COOPER SAYS HE WILL FIGHT AGAINST CUTS IN VETERANS BENEFITS PROGRAM
NASHVILLEU.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said today that he will oppose cuts to veterans' health benefits proposed by President Bush in his budget for fiscal year 2007.
"Our veterans served their country with the expectation that our country would in turn be there to support them and their health care needs," Cooper said. "These men and women fought to preserve American freedom and democracy. I will do everything in my power to fight for them now and to make sure they continue to receive the benefits they earned and deserve."
"I am totally against what they are trying to do with these changes," said Ralph Land, President, Vietnam Veterans of America - Chapter 953. "These men and women put their lives on the line for our country and now they are trying to go back on their promises to them. They tried to do something like this after Vietnam and now they are trying again. It wasn't right then and it isn't right now."