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I doubt that this will convince voters that Republicans are not the party that “supports the troops” as they so often claim, but it should.

After being told that the bill was too expensive, Senator Bernie Sanders responded correctly:

“If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, then don’t go to war,” Senator Bernie Sanders, the chairman of the Committee on Veterans Affairs, said on CNN shortly before the vote. Sanders proposed paying for the bill with savings from the drawdown in Iraq and Afghanistan; the expenditures amounted to less than 2 percent of those savings, and would have directly benefitted the soldiers who fought those wars. (Which, incidentally, themselves added $2 trillion to the debt.) Furthermore, according to an updated score from the Congressional Budget Office, the bill would actually have decreased the deficit by $1.34 billion over the next decade.

“I think we should be very, very clear that the cost of war does not end once the last shots are fired and the last battles are fought. When members of the military lose arms, legs, eyesight, come back with PTSD or TBI, after fighting in wars that Congress authorizes, we have a moral obligation to make sure that those veterans receive all of the benefits that they have earned and deserve,” Sanders said on the floor.

The Atlantic poses the question “Has Obama Turned A Generation Of Voters Into Lifelong Democrats?”

In the aftermath of Obama’s reelection, Republican pollsters and prognosticators struggled to explainmag-article-large how they got the election so wrong. Many of their erroneous projections were predicated on an electorate comprising roughly equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans. They were shocked when more voters told exit pollsters that they identified as Democrats than Republicans, by a 6?point margin—on par with 2008, which the GOP had considered an aberration. The numerous GOP strategists who explained Obama’s reelection by talking about his campaign’s “turnout” capability were making the same implicit assumption, Stoker points out. “After the election, instead of saying, ‘Oh no, there are more of them, we’re in trouble,’ they continued to believe there were the same number of people out there in each party, but [the Democrats] got theirs to vote,” she said. “I just don’t think it’s true. There is some sign that Democrats have become a clear plurality in the electorate versus Republicans, something that hasn’t been the case since 1980.”

There’s a saying that a young person who isn’t a liberal has no heart, and an old person who isn’t a conservative has no brain. Republicans may be tempted to take solace in the idea that young, liberal voters will sooner or later grow up, but they should resist that fantasy. Paul Ryan, it turns out, had it exactly backward: those Obama posters may fade, but partisan loyalties are durable.

Let’s celebrate by paraphrasing Waylon Jennings, Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys (Republicans).  His impression of Willie Nelson in this video is worth watching.


From Mike Evans, Chair, Missouri Veterans for Obama:

Missouri Veterans for Obama is currently looking for Democratic Veterans, Military Family Members and Active Duty supporters to join their statewide efforts! So, if you’re a Veteran or Military Family Member or Active Duty, please respond to this email . We are putting together a team for a roll-out in the next few weeks, as well as, a state-wide tour to kick-off our efforts!

There are over 500,000 Veterans in the state of Missouri, not counting Family Members and Active Duty… Let’s get them behind the candidate that has proven his dedication to Veterans by expanding Veterans Rural Heath Care, creating the Veteran Job Corps and FULLY funding the VA for the first time In 30 YEARS!

You can also follow us on twitter: @movetsforobama

Victory in 2012!
Mike Evans
U.S. Army Veteran

This Saturday, January 28th, St. Lous is hosting a parade to thank our American servicemen and women for the sacrifices they and their families have endured for the last nine years. This is the first parade of this nature in the entire country. This is a great example of what grassroots organizing can do. This parade has been organized by individuals utilizing facebook, twitter and other social media. Read the story here:

Rachel Maddow just covered this event last night on MSNBC, and the story is going viral.

“The Super Bowl doesn’t happen until two weekends from now—you wanna know what happens next weekend? St. Louis happens,” explained Rachel Maddow on her MSNBC program last night. “St. Louis, Missouri is set to be the first city in the United States to host a welcome home parade for veterans of the Iraq War.”

The parade will start at noon on Saturday, January 28th, at Kiener Plaza in front of the historic Old Courthouse and head west to end at Saint Louis Union Station.

