Dear Jason Kander,
As veterans and as Missourians, we are offended that this week you referred to the brave men and women who support Roy Blunt as political “props”. While we’re disappointed that you continue to support VA Secretary Bob McDonald, we are writing to you today to demand a formal apology for the disparaging remarks you made that have no place in politics.
Contrary to what you must believe, we are not simply political props who are unable to think for ourselves. We are fathers, mothers, business owners, lawyers, and doctors who made the decision to serve our great country, just as we made the decision to support Roy Blunt, a proven leader who will always fight for the issues most important to us.
Your disrespectful comments highlight a disturbing trend common in politics today; instead of trying to find a solution to the real problem – ensuring veterans receive the health care treatment we deserve – you sought to distract Missourians from the fact that you are on the wrong side of the issue, and support the very same VA officials who are responsible for the inexcusable decline in the treatment veterans are receiving.
If you are going to insult the veterans who stand with Blunt at various events like award ceremonies or campaign rallies, do you believe the veterans who pose for pictures or share the stage with you at events are political props too? Through your own hypocrisy, it seems you have managed to also insult the veterans who have chosen to support you.
We have chosen to support Blunt because he has truly earned it. He has always been there for us, and has a strong track record with a long list of accomplishments that Missouri veterans are thankful for. We thoughtfully and consciously made the decision to support Roy because we know that we can rely on him to continue fighting for the issues we care most about.
Dismissing the men and women who support you and who support Senator Blunt as mindless “props” has no place in politics. Your disrespectful comments belittle the sacrifices we made for our country, and for that reason, we are calling on you to issue a formal apology to the countless veterans you offended with your insulting choice of words.