“It was Joe, not Markey, who picked up the phone when the VA turned its back on me. It was Joe, not Markey, who stood alongside me in standing up for our nation’s veterans. And it is Joe who continues to fight for every single veteran and service member that takes the pledge to serve our nation.”
Watertown, MA –– On Thursday, a group of Boston area veterans pledged their support for Joe Kennedy for U.S. Senate at a press conference held at the Puerto Rican Veterans Memorial in Boston. The speakers discussed the need for stronger leadership in the Senate and Kennedy’s leadership on veterans’ issues as reasons for their support.
The speakers included two-tour Iraq veteran Paul Jaques, transgender combat veteran Hanna Tripp, and Marine veteran Tony Molina, the first Puerto Rican soldier injured in Vietnam and President of the Puerto Rican Veterans Association.
“As a veteran I can tell you that Joe is always there for our community. I’ve seen Joe numerous times help Veterans by taking a one-on-one approach when dealing with different issues and concerns contacted by veterans. He follows through personally with them to the end, making sure all their needs are met.” said Paul Jacques. “The differences in this election year are clear. I just told you about Joe, so let me give you some fun facts about Ed Markey. On Ed Markey’s first vote in the US Senate, on dealing with the issue of Syria, he was the only member of the senate to vote present. How bold is that leadership? To vote present for your very first vote in the U.S. Senate. It’s unacceptable. Ed Markey claims to be the peace candidate when in fact he voted for the Iraq War. Let me say it again, Ed Markey voted for the Iraq War. How is it that the self proclaimed “peace candidate” when you vote to send your men and women into battle? I’ll be clear: Ed Markey has not delivered for veterans, the same men and women he voted to send into battle.”
“Joe gave me a voice at a time when our government tried to stifle it. And in doing so he conferred me the opportunity to be a voice for others. So, it was no surprise that when I was in Washington D.C. speaking out against the ban on transgender military service, it was Joe that was speaking and standing right alongside me.” said Hanna Tripp. “Each one of these experiences proved to me that Joe knows that the value of our institutions resides only in its ability to serve the people they represent. It was Joe, not Markey, who picked up the phone when the VA turned its back on me. It was Joe, not Markey, who stood alongside me in standing up for our nation’s veterans. And it is Joe who continues to fight for every single veteran and service member that takes the pledge to serve our office and our nation. While Markey spends his time in D.C, it is Joe fighting for the individuals of this state.”
“I’ve always been impressed with Joe because everytime he comes in, he uses the Spanish language to advocate, to say to us what he is looking for, and what he is willing to do for us as Puerto Ricans, Latinos, and Americanos.” said Tony Molina. “I personally endorse Joe Kennedy because again as a veteran, as the first Puerto Rican wounded in Vietnam, I know that Joe Kennedy will always be present for veterans, specifically Latinos and Puerto Rican Veterans.”