Letter: Ayotte fights for veterans
As a 32-year veteran and retired Navy captain, I can personally say that Sen. Kelly Ayotte is a strong voice for our nation’s veterans.
I have spoken with Ayotte on numerous occasions regarding veterans’ issues. I have found that as the wife and granddaughter of veterans, she personally understands the challenges veterans face. I have seen her stand up for veterans time after time in the Senate.
Last year, she was the only member of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation to vote against Sen. Harry Reid’s budget deal that cut pensions for military retirees. What made that law even worse is that the cuts were directed at those currently serving in the military, while federal civilian employees, such as the House and Senate staffers drafting the legislation, were exempted from similar cuts to their retirement pay. She led the fight to fix the pension cut.
When the recent VA scandal broke, she was the first member of the New Hampshire delegation to call for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation. More importantly, she realized that the VA suffers from deep-rooted problems that will require significant management reforms to fully address.
Ayotte also backed the VA Accountability Act, which would allow the senior level bureaucrats responsible for the current wait-list falsification scandal to be fired.
Veterans can count on Ayotte to be our voice in Washington. She has a consistent track record of fighting for those who fought for our country.
ROBERT J. KASPER Jr.