Predictably, the organizations he has called out went bonkers. Via Politico:
Calling Burr’s letter a “monumental cheap shot” and a “disgusting ambush style of politics,” Veterans of Foreign Wars’ commander in chief William A. Thien and John E. Hamilton, the adjutant general, said on Monday that Burr should be ashamed of his conduct.
“Senator, this is clearly one of the most dishonorable and grossly inappropriate acts that we’ve witnessed in more than forty years of involvement with the veteran community and breaches the standards of the United States Senate. Your allegations are ugly and mean-spirited in every sense of the words and are profoundly wrong, both logically and morally. Quite frankly Senator, you should be ashamed,” Thien and Hamilton wrote.
The other chartered VSOs chimed in along the same lines.
Unfortunately, Senator Burr is absolutely right. While the VSOs do great work at the post level, the profession veterans that staff the Washington, DC offices of the Congressionally chartered VSOs are, for all intents an purposes, extensions of the federal government in general and the VA in particular.
Of course. The various provinces of the Ruling Classes don’t like to rock each other’s boats. Too much is at stake in terms of personal power, prestige, and wealth.
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