Of course, John's campaign lists many things he has done for veterans. In fact, before the democrats had to turn on him for political purposes, they used to acknowledge the fact that McCain was squarely for the veterans of our country.
John McCain's Many proposals for a GI Bill:
John explained his opposition to Webb's bill, which in fact does little for the GIs that work hardest for our country, and instead encourages them to quit early, which will harm the morale of those troops who decide to stay longer in service to the country. As covered by ABC news:
But I have one responsibility that outweighs all the others and that is to use whatever talents I possess and every resource God has granted me to protect the security of this great and good nation from all enemies foreign and domestic," McCain said in a Memorial Day remembrance speech in Albuquerque, NM.
McCain praised Virginia Democrat Sen. Jim Webb, the primary author of the bill that passed the Senate last week, as an "honorable man who takes his responsibility to veterans very seriously," but disagreed with Webb's plan, which provides education benefits to members of the military after just one enlistment in the service.
McCain's plan would offer more benefits to soldiers who have served longer terms.
"It is important to do that because, otherwise, we will encourage more people to leave the military after they have completed one enlistment," McCain said.
McCain's plan would also provide benefits accrued by soldiers to be transferred to spouses and dependents.
McCain, the soon-to-be Republican nominee, seemed to argue that the potential for military attrition, due even to a well-meaning GI bill, was something he had to fight against.
"It would be easier, much easier, politically for me to have joined Senator Webb in offering his legislation," McCain said.
When a Presidential candidate known for his strong unwavering support for our military and our veterans rejects the politically easy vote, you can be sure it's because he knows his bill is better for our veterans.
The only reason Webb can't support McCain's bill is because he is a member of a party that needs to end the war in Iraq, even when we are winning, but has no political muscle to vote for what they want. So instead they must do things like enact a so-called GI bill which is meant more to thin the ranks of the military, and especially of the experienced soldiers that are so important to the current success in Iraq.
It's a shame when our military is abused for political gain. Webb should know better, but he is so beholden to his anti-Iraq-war position that he cannot do the right thing for the fine members of the military, who have been begging for a GI bill which allows for portability.
Here's hoping there are enough Republicans with the courage of John McCain to sustain the veto Bush is certain to invoke, so that the Democrats are forced to allow McCain's bill to be voted on -- because if will certainly pass once the Democratic leadership allows it's members to vote their conscience.