I'm voting for Obama again. I'm not in love with him, but he's better than the competition. He's done a few things I like: ending don't ask, don't tell, attempting to get universal health care, killing Osama Bin Laden and Anwar Al-Awlaki, and hiring Eric Shinseki (probably the best Sec. of Veterans Affairs ever).
You'd think so, but I didn't vote McCain because he told a group of the big three VSOs (veterans service organizations) - the VFW, Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion that veterans needed to "take on for the team" and accept decreased benefits. You'd think by the way they talk, Republicans would be the ones to help vets, but mostly, they don't. The folks who've done the most (in Congress) for vets are democrats.
Nickelson, Bush's Sec of VA, had $2 billion in funding he couldn't account for. One of his guys spent $35,000 on plane tickets for his mistress to fly first class from Florida to DC to see him. There was a lot of corruption in VA under Nickelson. He was terrible. VA workers wouldn't even answer the phone. It would ring 18 or 20 times only to be turned over to automcated system that wouldn't even take a message. I have only used the VA under Clinton, Bush and Obama. I would rate Clinton as "needs improvement". Bush as terrible and Obama - good job.
IMO, Republicans are pretty good to the active duty. Active duty loves them. But Republicans are a lot less nice to veterans.
I vote for whomever helps out vets and will respond when I write them. I have had some good results writing to my new Senator Republican Jerry Moran. We'll see how he handles my most recent complaint. He did get the local VA's tv station changed from religious programming which promoted going off mental health treatment of all kinds and just pray more to something else. Not a good idea to encourage vets to go off their happy pills!