My answer to Why are republicans obsessed with veterans?
Answer by Ken Larson:
Here are some members of Congress who are veterans and they are asking some great questions these days, creating serious thinking on both sides of the isle.
“New York Times”
“There are 26 veterans from the United States’ two most recent wars serving in the House and Senate.
Many say their experience in Iraq and Afghanistan taught them that the American military cannot fix what is fundamentally a cultural and political issue: the inability of governments to thwart extremism within their own borders.”
“THE WASHINGTON POST”
“There are now four female combat veterans in Congress.
And they have something to say about the changing face of the Armed Forces, which isto women joining combat units across the board.
They are a diverse group: Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) is a former Black Hawk helicopter pilot, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) served in the military police in Kuwait. Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) flew A-10s for the Air Force, and Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) served in the Iowa National Guard.
But they are speaking together in Congress just as the Pentagon is implementing sweeping changes to the face of the military. And as they raise their voices, their colleagues are listening to them on issues such as sexual harassment in the military, expanding family leave and planning options for soldiers, and – most recently – whether women should be eligible for the draft.”