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Rose Siding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-05 11:45 AM
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Clark urges expanding reservist health care (Dem radio address)
(AP) -- Retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark used the Democrats' radio broadcast Saturday to insist that Reserve and National Guard members and their families should receive the same health insurance as the active force does.

"And just as importantly, we have got to keep our promises to veterans and provide them the medical care they need," Clark said. "That means fully funding the Veterans Administration system."
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"Like many others of my generation, I will also be remembering the many times I visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. I will remember those who selflessly gave their lives and paid the ultimate price so that we could live in freedom."

Also timed for Memorial Day, the House Democratic campaign committee is rolling out an advertising campaign this weekend accusing House Republicans of failing to support National Guard and Reserve troops.
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The ads refer to 12 GOP congressmen by name, accusing them of denying "these heroes the health care they deserve."

http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/05/28/dems.radio.ap/in...
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Totally Committed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-05 11:48 AM
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1. A couple more articles on the Address:
Wesley Clark remembers those in uniform this Memorial Day weekend

WASHINGTON Former Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark is remembering those who inspired him to enter the military this Memorial Day weekend.

Speaking in the Democrats' weekly radio address, the retired Army general said he'll always remember "those who selflessly gave their lives and paid the ultimate price so that we could live in freedom."
Clark also used the address to insist that Reserve and National Guard members receive health insurance for themselves and their families through the military's health care system, just as the active force does.

http://www.10tv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3404324

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Bush Honors War Dead in Radio Address

Excerpt:

Retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark, who was a candidate for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination, said in the party's broadcast Saturday that Memorial Day recalled personal memories.

"This Monday, I will be remembering those in uniform who served in World War II and Korea and inspired me to enter military service in 1962," Clark said. "Like many others of my generation, I will also be remembering the many times I visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. I will remember those who selflessly gave their lives and paid the ultimate price so that we could live in freedom."

Clark also used his address to insist that Reserve and National Guard members receive health insurance for themselves and their families through TRICARE, the military's health care system, just as the active force does.

"And just as importantly, we have got to keep our promises to veterans and provide them the medical care they need," Clark said. "That means fully funding the Veterans Administration system."

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/articles/2005/05/28/ap/h...

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Fuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-05 12:04 PM
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2. I thought they just liked us to put up ribbons?
They want health care too? :shrug:

:sarcasm:
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Catch22Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-05 12:05 PM
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3. I love this man! I say this with an unblimished record of heterosexuality
:rofl: But seriously, I think he's one of the greatest things that could have ever happened to our party. Anyone who thinks otherwise should REALLY go read some of his policy papers, and speeches. His brilliance is astounding, and many would be surprised to discover just how libral-minded Wes is.
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OKNancy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-05 02:05 PM
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4. The last lines of the address are so powerful
This Memorial Day, the country will come together to honor those veterans who fell from the line, making the ultimate sacrifice for our country, those who fought and came home sadder and wiser, and those who were left behind. We are not just the beneficiaries of their bravery.

We are the stewards of their sacrifice.
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TacticalPeek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-28-05 04:26 PM
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5. Thanks for that.
Those lines must have been added after the prepared remarks posted at Wespac.

http://www.securingamerica.com/?q=speeches/2004-05-28


Clark could do so much good for America as its President.

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