State Senate candidate argues that the GOP forgets that the VA was inspired by Abraham Lincoln

LENOIR, N.C. – Art Sherwood, the Democratic candidate for N.C. State Senate District 46, in an essay on his website, today criticized efforts by President Trump and the GOP-led Congress to privatize the Veteran Administration (VA) following the firing of VA chief David Shulkin, who said he was fired because he stood in the way of efforts by Trump and the GOP to privatize the VA.

Sherwood responded, “It seems that the GOP has forgotten that the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, was the inspiration behind the VA, as noted in the Mission Statement on the VA’s website: ‘To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise ‘To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan’ by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans.’”

Sherwood continued, “While the GOP may have forgotten Lincoln’s intentions, I have not. We have a sacred obligation to honor the mission of the VA and should not farm it out to profiteers who will put making money ahead of caring for our veterans. There are nearly one million veterans in North Carolina, making up over nine percent of our population. They deserve better than having their treatment transferred to a private provider looking to cut corners to increase profits.”

He concluded, “We can do better. I will do better, given the opportunity. There are nearly a million veterans in North Carolina counting on the VA. Let’s not let them down.”

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Senate District 46 includes Avery, Burke and Caldwell counties.

To speak with Art Sherwood, call Campaign/Communications Director Michael Barrick at 828-750-5403 or reply via email.