In defense of Cramer

Patrick Jensen


A Jan. 15th letter from Chris Deery that attacked Congressman Kevin Cramer was misleading and short sighted. The letter suggested that a 2014 Cramer campaign ad “displays disrespect for veterans” because it was shot at a state-owned cemetery. The letter was penned by Chris Deery, a veteran himself.

First of all, I thank Chris for his service to our nation. Even when we disagree on politics, it should not come at the expense of the things that really matter. We’re all Americans, and we too easily forget that in today’s divisive political climate. Secondly, I recognize that the rights to self-expression are among the very things that those in uniform fight to protect. As a veteran myself, I personally believe that the ad was tasteful and honorable toward the fallen. Of course, I respect that others may disagree. But, at the end of the day, I think most of us are tired of the war of words in today’s politics. People want to see results.

Let me write about the things that really matter. We have nearly 50,000 veterans in the state of North Dakota. Under President Trump, our veterans policies have improved dramatically. Congressman Kevin Cramer has either voter for or publicly supported every aspect of the president’s program. Included in this program are plans that end decades of communications failure and records transfer between the VA and the Defense Department. Increased transparency through online tools allow veterans to be better informed on wait times and quality issues. We’ve also had directives for the executive Cabinet to provide veterans with better access to mental health care. Specifically, Cramer voted for the ‘Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act’, which greatly streamlines the disability benefits appeal process. Additionally, he voted for the ‘Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act’, which greatly expands and extends GI Bill benefits to veterans and their families. Not only that, but Cramer’s vote for the ‘VA Choice and Quality Employment Act’, which authorizes billions in additional funds to aid eligible veterans — for example, those who live more than 40 miles from a VA facility and who are facing complications like long wait times.

When comes down to the things that matter most for veterans – Congressman Cramer has been there for us. He’s been there for us, not only in words, but also in actions. If we re-elect him in 2018, I have no doubt he will continue to do the same.