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Created: Fri Nov 17, 2006 at 10:46 PM CST
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Hillary Clinton Endorsement


by: llromo

Sun Feb 10, 2008 at 08:41 PM CST

Senator Hillary Clinton Endorsed by the
Texas Democratic Veterans Chairman and
DNC Veterans and Military Families Council Member Larry Romo

My Fellow Texas Democrats,

I respectfully request that you vote for Senator Hillary Clinton for President in our Texas Democratic Primary.  Senator Hillary Clinton is truly a champion our military, veterans and their family members.  She clearly has been in the forefront of opportunities to live out the American dream of success.  Many of these opportunities have come with joining the military either in the enlistment or officer ranks.    

Hillary Clinton has the necessary and seasoned experience and proven record to ensure we have a strong military but one that is prudent in the way we use our military.  National security, military and foreign policy issues have been key areas she has worked on.  She has a common sense approach to get us out of Iraq and will get other countries to help us out in the Middle East.  She can clearly contrast John McCain and his non-common sense approach to keep us in Iraq 50 to 100 more years. The United States will be well respected again with Hillary Clinton as our Commander-In-Chief.

Hillary Clinton has been a leader among leaders on the Senate Armed Services Committee.  She was recognized by the American Legion as "Unsung Hero" due to her leadership role in securing record funding for veteran's health care.  She has worked in a bi-partisan effort to enhance the military and veteran medical benefits, secured funding for veterans' hospitals, reductions in prescription drug prices for veterans and additional support for disabled veterans.  She helped create a health tracking system for all active duty personnel and reservists to ensure that they receive regular checkups.  She has expanded access to military healthcare benefits (TRICARE) for all Guard and Reserve members whether they are on active duty or not in order to prevent another illness like Gulf War Syndrome.  Hillary Clinton has secured protections for our soldiers against unscrupulous financial practices like predatory lending and insurance scams.  She increased the military survivor benefit from $12,000 to $100,000.  She introduced legislation to honor veterans of the Korean and the Cold War. She voted to increase funding for veterans' medical and mental health needs twenty nine times.

Hillary Clinton is always looking for better ways to enhance the wellness of the military and veterans. For example, the new GI Bill for the 21st Century legislation that her and Representative Murphy introduced. Numerous veterans, family and educational organizations whole-heartedly support this legislation. The 21st Century GI Bill of Rights Act will guarantee eligibility to all servicemembers -- Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserves -- who have served since September 11, 2001 and deployed overseas in support of a combat operation. Eligibility will also be extended to Active Duty personnel who have served a minimum of two years on Active Duty since September 11, 2001, and National Guard and Reserve personnel who have served a minimum aggregate of two years on Active Duty since September 11, 2001.

The Clinton-Murphy bill will:

• Increase Education Opportunities. The act will fund undergraduate education for servicemembers - eight college semesters of tuition, fees, books, room and board, and other educational costs (commensurate with costs paid by non-veterans). The education grant also can be used for specialized trade or technical training, and certification and licensing programs for both veterans and disabled veterans. Participants will not be required to pay into the program to receive grants.

• Increase Veterans Housing Opportunities. The act will exempt Veterans from paying loan fees and expand opportunities for veterans to purchase, build, repair or improve a home by increasing access to low interest loans through the Veterans Affairs Home Loan Guaranty Loan Program for homes valued up to $625,000. The current program requires loan fees and is capped at the conforming loan rate of $417,000.
• Increase Veterans Entrepreneurial Opportunities. The Clinton-Murphy bill would establish a Veterans Microloan Program, administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Small Business Administration. The program would provide Veterans microloans for entrepreneurial ventures up to $100,000 with interest rates capped at 2.5 percent and without requiring collateral. The program would also direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide Veterans counseling, technical assistance, and community outreach assistance.

Senator Hillary Clinton will always ensure we have the most optimal fighting force and take care of our military, veterans and family members.  She is the voice that the United States needs today.  I appreciate your vote for her as the President of the United States.

Sincerely,

LARRY ROMO, Lieutenant Colonel, USAFR (Retired)
USAF Academy Class of 1978
Texas Democratic Veterans Chairman
DNC Veterans and Military Families Council Member

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Lt Gen Peake for VA Secretary


by: llromo

Thu Nov 01, 2007 at 10:39 PM CDT

I while-heartedly support the nomination of Lieutenant General James Peake, US Army Retired, for VA Secretary.  I had the wonderful opportunity to meet him as he helped me on a couple of different projects over a two year period.  Mr brother-in-law, currently a US Army Colonel also worked with him a few years ago over about a two year period and has nothing but praises about General Peake.  I can attest he is a great person to work with and has an outstanding personality and positive way with people and definitely knows how to get things done.

I ask that the Senate confirm him as soon as possible as the VA needs the quality leadership that General Peake will provide.  The VA will be a better place with him at the helm.  I am also confident he will work with both major political parties in a bi-partisan fashion.

Respectfully,

LAWRENCE G. ROMO, Lt Col USAFR (Retired)

Bexar County Veterans Committee Chairman
Texas Democratic Veterans Chairman/DNC Veterans and Military Families Council Member

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DNC Veterans and Military Families Council Demand Optimal Health Care


by: llromo

Fri Mar 09, 2007 at 10:59 PM CST

DNC Veterans and Military Families Council Demand Optimal Health Care
for Our Military and Veterans

Posted by DNC Veterans and Military Families Council on March 9, 2007
at 09:28 AM

President Abraham Lincoln during his second inaugural address in
1865, stated: "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and
for his widow and his orphan." President Lincoln clearly understood
the importance of caring for our military and veterans that we put in
harms way and the importance of also caring for their family members.

The Walter Reed travesty is a Katrina moment for the Bush
Administration because it shows how the administration has completely
failed in their duty to care for the troops who have served so
bravely and their families back home.

It is high time the BUSH Administration stop having political photo
ops with the troops and declare mission accomplished and work to
truly have optimal quality health care for our military and veterans.
The Administration has let the troops down.

The DNC Veterans and Military Families Council calls on President
Bush to appoint veterans from all wartime eras to include Iraq or
Afghanistan and their family members on the new Presidential
Commission he is formulating to look at our military and veterans
health facilities. We need to ensure the current generation is heard
and represented. We need to take care of our heroes and will accept
nothing less.

LARRY ROMO, Lt Col USAFR (Ret)
DNC Veterans and Military Families Council Member

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