The Veteran group representing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan rated Senator John McCain with the letter grade of “D” for his record on voting for legislation that provided assistance to veterans and troops. The grade represents his voting on 13 votes dealing with increasing funding for veterans, a veterans suicide prevention bill, a bill giving refugee status to translators who worked with US troops in Iraq, expanding benefits for those who died or were wounded and unable to pay off their enlistment bonus, and a new GI education bill of Rights. Both Obama and Biden received a “B” grade.
John McCain never ceases boasting he “cares about the troops” but he opposed the new GI Bill of Rights for education because it would encourage veterans to go to college instead of re-enlisting. It is a sad commentary that a man who served in the military receives a “D in supporting the military.