Bob Dole 1996 On the Issues
Dole Stands on Veterans' Issues
Dole is a Decorated Veteran of World War II
Bob Dole spent 3 years and nine surgeries recovering from the massive injuries
he received while leading a platoon of the 10th Mountain Division in Italy. He
was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and two Purple Hearts. He
went to college because of the GI Bill of Rights. And he has been a longtime
leader for veterans' rights in the Senate.
Bill Clinton Has Not Stood Up For Veterans
Bill Clinton has alienated veterans. Whether it's veteran's hiring preferences,
funding for VA programs, or it's handling of foreign policy, the Clinton
Administration has shown a general disrespect for the men and women who have
served our nation:
- Clinton's 1995 budget
called for 5,300 personnel cuts in the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Clinton's 1997 budget
proposal would cut spending on veterans' medical care by 33 percent
between 1997 and 2000.
Even Bill Clinton's own Secretary of Veterans' Affairs had to admit that
"the President's numbers [would] . . . devastate the VA." (Secretary Jesse Brown, Testimony before the U.S.
House Veterans' Affairs Committee, March 29, 1996)
Bob Dole Has Fought For Fair and
Equitable Funding for Veterans Programs
Bob Dole has been committed to America's veterans. While championing fiscal
responsibility, Bob Dole has insisted on fair and equitable funding for
veterans programs. During his career, he has:
- Insisted that veterans'
compensation be increased and pensions not be shortchanged.
- Protected the veterans'
health care budget from the deep cuts experienced by most other domestic
- Made veterans' educational
benefits, such as the GI Bill, a top priority.
- Supported prompt resolution
of the questions surrounding veterans' exposure to Agent Orange and
- Pledged not to rest until
there is the fullest possible accounting of the MIAs and POWs in Vietnam
- Given high recognition to
the bravery and devotion to duty of all our nation's veterans.
- Supported efforts to
improve opportunities for veterans to start, own and operate businesses.
He endorsed efforts to upgrade current services and programs to provide
comprehensive assistance to veterans starting their own businesses.
Developed programs to
address the health care needs of our women veterans.
Bob Dole Will Continue to Fight for
As President, Bob Dole will:
- Promptly develop and
implement the necessary strategic plan to ensure that veterans have access
to the health care they will need well into the future.
- Bring the decisive
leadership and managerial skills to the VA that are necessary to resolve
the backlog of 380,000 compensation and other claims cases.
- Actively support a
Constitutional Amendment protecting the American flag from desecration.
- Support timely, equitable
COLAs for military retirees.
- Provide strong policy
direction to increase employment of veterans in all federal departments
- Work towards a substantial
increase in G.I. Bill benefits.
- Continue his demand for the
fullest possible accounting of all our POW/MIAs.
- Provide leadership and
continue to support programs to assist victims suffering from the Persian
Gulf War Syndrome.
Support a demonstration
program to determine the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of Medicare
reimbursing the Department of Defense for treatment of military
beneficiaries age 65 and older.
A Better America
With Bob Dole as President, the government will carry out its obligation
to provide for those who have protected America's interests. Families of
MIAs and POWs will know that the government is more committed than ever to
accounting for all of our Vietnam veterans. And veterans will be assured
that their pensions will be safe.
Source: Bob Dole 1996 Official Campaign Web Site