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Where does Tillis stand on Senator Burr's disgraceful smear of veterans?

 ·, Press Release

Zebulon, NC – A Vietnam veteran from North Carolina is today demanding State House Speaker Thom Tillis tell the people of the state whether or not he agrees with Senator Richard Burr’s controversial letter, which smeared veterans’ organizations as being not interested in the welfare of our nation’s veterans.  

“Senator Burr personally attacked me, and countless other veterans, who have organized to help take care of our own, and he needs to apologize for that,” said James Becker, of Zebulon NC, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans – two of the groups that Senator Burr attacked.  “But, where’s Thom Tillis stand on this?  If he wants to be our next Senator, he’s going to have to make clear to me and other veterans – does he stand with Senator Burr, or does he stand with us?  He can’t have it both ways.” 

Senator Burr used Memorial Day weekend to post an open letter to veterans, in which he smeared practically every veterans service organization that testified in front of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, for not calling for the resignation of Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.  The veterans groups fired back, with Paralyzed Veterans of America saying, “You clearly represent the worst politics in this country.”  Burr has not apologized. 

“I just feel like if you want to be our next Senator, you ought to tell us what you think about what one of our current Senators is saying and doing,” added Becker.  “I would hope Thom Tillis would stand with North Carolina veterans and say that Senator Burr acted wrongly and should apologize to veterans like me.” 

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