Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
July 30, 2015

Burr: VFW, DAV More Outraged by Letter Than by VA Scandal

Burr VA Scandal VFW DAV letter

Burr fired back Sunday at the VFW and DAV after they expressed outrage at a letter he wrote slamming the veterans groups’ leadership. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Memorial Day weekend sparring between veterans groups and the top Republican on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in the wake of the VA scandal is continuing.

Sen. Richard M. Burr fired back at veterans service organizations after they blasted the North Carolina Republican in response to an open letter to veterans that Burr issued on Friday. In his response, Burr questions the priorities of groups like the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

“The VSOs’ response is a rousing defense of the status quo at VA,” Burr said in a statement provided to CQ Roll Call. “It’s clear that my open letter to America’s veterans has outraged some VSOs more than the scandals at VA — I believe their testimony stands on its own.”

Burr’s Friday letter said that a recent committee “hearing made it clear to me that the staff has ignored the constant VA problems expressed by their members and is more interested in their own livelihoods and Washington connections than they are to the needs of their own members.”

The VFW’s leadership issued a letter Saturday responding Burr’s open letter, calling Burr’s missive “clearly one of the most dishonorable and grossly inappropriate acts that we’ve witnessed in more than forty years of involvement with the veteran community and breaches the standards of the United States Senate.”

Another group, Disabled American Veterans, joined in the criticism of Burr on Sunday morning.

“DAV is outraged that North Carolina’s Senator Richard Burr chose the eve of Memorial Day weekend – a sacred time to remember and honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation — to attack the patriotism of leaders of most of the nation’s leading veterans service organizations,” DAV said in its own statement.

Comments (35)

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

author email

  1. YONATAN C

    May 26, 2014
    2:55 p.m.

    THE REPUBLICANS HAVE DECLARED WAR ON THE POOR AND THE UNEMPLOYED IN THIS COUNTRY. THEY HAVE REFUSED TO PASS THE UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION BILL THAT WOULD HAVE HELPED THE 2.6 MILLION FAMILIES IN DESPERATE NEED OF HELP. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE USED THE EXTENSION BILL AS HOSTAGE IN THE SENATE FOR POLITICAL LEVERAGE TO FURTHER THEIR PARTY’S POLITICAL AGENDA. THEY HAVE SHOWN A TOTAL LACK OF HUMAN COMPASSION, AND OF COMMON DECENCY. THEY HAVE DELIBERATELY STALLED AND DELAYED THE VOTE SO THAT THE BILL WOULD BECOME TOO LATE TO PASS IN THE SENATE. THIS WAS A CALCULATED MOVE ON SENATOR JOHN BOEHNER’S PART, TO DERAIL THE VOTING PROCESS. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE DEMONSTRATED A TOTAL “DISCONNECT” FROM THE AVERAGE AMERICAN, AND HAVE SHOWN THE WORLD JUST FOR WHOM THEY TRULY WORK FOR, AND IT’S NOT YOU OR I. THEY WORK FOR BIG BUSINESS AND MEN LIKE THE KOCH BROTHERS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SEEN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY’S TRUE FACE, AND IT’S NOT PRETTY. THEY NEED TO ALL BE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE IN THE COMING ELECTIONS. THEY HAVE FAILED THEIR DUTY AS THE PEOPLE’S REPRESENTATIVE.

    • RobSiegmund

      May 27, 2014
      6:52 a.m.

      Since the Republicans won’t let you vote other people’s money, can’t you just steal it yourself?

    • RIDGERUNNER29

      May 31, 2014
      7:19 p.m.

      you moron,you don’t even know enough to name Boehner’s true title which is Speaker of the House of Representatives.He is not and has never been a Senator.See,you just proved Affirmative Action is a FAILURE!!!!!

  2. dangerclose

    May 27, 2014
    12:14 p.m.

    Republicans will do everything possible to keep cut taxes for the rich, but when given the opportunity to provide faster treatment for veterans they filibuster as they did in Feb 2014. Senate Republicans blocked a $20 billion boost for the VA, which among other things expanded veterans’ healthcare programs, because they claimed that the spending wasn’t paid for and added to the deficit.

    GOP blocks veterans bill

    http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/199480-gop-blocks-veterans-bill

    These same Republicans are currently pushing to extend more than 50 tax breaks for big business that expired at the end of 2013. Extending these tax breaks will increase the deficit by $310 billion over the next decade, plus an additional $58 billion in interest costs. Republicans don’t pay for these tax breaks and the entire amount is added to the deficit.

    Republicans Love Big Business So Much, They Forget About Reducing the Deficit

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117597/gop-requires-offset-unemployment-benefits-not-tax-breaks

    The GOP hypocrites are willing to increase the deficit by nearly $378 billion to support tax breaks for big business, but are unwilling to provide $20 billion to support the VA and expand veterans’ healthcare programs.

  3. stevenharnack

    May 27, 2014
    12:40 p.m.

    Republicans are always questioning other people’s patriotism but when it gets down to actually doing something for Americans their constituency seems to shrink down to about 1% of the population, and veterans aren’t any part of it. When it comes to knowing who bears the most responsibility for the poor after care of veterans I’ll take the word of the VFW every time over that of some self serving blowhard Congressman.

  4. Prismatic

    May 28, 2014
    12:19 a.m.

    It doesnt seem likely that Burr can win this argument with so many veterans groups protesting his letter. He would have been better advised to respond with a more conciliatory tone instead of putting more fuel on the fire. I don’t see other Republicans coming to his defense yet. Maybe they will, but it seems doubtful. He is not a veteran himself and that will count against him. Veterans remember.

  5. depaul

    May 28, 2014
    11:38 a.m.

