Vukmir tells roundtable meeting of veterans that she will fight for them
September 12, 2018
[Madison, WI] — Senator Tammy Baldwin failed veterans at the Tomah VA. Baldwin was the only member of Congress to receive an official government report on the over-prescription of opioids and yet failed to act in order to protect Wisconsin’s veterans. On Monday of this week, Leah Vukmir told Wisconsin veterans that they have her commitment that she will fight on their behalf, and called out Baldwin for failing our state’s heroes.
Watch coverage of the Vukmir’s meeting with veterans here or find excerpts below.
Baldwin, Vukmir attack each other over care for veterans and cancer patients
September 10, 2018
In a close race, Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Republican rival Leah Vukmir are attacking each other over their care for military veterans and cancer patients.
During a roundtable with Vukmir on Monday, Sept. 10, several Wisconsin veterans shared war stories and horror stories about trying to get medical care at VA hospitals.
At Vukmir’s event, the veterans said they were looking to the candidate — whose son is a U.S. Army ranger — to push changes that would allow them to more easily get private medical care.
“I’m thrilled we have the opportunity to send someone to go fight these fights, who has actual skin in the game,” said Sam Rogers, an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan and is now a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee student.
“You have my commitment. Don’t worry about that,” Vukmir told them.
During the nearly 90-minute discussion, Vukmir never mentioned Baldwin. But while talking with reporters afterward, Vukmir slammed Baldwin’s handling of the opioid prescribing scandal at the Tomah VA.
“To be the only person on this Congressional delegation to have known that a doctor was over-prescribing opioids, a veteran died, and many others became addicted — to me, it’s unconscionable,” Vukmir said.
Republicans have said Baldwin should have responded more urgently to a whistleblower’s concerns about opioid overprescribing. Baldwin fired a staffer in 2015 over the matter.
Watch the full story here.