July 29 VCS Update: Veterans, Vote Your Voice!

This week’s update contains two topics. First, an update about our lawsuit and, second, VCS is fighting to restore veteran voting rights.

Veterans for Common Sense, in conjunction with Veterans United for Truth, appealed our lawsuit because we believe the courts do have jurisdiction and can force change. We have requested an expedited hearing, citing new statistics that show a veterans’ suicide hotline receives 250 calls a day from people in distress.

VCS still needs to raise $5,000 this month to cover our legal expenses! Your small contributions add up to something big. Please, click here to give today.

The November 4 Presidential Election has captured the nation’s attention. Veterans issues are now part of the national debate. Our first reminder is for you to register and vote. The late President John F. Kennedy, a World War II veteran, said, “the margin is narrow, but the responsibility is clear.”

As the debate heats up and Americans are urged to choose sides in this election, many are asked to give a financial contribution to their candidate of choice. VCS is fighting to ensure that our wounded and homeless veterans will be able to excercise their right to vote. We are working to keep veteran issues in the national spotlight. Please, make a contribution to VCS today so we can keep our veterans in America’s minds as they decide who will lead our country next.

Veterans and Veteran Supporters: register and vote. America is at war, and our next president will have influence on so much that effects our troops and our veterans. If you are overseas, you need to request your absentee ballott now. Click here to read an article comparing Senator Obama and Senator McCain’s positions on veterans and the Iraq War.

Only 58% of the US adult population registers and votes. Of those registered to vote, nearly 90% voted in the last presidential election. Each day, ask somebody new if they are registered to vote. Include a message in your outgoing e-mail saying: “Remember to register to vote today. Then please be sure to vote on November 4, 2008. This is one way to honor our fellow Americans who stood between an enemy bullet and our beloved Constitution.” Many states have registration deadlines well before election day. Click here for state-by-state information on voter registration.

Studies show that veterans are more likely to vote than non-veterans. However, what about our deployed servicemembers overseas and our veterans in nursing homes and hospitals? Earlier this year, VA issued a ban on voter registration and voting assistance at VA hospitals and nursing homes and among homeless veterans. VCS thinks that is wrong. Your vote effects the future quality and timeliness of service that our veterans get when they walk into VA looking for help.

VCS leads the way fighing for our wounded warriors’ right to vote. We are the only veterans group that has raised voting rights for service members & veterans as an issue. Make a gift to VCS today and support this mission.

The Senate introduced S. 3308, the Veteran Voting Support Act. VCS has endorsed this bill and we ask you to call Senators and Representatives so this bill passes in time to help our veterans register for the November election.

In a related development, a bill was introduced Friday to allow VA to provide voter registration and voting assistance. “Reps. Bob Brady, D-Pa., who chairs the Committee on House Administration, and Bob Filner, D-Calif., who chairs the House Veterans Affairs Committee, said in a letter to Peake that voter registration drives are one of the most effective tools in promoting veterans’ right to vote.”

For our veterans and service members, VCS asks you to please remember to register to vote today. Then please be sure to vote on November 4, 2008. This is one way to honor our fellow Americans who stood between an enemy bullet and our beloved Constitution.

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