Colorado Veterans Deliver Letter to Rep. Boebert at Her Offices Across the District for Veterans Day
For Veterans Day, Colorado veterans from Rep. Boebert’s 3rd Congressional District have delivered an open letter to her offices in Durango, Montrose and Pueblo that states: “Colorado veterans need an ally in fighting for veterans in our U.S. Representative in Congress. Unfortunately, many of us have been deeply disappointed in your actual voting record, which demonstrates a pattern of putting personal gain ahead of your responsibility to members of the military and veterans across your district....Given the unfortunate absence of progress in your efforts, Colorado veterans have come together in a district-wide plea for you to honor your commitments to us.” Read the full letter here. See photos of the letter delivery here by U.S. Air Force veteran Carl Bostek and U.S. Marines veteran George Autobee. Boebert has not only voted against veterans more than 15 times, but she has recently demonstrated that she is not listening to the voices of veterans when they warned her of the negative impacts on members of the military and their families from playing games with a government shutdown. Rocky Mountain Values has been elevating the voices of veterans across the 3rd Congressional District in hopes that Boebert will listen to them when they say, “Stop voting against veterans.” Two TV ads from Pueblo residents Jerry Solano, U.S. Navy veteran, and George Autobee, U.S. Marines veteran feature this same message. The Denver Post also reported this week, "Paul Henricksen, who lives in Pueblo County and served as a U.S. Army infantry staff sergeant in both Iraq and Afghanistan, said Boebert failed veterans when she voted against the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act last year. The $325 million bill, which passed through Congress, provides care to veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange and other toxins. Henricksen, who is president of the Pueblo Veterans Council, said Boebert is so partisan in how she governs that she’d rather spend her time “trolling the liberals” than helping vets." In the open letter, veterans spell out the major votes that Boebert has taken to limit support for veterans:
Boebert repeatedly voted against the Honoring our PACT Act, which expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to toxic burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances.
Boebert voted against the Strengthening Oversight for Veterans Act of 2021, which improved oversight of the Department of Veteran Affairs to ensure the delivery of timely, quality care and benefits.
Boebert voted against an omnibus appropriations bill, which included bipartisan legislation to support veterans in rural areas, strengthen oversight of Department of Veteran Affairs, improve mental health care resources and suicide prevention efforts at VA, and committed nearly $120 billion for veterans medical care.
Earlier this year, Boebert voted in favor of the Default on America Act which would have cut veteran outpatient visits, leaving them unable to get appointments for care like mental health and substance disorder treatment.
As a member of the House Freedom Caucus, Boebert helped present its most recent budget, which calls for severe cuts to defense spending and “discretionary” spending, which includes veterans’ health care.