Elections 2012

Posted: July 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

The 2012 Presidential and Congressional elections are fast approaching and once again veterans are in the spotlight. Recent poll information shows that veterans are a strong voting bloc and make up about 13% of the U.S. population. Candidates for the Presidency and the House and Senate know this and are crisscrossing the country with their messages at Town Hall Meetings and other veteran-related forums. Attending these meetings is important to finding out where the candidates stand on the priority goals of member organizations of The Military Coalition. It is time to ask the tough questions about what the candidates are going to do for veterans, service members and their families if they are elected or re-elected.
One factor is deciding who to support in the upcoming elections is to know how current legislators voted on veterans' legislation that passed their respective chambers. At http://capwiz.com/vfw/keyvotes.xc/?lvl=C can be found a roll call registry to determine this. As in the past, several votes were taken by unanimous consent/voice vote, so individual votes were not recorded and do not appear in the roll call registry. In addition, a number of important veteran related bills have been introduced and are awaiting committee action. One list of such bills can be found at http://capwiz.com/vfw/issues/bills/. Reviewing this list prior to attending Town Hall Meetings and other veteran-related forums could be useful in forming questions to the candidates on how they support or would vote on these issues. For information on hosting or attending a Town Hall Meeting, or registering to vote, take a look at VFW’s veterans vote brochure at http://www.vfw.org/uploadedFiles/Veterans%20Vot %20Brochure.pdf . For a state-by-state election guide, go to http://vfw.capwiz.com/election/register_vote. And for a copy of VFW's, go to http://www.vfw.org/uploadedFiles/VFW.org/VFW_in_DC/2012%20Priority%20Goals%20Brochure.PDF. [VFW Washington Weekly 8 Jun 2012 ++]


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