The following message posted in the American Legion magazine obscures the facts about John McCain, under whose watch the worst scandal in the history of the VA occurred a stone‘s throw from his lavish Phoenix penthouse — resulting in prolonged suffering and needless deaths of veterans due to obscenely long wait times for medical care. This is the same John McCain who has intentionally withheld information and permanently sealed the files on American MIAs and POWs from the Vietnam War, denying access to families who have waited decades for information concerning their loved ones. John McCain? Yes, he’s the one who repeatedly voted against benefits for veterans, and aid for our troops.
It’s one thing to send best wishes under dire circumstances. It’s quite another to mislead and purposely misconstrue facts.
American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt — just replaced in an Aug. 24, election by the organization’s first female commander — sent the following message to Sen. John McCain, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer:
Dear Sen. McCain,
From your service as a Naval officer to your career in the Senate, you have always been a fighter. You fought a brutal enemy to keep faith with your fellow POWs, you fought for veterans and you fought for a strong national defense. On behalf of 2 million American Legionnaires, we pray for your recovery and well-being. Keep on fighting, Sen. McCain. America needs you
Charles E. Schmidt
Vote Smart lists John McCain’s senate votes on the issues of Military Personnel (2 pages) and Veterans. Pay particular attention to the legislation that passed despite McCain’s negative votes, or not voting at all.
Now that he’s relieved of his official duties, Commander Schmidt should take a few minutes to acquaint himself with the facts according to former POWs who were imprisoned with McCain and members and staffers of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which McCain chairs