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Vietnam vet will support Walz

I am a Vietnam veteran, a graduate of Lourdes High School and a former resident of Rochester. I joined the Army in 1966 and subsequently lost both my legs and one arm in a landmine explosion. As the election approaches, I'd like to let my fellow ...

I am a Vietnam veteran, a graduate of Lourdes High School and a former resident of Rochester. I joined the Army in 1966 and subsequently lost both my legs and one arm in a landmine explosion. As the election approaches, I'd like to let my fellow veterans know where I stand. In this election I am supporting Command Sgt. Major (Ret.) Tim Walz.

I am highly engaged at the national level in trying to secure veterans the benefits they were promised, and my experience tells me that it is crucial that we elect CSM Walz. Walz not only possesses extensive leadership experience in the military, but he has also demonstrated his commitment to helping our brothers and sisters in arms since his retirement. Walz is unwavering in his commitment to protect and defend those who served our country.

Tim Walz is more than just an advocate for veterans. As someone who has taught in our public schools for nearly two decades, he is the kind of person our children deserve to have at the table when No Child Left Behind comes up for renewal next year.

I appreciate Tim's efforts to engage his opponent in a discussion about Iraq, and I hope that voters will listen to his common-sense approach. But beyond that, I hope that the voters of the 1st District will realize that Walz is not only good for today's soldiers; he will be an advocate for future soldiers, their families and the millions of American veterans.

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