Supporting Our Veterans

Of all of the people employed by the federal government, our military servicemen, servicewomen, and veterans are those that deserve to have the promises of care that the federal government makes.


There are horrible bureaucratic stumbling blocks caused by the VA for getting veterans care, and it is absolutely my role as a representative of Congress to streamline solutions and beat down the stumbling blocks that are making it increasingly difficult for these men and women who have served and are serving our country.


In addition to this, protecting the property rights, wealth, and soundness of the money of these veterans is absolutely necessary for their long-term ability to live and prosper.  Our veterans, in many cases, have been abandoned by the federal government and should serve as a warning to us all about the inherent dangers in depending upon government for care.  As we find solutions, many of our strategies will be at the county and State level, where it is easier for veterans and their caretakers to access and have oversight of the processes.


As a former military spouse, I am well aware of many of the intricacies of serving, as well as the painful effects of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  It is absolutely our job as community members and benefactors of our veterans for us to embrace these men and women and find ways to care for them in our own communities, when the federal government fails us.


I want to fulfill the promises that we make to our veterans, and that means finding ways to work with the federal government, as well as outside of the dangerous bureaucracy when these veterans need immediate solutions.

Embracing Our Veterans & Understanding Our Threats

I have seen the face of war, because I was married to a young man in the military before, during, and after the attacks of 9/11.  I watched and was a part of this war on terror that we are still in today, and I have felt the cold stare of a human who has been affected by posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  My story has a relatively happy ending – so many do not – and it is imperative that we understand where we are as a country so that we can establish where we are headed.

It does not matter if you believe our wars are right or wrong – the fact of the matter is that there are terrorists, foreign and domestic, that seek to erode our liberties and our economic power.  They are doing a good job.  Our troops, and the veterans who have pledged life and limb to protect this country – deserve our time and attention to the emotional wounds that are so often a part of who they are when they come back from seeing combat in other countries.  Humans killing humans is un-natural, violent, and causes extreme emotional havoc – and it is our job – as members of the community and country that pays for these wars – to take care of these soldiers and try to help heal these wounds.

I lived in El Paso County for almost five years during my time in school and while I was the wife of a gunner on a tank stationed out of Fort Carson.  There are multiple military basis in El Paso County, and the military is the bread and butter for many people living in Colorado.  In 2009, there was a chain of murders that happened in Colorado Springs – and there was a story in the Gazette in part titled “The hell of war comes home”.

These soldiers who are trained to kill, oftentimes come back to our country with both physical and emotional wounds that can often take a toll on their families, their community, and their own lives.  It is a process that is a part of having a military and engaging in war.  Ideally, upon coming back these soldiers would have all of the services and time that they needed to heal – but this is not the case.  There are people and organizations, however, stepping up to make this possible for these soldiers and veterans.  And that is a very positive and proactive way to embrace the men and women who have given so much for our country.

I have been lucky enough to tour LifeQuest in Colorado Springs, and meet the founder of the organization, CW Conner.  They have a great facility that invites in soldiers returning from war with physical or emotional wounds (PTSD and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)) – and challenges them to take actions to heal.  It is a holistic approach – working on the mind, the body, and even the need for adrenalin and music – taking all of the parts of the chemical make-up of those who engage in combat.  It works – it is working – and lives are being changed and saved.

One of our greatest threats as a country is to not recognize that we must strengthen and empower our communities by loving our neighbors and interacting with the people that make our political economy possible.  Businesses, government, non-profits, the military, all industries and all individuals are a part of what makes our freedom and lives possible.  Forgetting who we are – that we are all a part of the human element that is here on this planet for one reason or another – is one of our greatest threats.  Our country’s moral compass is arguably broken – and one of the biggest fights we have is ignoring the human element in each of us.  Recognize that we are our power, and take some time to help someone who needs it – together we win.

Veteran for Ron Paul – Speech at Colorado Caucus

This speech is from one of our team members who went out and rallied for Dr. Paul the other night at the caucus in Colorado.  We thought you would enjoy reading his simple and eloquent case for freedom.


Thank you for coming out tonight.

I’m a Marine Corps veteran. I served in the Kowst region of Afghanistan from 2004-2005. I’m here to tell you why the troops and myself support Dr. Paul…. Why 81% of all military contributions go to Dr. Paul. That is 4 times more support from the US military personnel than all the other candidates combined….. In fact his top 3 campaign contributors are the US Army, US Air force, and the US Navy. This is a stark contrast to the top supporters of the other candidates which consist mainly of wall street and their banks.


1 month after the attacks of 9-11 I enlisted in the Marine Corps. I held my hand up and swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution… This is the same oath that brings me here tonight…. All military personnel have taken this oath including Dr. Paul as a flight surgeon in the US air force…. We have pledged our very lives in the defense and preservation of the Constitution and Liberty. The principle of liberty is what makes our country great, prosperous, and unique…. Dr. Paul not only understands and upholds the Constitution, He has fervently fought against big government in the defense of liberty every time its been threatened.. even when it has not been popular to do so….. He has shown an unwavering commitment to take the establishment head on in the defense of freedom. This is what earns him the respect of the fighting men and woman in the US Military. He is the champion of the constitution. He is truly a patriot and he is undoubtedly the Military’s choice for their commander in Chief.

However the biggest threat to our way of life is not to be found in the sands of far off lands but it is in the economic realities of our national debt… We now sit at a cross roads… America’s GDP is now equal to that of our National Debt. This is the tipping point…. In other words the Federal Government Owes more than We the People produce.. This is not only unsustainable but horribly irresponsible.

It was Dr. Paul’s economical foresight that got him into politics. In 1971 the government completely delinked the dollar from gold. Ron Paul warned that this would inevitably lead to out of control spending and an unaccountable government. Ron Paul was right… However this is not his only Prediction that has come to pass… He in great detail warned us of a housing bubble going back as far as 2001. Other Candidates collected 1.6 million dollars from Freddie mac, and told us how great everything was. Ron Paul also predicted the dot com bubble in 2000… We the people have been asking for someone who understands economics. We have that in Dr. Paul.

Not only does he have the economic insight so badly needed at this time in our nations history, he also has the answers… Ron Paul is the only candidate who has purposed any budget cuts let alone 1 trillion dollars in the 1rst year. He voted against Tarp and against every Bailout every time, Regardless of who has proposed it. While some candidates give lip service to fiscal sanity there actions certainly speak louder than words. Unlike others running Ron Paul has never voted for raising the debt ceiling, knowing that this is just political irresponsibility that translates into more spending. Just as Ron Paul has never voted to raise the debt ceiling he has also never voted for a tax increase. If those aren’t enough examples to his testament of fiscal responsibility please note he is the only member of congress who not only returns a portion of his congressional budget to the US treasury EVERY year, but he has also opted out of the lucrative congressional pension. And as President of these United States Dr Paul has vowed to take in no more than the average American income of 39,000 dollars. The Bottom Line is Ron Paul cant be bought and he has never sold us out. There is no other candidate in the running who has consistently fought for We the people our economy and Our Constitution.

Dr. Paul has truly earned my vote as well as my respect. I hope that he will have earned yours as well.

If you believe in the strict adherence to the Constitution as much as I do I would love to have you stick around and vote for me as a delegate. Thank you for your time.




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