, would oppose increasing funding for the Veterans Administration. That is isn’t the leadership our country needs,” said Davenport Veteran Arthur Heyderman. “Dave is the one person in this race who will do what it takes to serve those who have served our country.”
“Dave and I are both parents of children who have served in the Marines. We know that we must care for our veterans with the same dignity and honor with which they served. Whether it is cleaning up the VA, helping vets get the training they need to get a job when they return home or making sure they have proper mental health care to deal with the invisible wounds, Dave is someone who we can trust to make the best decisions for our veterans,” said former Senator Jim Webb.
“I am grateful that former Senator Jim Webb has taken the time to stand alongside me and support my efforts on behalf of our veterans,” said Congressman Dave Loebsack. “We know and respect Senator Webb for having personally authored the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the most important veterans legislation since World War Two. He also was one of the most highly decorated Marines of the Vietnam War, receiving among other decorations the Navy Cross, second only to the Medal of Honor, served as Assistant Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Navy, and like myself is the father of a Marine who fought as an infantry combatant in Iraq.”
Loebsack continued, “I strongly believe that we owe our servicemembers and veterans a debt of gratitude for their service and sacrifice. That is why I have fought to expand educational opportunities, helped them get the training they need to get a job, worked to get the medals they earned, and pushed to clean up the VA. We must provide them with all the tools they need to succeed both when they are sent overseas to fight and when they return home. Our country has a moral responsibility to care for our troops and veterans,”
A full copy of Dr. Miller-Meeks’ Your Candidate – Your Health survey can be found here.