DeMint lacks compassion for veterans

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On Veterans Day, I was shocked and angered to read in a military
newspaper that Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) had voted against the Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
DeMint’s criticism was directed at the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warriors section that would give tax credits of $2,400 to $9,600 to employers for hiring unemployed veterans.
DeMint was the only one to say no in a 94-1 vote. DeMint was quoted as saying, “I cannot support this tax credit because I do not believe the government should privilege one American over another when it comes to work.”
As a veteran, I am appalled at this man’s illogical and irrational excuse for voting against the amendment.
Mr. DeMint, get real. This amendment had full bipartisan support and your lame reason for voting against veterans doesn’t cut it.
By his shameful no vote, DeMint has shown that he does not appreciate military service and the sacrifices vets have made for our nation.
While many served during the Vietnam War Era, DeMint chose not to.
His thoughtless action indicates a lack of compassion and understanding of veterans issues and will be duly noted by the 350,000 vets living in South Carolina.
We veterans will not forget this insult and will show DeMint our gratitude for his government service at the next election.

Norm Zimmer
Indian Land