Senators should reconsider veterans bill




I was saddened and angered when I learned that our U.S. senators representing West Virginia, Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, both voted in favor of Senate Bill 2943, which would eliminate veterans’ preference for hiring in federal government jobs, with the exception of an initial hire.

As usual, politicians begin dismantling veterans’ benefits soon after the bleeding stops. Of course, few politicians have served in the military and understand the full range of sacrifices that veterans make while serving their country.

Veterans have gone into harm’s way and many have died and suffered physical and mental disabilities from the rigors of military service — but those aren’t the only sacrifices they make. While service members train to become experts on weapons and tactics in order to defeat our enemies, they are not making contacts and polishing political skills they need to move up the ladder in the civilian sector.

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