After two of the three Presidential debates, neither President Barack Obama nor Governor Mitt Romney has addressed veterans issues in any substantive way. The topics that were on the table for discussion were both foreign and domestic policy – yet veterans and the war in Afghanistan have gone largely uncovered.
So far in the debates, Big Bird has been mentioned the same amount of times as “veterans,” “Afghanistan,” and “military.” It is hard to decide whom the best candidate is for one of the largest voting blocks in America based on any responses to debate questions. Yes, part of it is the questions, but it is not difficult to work veterans into questions involving jobs, the economy and education. Yet, neither candidate has stepped up to the plate and taken the reins in making veterans a priority in their answers. I realize the “middle class” is incredibly important to our country, but when did they become so to the exclusion of veterans?
I’m hoping that one or both of the candidates steps up in the final debate to give veterans the answers to questions that they deserve.