Thanks to an act of Congress pushed by Jon Tester, today is PTSD Awareness Day. And across Montana, veterans' advocates are taking note of Congressman Dennis Rehberg's recent votes against veterans.
Congresman Rehberg recently voted against a bipartisan plan to help veterans suffering from from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brian injury, and missing limbs. The measure would have used $28 million in unspent funds to invest in research for these battlefield injuries, but Congressman Rehberg refused to support it.
Veterans' advocates have also been speaking out against Congressman Rehberg's opposition to PTSD research.
"Just this month the House of Representatives (including Rep. Denny Rehberg) voted against a proposal to increase funding for research on PTSD, traumatic brain injury and prosthetic limbs," writes Karen Bolinger, Montana's second lady, in today's Montana newspapers. "I find it unconscionable to make a decision that affects soldiers and veterans, like my son, who defended our country and whose lives are now forever changed."
"It's no surprise that Congressman Rehberg has broken his promises to those who served," said Ted Dick, Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party. "Congressman Rehberg has been siding with corporate special interests for 12 long years in Washington, while making irresponsible decisions that hurt the rest of us. Voting against support for veterans while protecting tax loopholes for millionaires is about as irresponsible as it gets."