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VFW endorsement skips vet subcommittee chief
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VFW endorsement skips vet subcommittee chief
By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Oct 9, 2008 5:57:30 EDT

The political action committee for Veterans of Foreign Wars has endorsed 212 political candidates running for seats in the House and Senate in November, a fairly politically balanced group of 101 Republicans and 116 Democrats.

But the list is not without controversy: The PAC has endorsed the Republican challenger to Rep. John Hall, a New York Democrat who happens to be chairman of the House Veterans Affairs subcommittee on disability assistance.

Hall has worked on legislation to cut the processing time for veterans benefits claims and to increase accuracy of claims but has disappointed some veterans by eliminating an advisory council on veterans issues.

Hall, whose congressional district includes parts of Dutchess, Orange, Rockland and Westchester counties, was the chief House sponsor of the Veterans Benefits Modernization Act, which orders the use of technology to process veterans disability claims. He is one of 150 lawmakers who received an A+ grade on a congressional report card issued Tuesday by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

Instead of endorsing Hall, the VFW PAC backed former Marine Reserve Cpl. Kiernan Lalor, who deployed to Iraq in 2003 and who also volunteered for reserve duties in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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