How the GOP honors our troops: “Female wounded veteran… ehhh”

You remember GOP Congressman Joe Walsh, he’s the deadbeat dad who reportedly owes his three kids $100,000 in child support he’s refused to pay.  Iraq war vet Tammy Duckworth is running against him this fall.

Ah, those GOP family values.  (Speaking of family values, right after a judge admonished Walsh for the $100,000 in back child support, a religious right hate group gave Walsh a “family values” award.)

From VoteVets:

In an appalling new low, [GOP] Congressman Joe Walsh today slammed his opponent Tammy Duckworth’s military service. Walsh told Politico, “What else has she done? Female, wounded veteran … ehhh.” Duckworth served as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot in Iraq in 2004, and lost her legs and part of the use of her right arm. She was awarded the Purple Heart for her combat injuries and is still active as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois National Guard.

VoteVets.org PAC, the largest group of progressive veterans responded in a statement, demanding an apology to Duckworth, and putting Walsh’s own record up against Duckworth’s service to the country and veterans.

“Just when you think Congressman Joe Walsh couldn’t sink any lower, he insults the service and sacrifice of our Veterans, particularly one like Tammy who lost her limbs in the line of duty. Congressman Walsh owes Tammy Duckworth and all Veterans an apology for his outrageous disrespect for their service,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org PAC. “But it’s not just that. If you think working for America’s veterans at the VA both in Washington and Illinois is nothing, if you think working to improve the economic lives of veterans is nothing, then Joe Walsh’s record is below nothing. He represents the do-nothing, obstructionist, extreme Tea Party wing of the GOP, not the values that Tammy stood up for.”


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