Dear Editor:

 If you are a veteran, or you have a family member who is a veteran, this should be of great concern to you. Your VA Healthcare benefits are in jeopardy under a Mitt Romney administration.  

 Last year on Veteran’s Day, Romney met with a group of veterans in Mauldin, S.C., where he promised to turn VA Healthcare benefits into a voucher system. That means you get a voucher and hope it is enough to buy insurance in the private sector. 

 Romney’s stump speech always includes a promise to repeal Obamacare. If that happens, then insurance companies will no longer be required to cover pre-existing conditions. So when you take your voucher to buy your new private insurance, you will be told that Agent Orange, traumatic brain injury, PTSD and any other wounds you incurred in battle, are pre-existing conditions. The healthcare you earned putting your life on the line for your country will be gone, compliments of Mr. Romney.

 The reason Romney has no empathy for you and the sacrifices you made in combat is because he received four draft deferments during the height of the Vietnam War so he could recruit members for the Mormon Church. While men were dying by the thousands in Vietnam, Romney was strolling the streets of Paris, France.

 Following Romney’s lead, the Republicans in Congress blocked President Obama’s Veteran’s Job Bill last week, and a few days later the Senate Republicans blocked a cost-of-living adjustment for disabled veterans. This is shameful.     

 While Romney degrades our military personnel and disabled veterans, referring to them as part of the 47 percent, a group he thinks doesn’t take responsibility for their lives, the president remains a tireless advocate for veterans and our military personnel. 

 President Obama has promised, even in a time of fiscal restraint, that veterans’ benefits will not be cut. He recently added 800 VA counselors to help deal with the increasing suicide crisis of returning veterans. President Obama understands that veterans’ healthcare is not an entitlement, but a benefit earned in combat.

 When Veteran’s Day 2012 arrives, let’s make sure veterans’ healthcare and benefits are safe. Vote for President Barack Obama.

 Sara Hoklotubbe

This story was posted on October 10, 2012.