There will be a Veteran’s Resource Village with 100 Veteran organizations tabling located at the end of the parade route at the St. Louis Union Station.

To help volunteer or for more information please visit: or call Craig Schneider at 636-262-3772.


Friday Nov. 11 is Veterans Day and we would like to take a moment to thank all of the Veterans, past and present, who have sacrificed so much on our behalf. Your efforts represent a debt that cannot easily be repaid, if at all.

Let’s not forget those still in harm’s way, or who have been injured and are fighting to recover. A special thanks to all the families supporting each and every servicemember – you are “veterans” as well. Thank you.

Please take a moment to watch this video tribute to those who have given so much for their country.

Although the default rate for VA backed mortgages is well below the national rate for prime loans, in todays economy veterans might find themselves behind in payments. The VA has prepared a quick reference guide to avoid foreclosure and guide veterans to available resources. This assistance is available to any veteran. The VA suggests that any veteran who may be encountering a problem making their mortgage payments speak with their lending institution to explore their options. Depending on the specific situation there are several options that will avoid foreclosure. Some of the options available are:

1) Alternate repayment plan

2) Special forbearance

3) Loan modification

4) Additional time to arrange a sale

5) Short sale

6) Deed in lieu of foreclosure

7) Plus other options that the VA has available

The above options plus other solutions are explained in greater detail in the VA reference guide “Veterans Borrowers in Delinquency Quick Reference Sheet”.


Across the country, there are many benefit programs that many veterans are often unaware they could be taking advantage of. One of the first persons to contact will be your contact your local Veterans’ Services Officer (VSO). The VSO usually has an office in City Hall or other municipal building. The VSO can be a tremendous advocate in educating veterans about available options and assisting them in applying for assistance. To expedite your initial entry into the veterans’ benefits process, you will need your DD214 or other discharge certificate. You can also learn more about veterans’ benefits by visiting the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Veterans Benefits website at

To learn more about your state’s veteran benefits, visit the State Veteran’s Benefits Directory

Your VSO for Franklin County is Mary Kientzy.  Her office is located at the County Government Center, 400 East Locust, Room 205.  She is not there every day so it would be best if you call first (636-584-6211) or email at


VA benefits checks will soon be a thing of the past. The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently announced that as of May 1, anyone applying for Social Security, VA or other federal benefits will need to choose an electronic payment method because paper checks will no longer be an option. Additionally, people currently receiving federal benefits by check, including payments from the VA, must switch to direct deposit by March 1, 2013. Information about the change in the delivery of benefit payments, as well as application procedures, are posted on the federal Go Direct website. Assistance is also being offered by the U.S. Treasury Electronic Payment Solution Center for free at (800) 333-1799.

In addition to this ,the Department of Veterans Affairs (through the Treasury Department) will offer beneficiaries without bank accounts the option to enroll in the Direct Express debit card program with Commercial Bank. Direct Express payments will be directly deposited into that account and made accessible through a debit card. Personal funds cannot be transferred into this account as it can only be used to receive Federal benefits. Direct Express cardholders have 24/7 access to their money at automated teller machines and are able to make purchases at any retailer that accepts MasterCard.

The Small Business Administration has a program called “Patriot Express” which is designed to offer special loan guarantees to small businesses owned by veterans, reservists, and their spouses. As you are aware many federal programs have been cut in recent months but the SBA recently announced that this particular program has been extended for 3 years.

These loans can be used for most business purposes including start-up, expansion, equipment purposes, working capital, inventory or business related real estate purposes. Patriot Express loans are available up to $500,000 and are offered by the SBA’s network of participating lenders and have a fast turn-around time for loan approval.

Patriot Express loans feature the SBA’s lowest interest rates for business loans, generally 2.25 percent to 4.75 percent over prime depending upon the size and maturity of the loan.  Your local SBA district office will have a listing of Patriot Express lenders in your area.

For more information on SBA loans you can go to the SBA website

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