Archive for Sunday, August 27, 2006

Veteran convoy supports Boyda

August 27, 2006


— Democratic congressional candidate Nancy Boyda emphasized veterans issues and treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder as Kansas veterans stopped in three cities Saturday.

"When our young soldiers look at the way we are treating our veterans, we're finding we're having trouble recruiting at a time when we need it most," Boyda said.

Many participants criticized Congress and Boyda's opponent, incumbent Jim Ryun.

"When it comes to ratings by the Disabled American Veterans, Nancy's opponent received a zero for legislation regarding veterans," said Randy Barnes, a Vietnam veteran who suffers from PTSD.

About 30 people attended the Leave No Veterans Behind Convoy in Topeka. The group also traveled to Manhattan and Leavenworth.

Boyda and Ryun are campaigning for the 2nd District seat, which includes west Lawrence.

Boyda presented information during a news conference saying that government compensation for PTSD was declining and that almost 10 percent of Vietnam veterans suffer from the disorder.

Ryun's chief of staff, Mark Kelly, released a statement Saturday titled "Veterans Funding that Jim Ryun supported." The statement mentioned his support for $41.4 billion in total mandatory veterans benefits and $25.4 billion for veterans medical care, which were both 11 percent increases from the previous year, for fiscal year 2007.

"Since 2001, the veterans medical care budget has increased by 69 percent; Jim Ryun voted for an amendment to the fiscal year 2007 Budget Act that increases veterans funding by $795 million every year for the next five years," the statement said.

Kelly's statement also emphasized that Ryun voted for the Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2007, which would block the defense department's proposed Tricare insurance fee increases for military retirees.

Participants in Saturday's convoy said it's also about being patriotic.

"I think we need to think about being Americans first and voting to get our country straightened out instead of letting it go on like it is," King said.

Staff writer George Diepenbrock contributed to this report.


Richard Heckler 11 years, 9 months ago

There are a lot of vets among the middleclass:

All Kansas republicans received an F as for their support of the middleclass. The chart is arranged alphabetically according to state.

That is not to say that all republicans received an F but probaly the greater majority.

drewdun 11 years, 9 months ago

Uhh, don't you know that veterans ALWAYS support Republicans? That all Republicans are glorious war heroes who love America and Jesus? If you don't support Republicans you probably hate America and Jesus.

Rhoen 11 years, 9 months ago

.. and "the children" ... we don't want none left behind

jcantspell 11 years, 9 months ago

Hi I cant spell. you would think that the people who have the most to lose... ..Upperclass Would give better support to the people have given the most......veterans

feefifofum 11 years, 9 months ago

Wow - could not the Democrats get more than 30 people to show up ?

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