Open Letter to Representative Boebert on Veterans Day
Nov. 11, 2023
To Representative Lauren Boebert,
This Veterans Day, Coloradans will celebrate the service and honor the sacrifice of men and women who served our country in the military.
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.
When those who served suffered lasting health effects from exposure to toxic substances, it was your duty to support them. Instead, you opposed the bipartisan PACT Act that provided the largest health care and benefit expansion in VA history, ensuring that veterans who are experiencing these health effects from toxic burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances get the healthcare they need.
It’s no exaggeration to say that every veteran knows the hardship that comes with delays receiving healthcare at Veterans Affairs facilities. It was your responsibility to strengthen the VA to ensure the delivery of timely, quality care to Colorado veterans. While you claim that you’ve done this, the truth is you voted against the Strengthening Oversight for Veterans Act of 2021, which did just that.
It was your role to vote to ensure the government didn't default on its debts weakening national security. Instead, you used this threat in your game to try to pass the Default on America Act that would have cut veteran outpatient visits, leaving them unable to get appointments for care like mental health and substance disorder treatment.
Today, the country sits at the precipice of another government shutdown. For weeks, you have claimed to be focused on making sure that will not happen but your actions do not match your words. Instead, you have been working to elect an extreme Speaker of the House in order to pass the Freedom Caucus’ proposed cuts to defense budgets and veterans benefits that we rely on.
Now the clock is ticking towards shut down again, which would mean tens of thousands of active duty military in Colorado having to work without a paycheck which also hurts their families, reduces their household spending, and impacts local economies.
The reality is, in the short three years that you have been in office, you’ve managed to vote against veterans more than 15 times, voting against bipartisan legislation and choosing gamesmanship instead. 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.
As veterans, one learns that doing your duty is simple: You put your responsibilities ahead of personal gain. Those who have served our country in the military understand this duty. Those who serve our country as an elected official should understand this same duty.
On behalf of Colorado veterans, for Veterans Day, we are calling on you to stop opposing legislation that helps us save money and live better, healthier lives.
Veterans, Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District