***PRESS RELEASE***Murray Missing In Effort To Support American Afghanistan War Veterans

PASCO, WA – Veterans advocate and U.S. Senate candidate Tiffany Smiley (R-WA) today voiced her support for the bipartisan effort to improve VA outreach to veterans of the War in Afghanistan.

Tiffany Smiley said: “Our chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan has reopened many wounds for our proud veterans, leaving families to help their veterans cope with the prospect of anxiety and depression – many questioning if we are going to give up on our own country, whether their fight was worth it, and whether their brothers and sisters in arms who lost their lives gave the ultimate sacrifice for nothing? Every day, 18 veterans commit suicide. Now more than ever, they need our help.”

“I echo the call of this bipartisan group of senators for improved outreach to our 800,000 Afghanistan war veterans, and I am shocked that Senator Murray did not join this common-sense effort to support our returning heroes. This is not a Democrat or Republican priority, supporting our veterans is an American priority. Senator Murray has long claimed to be a champion for our veteran community, but actions – or lack thereof – speak louder than words,” concluded Smiley.

On Monday, a bipartisan group of nearly three dozen Senators called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to develop a comprehensive outreach plan to connect veterans of the War in Afghanistan to VA benefits and services. Missing was the support of Senator Patty Murray (D-WA).

While this effort was supported by nearly three dozen, bipartisan members of the U.S. Senate – including members of both parties’ leadership and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) – Murray did not sign on in support of the initiative. To read the bipartisan letter in support of improved VA outreach to our returning heroes, click here.

To learn more about Tiffany Smiley’s record of taking on an unresponsive Federal government and fighting for the care of our nation’s veteran heroes, click here to download her campaign media kit.

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