    Burr has a rabid case of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” –he should resign from participating in anything with Veteran’s Affairs, he has fully demonstrated he has nothing to offer, and much to harm

  6. Anonymous

    June 27, 2015
    3:32 a.m.

    We’re a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your website provided us with valuable info to work on. You have done an impressive job and our whole community will be thankful to you.

    http://www.sdorttuiiplmnr.com/

  7. Anonymous

    July 2, 2015
    2:28 p.m.

    Glad to be one of the visitants on this awful internet site : D.

    http://mydewasa.weebly.com/

  8. Anonymous

    July 4, 2015
    2:01 p.m.

    Hi, Neat post. There’s a problem together with your site in web explorer, might test this?K IE still is the marketplace chief and a good component to folks will pass over your excellent writing because of this problem.

    http://www.furtdsolinopv.com/

  9. Anonymous

    July 7, 2015
    11:29 p.m.

    Hello! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group? There’s a lot of people that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Thanks

    http://www.justiceharvard.org/2013/04/michael-sandel-interviewed-on-australian-radio/

  10. Anonymous

    July 9, 2015
    7:59 a.m.

    I have been exploring for a little bit for any high-quality articles or weblog posts on this sort of house . Exploring in Yahoo I eventually stumbled upon this site. Reading this information So i am glad to express that I’ve a very just right uncanny feeling I discovered exactly what I needed. I most without a doubt will make certain to do not fail to remember this web site and provides it a glance on a constant basis.

    https://ello.co/fmorenop/

  11. Anonymous

    July 12, 2015
    3:47 p.m.

    This blog is definitely rather handy since I’m at the moment creating an internet floral website – although I am only starting out therefore it’s really fairly small, nothing like this site. Can link to a few of the posts here as they are quite. Thanks much. Zoey Olsen

    http://www.sdorttuiiplmnr.com/

  12. Anonymous

    July 18, 2015
    5:12 a.m.

    Good write-up, I am normal visitor of one¦s site, maintain up the excellent operate, and It’s going to be a regular visitor for a long time.

    https://community.intuit.com/users/3464720-blakenoel1122

  13. Anonymous

    July 21, 2015
    2:51 a.m.

    I haven’t checked in here for a while because I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are great quality so I guess I will add you back to my daily bloglist. You deserve it my friend :)

    http://lowcostautoquotes.com/low-cost-car-insurance.html

  14. Google

    July 21, 2015
    8:50 p.m.

    The data mentioned inside the write-up are a number of the best readily available.

  15. outdoor blowjob

    July 22, 2015
    6:03 p.m.

    A round of applause for your article.Thanks Again. Keep writing.

  16. paintless dent repair training

    July 23, 2015
    4:25 p.m.

    Here are a few of the sites we suggest for our visitors

  17. cobrança de dívidas poland

    July 24, 2015
    8:17 a.m.

    Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a number of unrelated information, nonetheless really really worth taking a look, whoa did 1 discover about Mid East has got extra problerms also

  18. Chicago Electrical Engineers

    July 24, 2015
    noon

    one of our guests not too long ago suggested the following website

  19. hormones

    July 24, 2015
    12:47 p.m.

    that could be the finish of this article. Right here you will come across some web pages that we think you will enjoy, just click the links over

  20. how to help him fall in love with you

    July 24, 2015
    8 p.m.

    one of our guests a short while ago encouraged the following website

  21. mcm

    July 24, 2015
    8:37 p.m.

    please check out the web pages we adhere to, which includes this 1, as it represents our picks through the web

  22. Anonymous

    July 24, 2015
    10:19 p.m.

    I haven’t checked in here for a while since I thought it was getting boring, but the last several posts are great quality so I guess I will add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend :)

    https://bestplumbers.com

  23. voip calling card

    July 25, 2015
    9:22 a.m.

    although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we really feel they may be actually really worth a go via, so have a look

  24. voip card

    July 25, 2015
    10:06 a.m.

    Here is a good Weblog You might Uncover Interesting that we Encourage You

  25. voip calling card

    July 25, 2015
    7:19 p.m.

    the time to study or take a look at the content material or web sites we’ve linked to below the

  26. Anonymous

    July 25, 2015
    7:23 p.m.

    Definitely believe that which you stated. Your favourite reason appeared to be on the web the easiest thing to remember of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed at the same time as folks think about worries that they just don’t recognise about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the highest and defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , folks can take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thank you

    http://iphone-news.ch/forum/discussion/28021/toronto-home-insurance-calculator

  27. free work from home opportunities

    July 26, 2015
    9:06 a.m.

    Sites of interest we have a link to

  28. seo company in bangladesh

    July 26, 2015
    4:59 p.m.

    please pay a visit to the websites we follow, such as this a single, because it represents our picks in the web

  29. Anonymous

    July 28, 2015
    10:13 a.m.

    Very good written story. It will be beneficial to anyone who usess it, including me. Keep doing what you are doing – i will definitely read more posts.

    http://www.sdorttuiiplmnr.com/

  30. Voip cheapest company List

    July 28, 2015
    5:07 p.m.

    although internet websites we backlink to beneath are considerably not connected to ours, we feel they are actually really worth a go by means of, so have a look

  31. affiliate marketing real ways

    July 29, 2015
    1:06 a.m.

    Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine several unrelated information, nevertheless truly worth taking a search, whoa did 1 understand about Mid East has got more problerms too

  32. luxury shelves

    July 29, 2015
    9:09 p.m.

    the time to read or stop by the content material or web pages we’ve linked to beneath the

  33. roofing pro

    July 29, 2015
    11:42 p.m.

    check beneath, are some completely unrelated websites to ours, on the other hand, they are most trustworthy sources that we use

Sign In

Forgot password?

Or

Subscribe

Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...