Record Number of Veterans Back Home, Many Running for Office
Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 8, 2012 - The population of recent combat veterans in the U.S. is higher than at any time since the Vietnam era.
It should not be surprising that there seem to be an unprecedented number of veterans running for local and state offices this election cycle. Current candidates include Illinois congressional candidate and Iraqi vet Tammy Duckworth, California's Republican nominee for the 53rd Congressional District and Iraqi vet Nick Popaditch, and Iraqi vet and Arizona State House candidate Mark Cardenas.
Meanwhile, the number of service people who hold public office continues to decline. Close to 90 percent of the members of the U.S. House and Senate were military members in 1969; currently, according the Congressional Research Service, only 20 percent of members serve, or have served in the military. The presence of post-military politicians peaked in the postwar era; by the end of the Second World War, there were roughly 16 million service people who "came home" to serve, a move which also included running for political offices.
"Working in public office is just another way these men and women are serving their country," stated veterans' lawyer James Fausone.
The push to get more veterans into public office is headed up by Veterans Campaign, a non-partisan organization working to train veterans to run for public office. Their stated goal includes supporting and encouraging veterans by running workshops, lectures and research to demystify the campaign process. Veterans Campaign supports veterans as valuable and electable leaders, possessing exemplary leadership backgrounds, the ability to work with many different types of people, and a depth of understanding the bureaucratic steps and tangles so familiar to anyone working with foreign policy affairs and government systems.
According to a Harvard study cited by Veterans Campaign, Americans are becoming more confident in military personnel; with currently, 82 percent of U.S. citizens reporting confidence in the members of the armed forces. Younger Americans, ages 18 to 25, also report they believe U.S. politics is excessively partisan. According to Veterans Campaign, this dissatisfaction with the current atmosphere creates an opportune time to help veterans continue to serve their country, this time in office.
James G. Fausone is a Veterans disability attorney and Veterans attorney with Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC. To learn more or to contact a Veterans disability attorney or Veterans attorney call 1.800.693.4800 or visit http://www.legalhelpforveterans.com.
Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC
41700 West Six Mile Road, Suite 101
Northville, MI 48168
Toll Free Phone: 800.693.4800
- U.S. Senate Calls for Release of Michigan Veteran Amir Hekmati from Iran
It has almost been one year since we last posted on Amir Hekmati, a Marine Veteran and Flint, MI resident, when he was approaching 1,000 days of imprisonment in Iran. Now, nearly 365 days later, Hekmati remains in captivity. The U.S. Senate called on Iran to immediately release the Marine veteran in a unanimously passed [...]
- VFW, DAV File Joint Lawsuit Against the VA
Kristina Derro Veteran Advocate The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) filed a join lawsuit on May 6 against the VA to force it to change its submission procedure for new claims. The procedure, says the VFW, was created solely to benefit the VA and not veterans. The primary issue [...]
- Veterans in State-Run Long Term Care Facilities Targeted by Legislature
Daniel J. Williams, Esq. In August of 2014, the Michigan Court of Appeals found that the governmental immunity protections provided in M.C.L. §691.1407(1) did not apply to state-run veterans homes, where the underlying claim was sounded from the medical care or medical treatment of the moving party Estate of Andrew Ball v. Grand Rapids Home [...]
See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: attorney for veterans, lawyer for veterans, veteran attorney, veteran attorneys, veteran benefits attorney, veteran disability lawyer, veterans attorney, Veterans disability attorney