Veterans Call Out Iowa Republicans

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An open letter to Members of Congress David Young, Rod Blum, and Steve King:

As veterans we took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, just as you did when you became Members of Congress. Our efforts to safeguard this country and provide support for our military demands that the wealthiest in our country pay their fair share in taxes. Your votes for tax giveaways to the wealthy and corporations undermines not only our long term ability to protect our country, it degrades the quality of life for every citizen by undercutting public schools and programs.

“Taxes are what we pay for civilized society,” wrote Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. And your actions have contradicted your responsibility to provide resources so that we can defend the Constitution, and so that every one of your constituents can enjoy the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness in our civilized society.

Iowans deserve far better. It is time for you to do your duty and ensure that the wealthiest among us pay their fair share in taxes.


Jon Hunstock | E5 US Navy
Early, Iowa

Lisa Crouse | HM3 US Navy
Council Bluffs, Iowa

Steven Pecenka | spec4 US Army
Ames, Iowa

Louis Toelle | E5 US Army
Crescent, Iowa

Billy Langham | Master Sergeant
Ames, Iowa

Ronald Dinsdale | Sgt. E5 US Army
Huxley, Iowa

Robert Denk | Sp4 US Army
Des Moines, Iowa

James McShane | Lcdr (Ret) US Naval Reserve
Waterville, Iowa

Homer Kalsem | Cpl. US Army
Huxley, Iowa

Mark Cooper | Petty Offier E-5 US Navy
Des Moines, Iowa

Laura Hubka | US Navy
Riceville, Iowa

Joe Stutler | Sergeant, US Army
Marion, Iowa

Benjamin Hanson | Petty Officer 3rd Class, US Navy; Sergeant Army National Guard
St. Lucas, Iowa

Robert Newman | US Navy
Des Moines, Iowa

Michelle D. Servadio RN | Specialist US Army
Muscatine, Iowa

Furman Goff | Coast Guard E-4
Coralville, Iowa

Vince Bjork | US Navy
Lake City, Iowa

Jerry Hageman | E4 US Navy
Waterloo, Iowa

Michael Newell | Col USAR
Urbandale, Iowa

Gary Cordell | Pvt US Army
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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