The wisdom (or lack of) surrounding the combined wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is one of the most debated issues of our time, but what is not debatable is the terrible impact those wars have had on the men and women in uniform who have served in those theaters. And, for many, coming home presents a whole new set of obstacles to overcome, not the least of which is navigating the labyrinthine maze to access benefits that can help them find their way. But for people like Senator Burr, this issue is merely an opportunity for posturing.
Here's the posturing:
Senator Richard Burr will host a VETERANS FAIR at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC from 9:00AM to 12:00PM, Tuesday, January 26, 2010. Please join his staff and North Carolina Economic Development and talk one-on-one with Officials to address your individual needs.
The event will include opportunities for veterans to have questions answered by Veterans Administration officials regarding the following:
Claims and Benefits
Home Loans and Housing
the G.I. Bill
Employment and Training programs
Transition and Readjustment Programs
Contracting with the Government
Federal Legislation that affects veterans
Here's the fancy flyer (pdf) advertising the event Burr is "hosting":
Senator Richard Burr
is pleased to invite you to attend a
Talk One-on-One with Officials to Address Your Individual Needs
And here is the reality those announcements only hint at:
Members of his staff will attend the meeting, but Burr will not.
I understand the Senate is in session today, but if Burr can work in golf fundraisers and more parties than any other Senator, you'd think he could schedule this veteran's meeting so he could work them in, too. But all they would give him is questions he couldn't answer anyway, so let the staff handle it.