Republicans launched a preemptive strike against President Obama’s planned launch of his effort to woo military voters, claiming that the Democrat’s administration has failed to meet the needs of veterans.
In a conference call organized by the Republican National Committee, Anthony Principi, secretary of Veterans Affairs under President George W. Bush, and Virginia Rep. Randy Forbes said that the troops returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are struggling to find jobs and waiting too long to receive disability claims as well as mental health services related to post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.
“There is absolutely no matrix, no calculation you could use, that would lead you to believe that Obama’s policies have not failed veterans and military families,” Mr. Forbes said.
The Obama campaign plans to launch its Veterans and Military Families outreach program on Thursday.
“Our country can’t go backwards, but that’s exactly what Mitt Romney promises America’s veterans,” the news release read.
The New York Times reported last month that 870,000 veterans are awaiting claims from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Mr. Principi and Mr. Forbes claimed that Mr. Romney, who is campaigning in Florida, would invest the resources necessary to speed up the claims and strengthen the VA.
“You listen to veterans talk today; they are very concerned that this president just hasn’t been putting a priority on the national defense or on our veterans,” Mr. Forbes said.