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The 2012 Presidential Candidates

This Memorial Day, millions of Americans will be saluting the many sacrifices our troops have made to secure our freedom. But our soldiers need more. Many are underserved medically and financially as VA budgets continue to be cut in Washington, D.C.

As candidates, you’re in a position to give our troops support this weekend and beyond. Too often the campaign trail devolves into patronizing applause for men and women who have served, without addressing their daily concerns. Show real respect for our troops and our democracy by providing a robust, aggressive veteran-specific platform that invests in our soldiers as citizens. Show our servicemen and women that they’re remembered every day.

Signed,

Jessica Dahl

This petition closed almost 3 years ago

How this will help

Veteran unemployment is at 13%. The soldier suicide rate has skyrocketed. Money that was once provided for service members and their families is being diverted to fund higher weapons spending.

Our...

Veteran unemployment is at 13%. The soldier suicide rate has skyrocketed. Money that was once provided for service members and their families is being diverted to fund higher weapons spending.

Our soldiers are facing very real issues. And it's time these issues are addressed.

But too often politicians put the concerns of our troops to the sidelines in favor of patriotic speeches that praise our soldiers while offering nothing to help them. The uniform should symbolize more than a photo op on the campaign trail.

This Memorial Day, let’s remind politicians that they need to take up the issues of our armed forces. Tell them to commit to small business loans for vet entrepreneurs. Make them push to improve the VA hospitals to help soldiers deal with their postwar physical and psychological needs. Have them fight to protect VA funding and the Post-9/11 GI Bill from budget cuts.

In this big election year, our presidential candidates need to hear this message the most. Sign the petition and tell them that our troops are too important not to be presented with actual platforms for their issues. This is the weekend to start giving soldiers the support they really need.

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