I want to know what your thoughts are on this!

Last night I went thru the US House & Senate Veterans Affairs Committie Sites. I do this 3-4 times a week! From NC, We have G.K. Butterfield,Robin Hayes, Walt Jones & Mike McIntyre serving on committiee. And of course you know of LizzyBeth Dole & Burr are in the Senate.Chuckie Taylor in Congress.

NOW!, My question to you is this! Should a person serving in goverment at that level, be allowed to Serve on Veterans & Military Committies if they are NON-VETERANS?

I want to see how all of you feel about this so that is why I am asking for your comments. SHOULD A PERSON,A NON-VET, BE ALLOWED TO MAKE THE VERY IMPORTANT DECISIONS THAT AFFECT OUR VETERANS AND MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY? Better Yet, CAN A PERSON ,WHOSE ONLY EXPOUSURE TO THE ACT OF WAR AND VETERANS PROBLEMS HAS BEEN THRU WATCHING THE TV REALLY BE OBJECTIVE TOWARDS THESE DECISIONS THAT AFFECT MILLIONS?

Here is another question for you also. Will, the REAL veteran out of the group above please stand up! WHO, Would it be? Give it your best guess! OK,OK, I'll help you with it. The real Veteran from the group above is non -other than...................G.K.Butterfield!

I did my homework and checked it out good and G.K. was a US Army Personnel Specialist in Vietnam from 1968-1970! For the history buffs out there if you will remember ,1968 & 1969 were actually the 2 years involving the heavest fighting, starting with The 1968 Tet Offensive and the not so famous carry over of it for what is known as Tet 69.

Now, I'm still not letting you all off the hook on this issue! I want to know your thoughts! Do you feel the others should be allowed on the Veterans & Military committiees??? Dan

Comments

Good question

My gut reaction is that veterans should be preferred for these positions, but that's based on my assumption that veterans will make better decisions for veterans. The thing is, when you're talking about Congress, even the members who are veterans are other things as well. That is, most of the people in the US Congress have served in various government offices and/or community groups and/or corporate boards. The fact that they're veterans is a part of who they are, but I wouldn't take it as an absolute sign that they'll do the right thing by other veterans. I can think of a few examples (I won't name them, but I'm sure you can guess) of people who are members of a group and who have chosen to use their exposure to damage that group.

By the same token, you might have a representative whose life never lead her into the military, but who is well-informed on veterans issues and determined to represent the veterans in her district and in the US with fervor and grit.

So I guess I'm saying that my gut reaction to your question is "no," but on further reflection I think it might be a mistake to set up a hard-and-fast rule that keeps non-veterans from doing that service. What do you think?

While I think Vets should have a strong

presence, I also think there are representatives that may be from districts with a heavy military presence or with a spouse or parent who is a vet and these people will have a working knowledge and sympathy for Veterans issues. I do not think veterans are the only people who can make sound decisions for veterans. I do think, though that they should have a presence.



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Lance old fellow, We seem to be thinking alike!

I also feel that there are many advantages to haveing someone who is a non-vet serving on the committiee. In this way ,one would be able to get thoughts on the issues from both sides of the fence. And , I hope no one misunderstands what we are saying here. Just being a vet does not make one person better than the other. Although a actual combat vet might have a bit different view of thing's.

What I am going for is how our honorable group feels so I can be able to make a well informed awnser the next time I get broadsided with this question again like I did over the weekend. Of course ,I gave the person basically the same reply as my statement above.

I guess , My Personal thoughts on the subject would be more in line with the following statement. I think that the time is upon us where we need re-alignment of the committies. In other words, for each member who is a vet there should also be a non-vet.

If the Chairman is a vet then have a non-vet from the opposite party as Ranking member.

Also make it fair gender wise. If you have 10 men on one side of the table then have 10 ladies on the other.

Right now ,I just feel that the veterans & Armed Services committies have devolped tunnel vision when it comes down to the issues at hand. Of course ont threesome I would like to see is a combination of Butterfield,Shuler, Kissler & Snowden of Mich.

Great Point Southern Dem.....

You go girl! These are the awnsers Im looking for!!! This has been a rather confuseing subject for me to try to awnser folks on for a while now. Great input! Thanks Much! I have to be in the vets office this afternoon so if I get hit with the question again I will be prepared! Thanks! Dan

I'm with Lance on this.

You would think political leaders would have the sense to try to get informed, experienced people in key positions like these. But that's probably asking too much.

And since we're dreaming here, I'd rather have a law that says you cannot vote to send people into armed conflict unless you've worn a uniform yourself. That would keep us out of war for a good long while.

Anglico, I will fix out the .......

resolution if you will find us some Senator or Congressman/woman that will introduce it to the floor to be heard! HUUMMMMMM! Ya know something, I may of asked the thought provokeing question here but dang! If it dont appear we are all in one great big mass agreement!!!
Dan