Bette Jean Biedrzycki
2016-2017 National Legislative Ambassador
Legislative: We Are the Party of the Veteran
The election is three weeks away. We have all seen, heard and been bombarded by debates, sounds bytes and advertisements telling us to vote for one candidate and not the other, telling us that one candidate is bad and the other is good. Don’t rely on these methods alone to make your decision. Be an informed voter and do your homework before you head to the polls on Tuesday, November 8:
- Have you attended town hall meetings?
- Have you read your newspapers, magazines and/or blogs to form your own ideas about each candidate?
- Are you aware of local issues that directly affect active-duty military and/or veterans in your community?
- Do you know who is in the running for each national office from your state?
- Senators and members of the House of Representatives are the most important when it comes to who makes decisions that affect issues such as sequestration. Examine their policy papers and see what their views are on matters affecting active-duty and retired members of the military.
- Each state has an armed forces committee (it might not be called that in your state) that plays a huge role in policy and issues such as bonus payments for returning military.)
- Do you know the candidate stances on “hot button” issues such as the Veterans Administration?
In addition to casting your vote, below are several things you can do to show patriotism on Election Day:
- Fly the American Flag. Nothing shows the American spirit like this gesture.
- When you go to the polls, wear your “I Support Veterans Issues and I Vote” button.
- Offer to drive those who are home-bound or without transportation to the polls so they may cast their vote.
Remember we are not Republicans, Democrats or Independents. We are members of the party of the veteran and should cast our ballot accordingly. Show your Unwavering Support for Uncommon Heroes™ by casting your ballot for those who share this sentiment.