Archive for the ‘Veterans’ Category

Tennessee Veterans Oppose Governor’s Move to Take Away Veterans’ Rights

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Halsam’s “TEAM” Act Would Eliminate Veterans’ Preference for State Workers

Governor Bill Haslam’s stealthy effort to eliminate veterans’ preference for state hires looks poised to hit a very public stumbling block — Tennessee veterans.

Haslam’s TEAM Act would eliminate civil service rules, such as veterans’ preference, that protect taxpayers from political patronage, a corrupted [...]

Rep. Mike Turner Fighting Republican Plan to Eliminate Veterans’ Preference

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner stood up for Tennessee veterans and their families Tuesday defending the state’s “veterans’ preference” hiring policy.

Governor Bill Haslam and Republicans are proposing to eliminate preference given to military veterans and spouses of deceased and disabled veterans with a change to state personnel rules.

Haslam’s “TEAM Act,” sponsored [...]

Tenn. Rep. Stewart Responds to Mitt Romney’s Plan to Voucherize Veterans’ Health Care

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

NASHVILLE – In response to Mitt Romney’s dangerous plan to voucherize our veterans’ health care, Tennessee State Rep. Mike Stewart, a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, released the following statement today ahead of Romney’s fundraiser in Knoxville:

“Veterans’ healthcare is the moral responsibility of the American people. [...]

Honoring Our Veterans

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Today, in communities across Tennessee, we honor the courage and sacrifice of the many brave servicemen and women who have given so much to their country and fought to ensure that America continues to enjoy the freedoms and opportunities that make our nation great.

We owe each and every one of America’s veterans our eternal [...]

Congressman Cohen Commemorates Veterans Day

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Congressman Steve Cohen issued today the following statement commemorating Veterans Day, which is celebrated tomorrow, November 11:

“Since the Armistice at the end of World War I, November 11th has been set aside as a day to commemorate those men and women, both living and dead, whose service in uniform has given irrefutable testimony to their loyalty, [...]

Memorial Day Statement: Honor Our Heroes By Ending Afghan War

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Chip Forrester, Chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party, issued the following statement in commemoration of Memorial Day Weekend:

As we pay respects to those who have died in pursuit of preserving this great nation — from the Revolution to the Civil War and forward — let us honor these fallen soldiers and their heroic efforts to protect freedom by resolving to end the war in Afghanistan.

With the killing of Osama bin Laden fresh in our minds, there is no better tribute to the 1,500 soldiers slain over the last decade in Afghanistan than to hasten President Barack Obama’s troop withdrawal plan and start bringing home those legions of brave men and women.

We should never forget the sacrifices of our American servicemen and women. This Memorial Day, we should honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice by remembering and supporting fully the new generation of warriors and veterans who have served this country fighting for the same cause.

BACKGROUND

The Hill: U.S. House narrowly defeats effort to scale down Afghan war in close 204-215 vote. [The Hill, 5/26/11]

Bipartisan Tennessee delegation, consisting of Democratic Reps. Jim Cooper, Steve Cohen and Republican Rep. Jimmy Duncan, vote to end Afghan war. [U.S. House Clerk roll call, 5/26/11]