Last Veteran's Day, Speaker of the House John Boehner wrote an impassioned letter to all veterans of our Armed Forces. I want you to read the entire piece:
To the veterans of our Armed Forces:Now that Veteran's Day is long gone and the House of Representatives has screwed over military retirees by passing a budget that cut military pensions, I wonder if John Boehner still feels like a grateful citizen.
I recently sat down to write a note to a servicemember from Cincinnati named Josh Hargis, known to many Americans for his 'salute seen around the world.' It happened last month after he was wounded during a suicide attack in Afghanistanâs Kandahar Province. Just as Josh was coming out of surgery - and presumed to be unconscious - his commanding officer arrived to deliver the Purple Heart. The Cincinnati Enquirer describes what happened next:
"As the Purple Heart presentation began, Hargis struggled to move his right hand and lift it into a saluting position. Military protocol calls for a soldier to salute when he receives the Purple Heart. A doctor tried to restrain his right arm. It was, alas, a losing battle."
"If you want to know the meaning of strong," his wife, Taylor, said, "it's an Army Ranger."
Stories like this - vivid as they are - lie beyond our true comprehension. Like Corporal Hargis, each of you answered the highest call. What had to be done, you did. We can't calculate the value of what it took. Even if we could, we would never be able to make you whole.
This leaves us to say what must be said. At parades, wreath-layings, and airport homecomings. At businesses that make vets feel like VIPs. We will say 'thank you' for being willing to do anything so we can have everything. We will pledge to do our work so that you can more easily find work and good care. And in the appointed moment of silence, we will pray for the friends you lost and the men and women we hope will return home to join your ranks.
To be part of this outpouring is to see plainly that you have not only preserved liberty. Because of you, our children know what it means to serve with honor and give back to one another. They know where to find the meaning of strong.
This is a job well done.
The letterhead may say '"Speaker," but consider these merely the sentiments of a grateful citizen. May God be good to you and yours, and may you always enjoy the fruits of your labor.
John A. Boehner
There is one way he might show the military community that he still cares. Of all the bills floating around both the Senate and the House, there is a single bill that has a chance of fixing this problem. It is HR 3790. It has already been forwarded to the House Armed Services Committee. It has bi-partisan support. It has no off-sets so neither party can claim that there is something ugly that they can't vote for. It is basically an up and down vote solely on military pensions.
If the Tea Party would care to complain because no off-set is included, my response is that Congress should have considered off-sets when declaring two wars.
I am asking you to help place some pressure on Speaker Boehner. If he truly is a grateful citizen, he will help mend a promise broken to thousands of veterans and bring forth HR 3790 for a vote on the floor of the House ASAP.
To contact Speaker Boehner you can try one or all of these methods:
Phone: (202) 225-0600
Fax: (202) 225-5117
Twitter: @SpeakerBoehner (include hashtags #grateful citizen #HR3790 #KeepYourPromise)
Thanks in advance for your help and support!